Black Studies

Why a Black Studies Minor?

The Black Studies program enables students of all backgrounds to discover, research, and demonstrate broad familiarity with many or all aspects of black culture from a local, national and global perspective. Additionally, the program teaches students to use critical reading, thinking and writing skills when analyzing black-related themes and issues in order to become competent scholars of black culture.

A minor in Black Studies would prepare students to enter a global workforce in a variety of careers including: Social Work, Human Resources, Education, Counseling, Medicine, Public Health, Law, Business, Marketing, International Affairs, Government Agencies, Non-Governmental Agencies, Curatorial and Archival Management, Journalism, and the Graduate School (American Studies, Cultural Anthropology, History, to name a few)

Transferable Skills

Expressing Ideas, Listening Skills, Persuasion, Public Speaking, Technical Writing, Written Communication, Cultural Understanding, Gathering Information, Identifying Problems, Research Skills, Planning, Strategic Planning/Visioning, Creating Innovative Solutions, Multi-tasking, Analytical/Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and many more!

Notable Alumni of Black Studies or African Studies Majors 

  • Michelle Obama
  • Angela Bassett (B.A. in African-American Studies from Yale U)
  • Mae Jemison (B.A. in Afro-American Studies from Stanford U)
  • Aaron McGruder (B.A. in African-American Studies from U of Maryland, College Park)
  • Marc H Morial
  • Jendayi Frazer (B.A. in African and Afro-American Studies & Political Science from Stanford U)
  • Ava DuVernay (B.A. in Afro-American Studies from Yale U)
  • Claudia Thomas (B.A. in Black Studies from Vassar College)
  • Richard W. Roberts (B.A. in Black Studies & Political Science from Vassar College)
  • Gloria Naylor (M.A. in Afro-American Studies from Yale U)
  • Do Kim (B.A. in Afro-American Studies & Sociology from Harvard U)
  • Brian L. Harper (B.A. in Afro-American Studies & Biology from Brown U)