Black studies

Undergraduate minor

About the minor

Black studies is a liberation project for Black people in the United States and across the Diaspora. As an academic discipline, we will strengthen opportunities at our university for faculty, students, and staff committed to bringing to light the hidden histories, submerged thought, and radical visions of a future without racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, poverty and food insecurity, militarism, and settler colonialism.

We do so by centering Black thought, by honoring centuries of Black people’s interrogations of Western thought and history, and by committing this program to the Struggle for America to finally live up to its founding ideals, or, the radical dreaming of new ideals that offer us human beings a different relationship to one another and to the planet.

A little more info

  • Black studies has historically engaged both intellectually and politically with some of the biggest issues we are currently facing as a country, town, and university community.
  • Black studies focuses deeply and broadly on histories and cultural production traditionally ignored or kept to the side in the academy.
  • Black studies offers an advanced set of skills employers need more than ever right now: deep critical thinking and cultural competency.