Black Studies Major
Undergraduate Programs in Black Studies
Academic Programs in Black Studies
|BA in Black Studies||Coursework||Dr. Cynthia Robinson|
|Minor in Black Studies||Coursework||Dr. Cynthia Robinson|
Why study Black Studies?
While there are dozens of reasons why to major or minor in Black Studies, we want to emphasize the following four:
- We are interdisciplinary. If you like to read novels, and to know something about history, and to understand politics, and to watch films, then you'd like the disciplinary diversity of AFAM. In the core of the major/minor, we require all students to take one literature, one history, and one social science class, and then, if you like, you can specialize after that.
- We are global and comparative. We study Black folks wherever they are, and that's a lot of places. And we study how the Black experience compares to that of other groups, as well as what we can learn about all groups by studying the creation of Blackness as a category.
- We lead to many career paths. Many students ask: What would I do with an Black Studies major/minor? The answer: You can do all the same things that you would do with a Psychology major or a Philosophy major or a History major or any Liberal Arts major. That is the value of Liberal Arts degree. While in Black Studies, you might be focusing on the Black experience and related topics, but you are also learning how to think, write, and speak critically. Those are the tools that get you exciting jobs.
- We are small (but growing). Being small allows us to do at least one event a quarter in which undergraduates, faculty members and graduate students can interact. In advising sessions we try to get to know our majors and minors, focusing on what they are interested in doing while at UNO and beyond. Because we are small, our majors and minors get to know each other well over the course of their studies, which allows for even more open dialogue and debate inside and outside of the classroom.
What can I do with a major in Black Studies?
A degree in Black Studies prepares you to enter any career field, whether it is business, law, education, the arts, or medicine. Many employers value the societal insights that come with a Black Studies degree, and appreciate the commitment to supporting diversity that our major shows.
In short, the answer to those asking what can a person do with an Black Studies major is simple: anything!