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Black Studies

Giving voice to the Black experience.

From history and politics to music and literature, the Black Studies program encourages a greater understanding of various aspects of black culture and a new appreciation for the impact people of African descent have made on world cultures and human history.

Untold stories of the African-American experience before and after the Civil War are as close as the College’s Miller Library, where census and land records and newspaper accounts offer you a wealth of primary sources for research projects.

You might enjoy coursework focusing on the Harlem Renaissance, take classes in race and ethnicity, jazz or hip-hop, or participate in the Afro-Cuban and jazz musical ensembles to fulfill course requirements for this interdisciplinary minor. You might even choose to study abroad at Rhodes University in South Africa. Another unique opportunity for Black Studies minors is the Frederick Douglass Fellowship, awarded annually to a sophomore or junior. The grant funds student research projects on African-American studies topics.