Apr 15, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin

Black Studies, B.A.

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This interdisciplinary major requires 39 credits with at least two classes each from departments of History and English; at least one class from the department of Anthropology; at least one class with an additional prefix (other than ENGL, HIST or ANTH); at least three classes at the 300 or 400-level; and a six-credit (two semester) directed study capstone. We strongly encourage students to participate in a Black Studies related internship or study abroad program. See also the listing for an Africana Studies minor .

Courses should be chosen in consultation with a Black Studies program advisor from the following list. (Under advisement, new and one time courses may also be considered for Black Studies credit.)

Program Learning Outcomes

1.  Demonstrate an understanding of the rich complexities of social, political, economic, environmental, and cultural life among African and a variety of African diaspora peoples, past and present
2.  Demonstrate the ability to identify and critically assess different disciplinary, methodological, and interpretive approaches to the study of Africans, African Americans, and other people of the African diaspora
3.  Be able to analyze and compare different kinds of texts and artifacts-e.g. historical documents, literary texts, films, museum exhibits, monuments, visual art, electronic media, etc.
4.  Communicate ideas well in written and oral form, appropriate for an academic setting, including proper citation and revision skills

General Education Requirements (30-46 Credits)

Prerequisite coursework may be required to satisfy certain General Education courses and will count as elective credit.

Total Credits Required to Complete Major: 39

Basic Requirements: (39 Credits)


Intermediate-level proficiency in a language (other than English) spoken widely in Africa.

Sample Course Map

For Students who Matriculated prior to Fall 2022: please select the bulletin year in which you entered the college (matriculated) at the top right of this page.

Curriculum Map


Total Credit Hours: 120

Note: There is considerable flexibility in both the order and specific courses. This sample program has been chosen to provide a possible sequence that emphasizes general education classes that are particularly relevant to Black Studies and quickly introduces students to Black Studies classes in a variety of departments.

Note: Variation in the order of courses is possible, depending upon prereqisties.  Consult course information in the bulletin or your academic advisor to customize your eight semester plan.  

KEY - Participation in a Global Society (PGS)


Sub Areas

Abbreviation Definition
DPP Diversity, Pluralism, Power
WCV World Cultures & Values
CGC Contemporary Global Challenges
CAI Creativity & Innovation
SST Sustainability

Learning Areas

Abbreviation Definition
HUMA Humanities
SOSC Social Science


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