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Black Studies

The contributions of Black peoples are crucial to the story of the United States and to world history. The Black Studies minor offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the society, culture, and history of Africans and people of African descent.

‌You’ll draw on the expertise of scholars in the fields of sociology, literature, the visual and performing arts, history, political science, education, economics and anthropology to learn about the African and African-American experience.

With the Black Studies minor, you will:

  • explore the arts, humanities, and social sciences from Afro-centric perspectives
  • engage in the social and intellectual traditions of Africa and the African Diaspora
  • pursue original research, civic engagement projects, and creative activities that contribute to the understanding of issues facing people of African descent

Olivia Ekeh
Olivia Ekeh '14

Olivia Ekeh '14 of Worcester, MA, majored in history and minored in black studies. She served as President of the Black Student Union and was active in the organization since freshman year. Olivia headed to UMass Amherst to pursue a PhD in African American Studies

Career Placements

The BLS minor prepares you for graduate studies within the field, as well as for a wide range of careers in:

  • teaching
  • advocacy
  • diplomatic service
  • nongovernmental agencies
  • law

Choose from a broad range of courses in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Courses such as BLS 101: Intro to Black Studies and BLS 480: Capstone Seminar in Black Studies are unique to the minor. Each student is required to complete 18 credits, including 4 elective courses.

The Frederick Douglass Unity House fosters an awareness of the identities, heritage and cultures rooted in the African Diaspora and supports the academic, cultural and social needs of students of African descent. Participation in Unity House activities encourages you to:

  • learn more about other cultures
  • develop a sense of self-awareness and cultural identity
  • explore leadership opportunities
  • Honors College: take advanced courses, pursue research, and be part of a community of scholars
  • Study Abroad: earn academic credits and gain a global perspective on your field
  • Undergraduate Research: faculty work with students on cutting-edge research projects
  • University Studies: gain the benefit of a broad university education to enhance your knowledge and skills

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