Black Studies Degree Requirements
Bachelor of Arts in Black Studies
The Black Studies department currently offers a major leading to the B.A. with an African-American emphasis or African emphasis as well as a minor program with the same options.
The central mission of the Black Studies program is to prepare students to critically understand, conduct research, and interpret the complex histories, societies, and cultures of people of African descent in the United States, Africa, and the Diaspora. Black Studies unapologetically facilitates the creation of a self conscious body of capable and committed intellectuals who choose to use their knowledge in the service of the African American community, and by consequence and extention, in the interest of a new and better society and world.
A degree in Black Studies therefore equips students not only with the skills to contribute to augmenting humanity’s understanding of itself, using the African experience as a pragmatic example of human struggle and achievement, but the agency to critique, resist and reverse one of the greatest problems of our time, the progressive application of Eurocentric thought and practice in the development of human consciousness.
The Black Studies major with an African-American studies emphasis may be earned by completing the following requirements:
Plus 18 addditional hours selected from upper division departmental courses (3000 and 4000 level)
The Black Studies major may earn an emphasis in African Studies by completing the following requirements:
The remaining 18 hours shall be selected from upper division departmental courses (3000 and 4000 level).
Minor in Black Studies
A Black Studies minor may be obtained by successful completion of fifteen credits of course work, of which at least 9 hours must be composed of upper division (3000 and 4000 level) departmental courses.
Upper Division Course Contingency