Black Studies (BA)

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HEGIS Number: 2211

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Course Descriptions
Course descriptions can be found in the online PDF version of the Bulletin

The BA Black Studies Program's Mission

The mission of the Black Studies Program is to provide an interdisciplinary intellectual arena in which students learn to critically examine, analyze, and interpret the African, African American, and Caribbean experiences. The Program offers a broad selection of courses addressing historical, cultural, sociological, political, economic, and psychological factors that affect the lives of African, African American, and Afro-Caribbean peoples. The curriculum stresses the skills necessary to think critically, write clearly, argue persuasively, and problem-solve effectively. Students are exposed to theory and research in a variety of subject matter and are encouraged to engage in active service and research beyond the classroom. The Annual Student Research Day, a recently created initiative, is a college-wide conference that gives outstanding undergraduate students the opportunity to present their own research to a forum of peers, family, faculty, and friends. Faculty in the Black Studies Program expect that our students will participate regularly in this event. In addition, faculty and students will be heavily involved in promoting participation in the CUNY Pipeline Program, encouraging students of color to attend graduate school.

Student learning objectives: Upon completing a Black Studies degree, graduates should:

  1. Demonstrate an interdisciplinary understanding of the diversity of experiences within the African Diaspora
  2. Understand the importance and distinction of various approaches to knowledge about Black peoples
  3. Possess and apply skills necessary to think critically, write clearly, argue persuasively, and problem-solve effectively
  4. Sharpen critical citizenship skills: effective agency, participation, and leadership in the intellectual and research domains of professional and community life
  5. Be ready for leadership in the community and post-graduate study



Required Introductory Course.

Choose one from the following  
BLST101 Introduction to Black Studies 
BLST102 The Unforgiving Mirror: Race and Racism in Contemporary Society 
BLST103 Black Women in the Atlantic World 
BLST104 Introduction to Africa 

Required Courses

HIST276 History of Africa from 1800 to Present 
BLST202 Black Experience in the Caribbean 
HIST272 African American History 
Choose One:  
BLST401 Seminar 
BLST490 Directed Research 

Black Studies Electives:

Choose 15 Credits from the following courses. At least 6 credits MUST be at the 300 level or higher.  
ANTH241 Ethnology of Africa 
BLST213 African American Religions and Religious Practice 
BLST220 Western African Literature in English 
BLST222 Caribbean Literature in Translation 
BLST237 The Contemporary Legacy of Slavery in the U.S. 
BLST241 The Urbanization of Contemporary Africa 
BLST242 The Urbanization of Contemporary African America 
BLST261 Folklore: The African in American 
BLST262 Black American Culture 
BLST285 Environmental Justice in North America 
BLST286 Africa and the Columbian Exchange 
BLST323 Mass Media, the Internet, and Black Communities 
BLST325 Historiography in Black Studes 
BLST331 The Civil Rights Movement in America 
BLST342 Third-World Consciousness in Africa 
BLST343 The Contemporary Black Experience in South Africa 
BLST345 Black Revolutionary Thought 
BLST348* Heritage, Culture and Memory 
BLST349* Race, Housing and Community 
BLST353 Boys to Men: From Black Macho to Black Male Feminist 
BLST354 The Role of Black in the American Economy 
BLST364(WI) Social Movement in the African Diaspora 
ENG298 Special Topics 
ENG357 The Literature of the Harlem Renaissance 
ENG392 African-American Literature 
FA296 African Art 
FA398 Afro-American Art 
HIST274 The American Ethnic Experience 
HIST275 African History until 1800 
HIST279 History of African American Music, Emphasis on Hip Hop 
HIST313 The Civil War 
HIST374 Africa and the Atlantic Slave Trade 
HIST375 Decolonization of West Africa 
HIST376 West Africa Since Independence 
MUS250 Afro-American Music in the United States 
MUS253 History of Jazz 
SOC366 Sociology of Modernization and Development 
WLIT210 North African Literature 

* Course is cross listed with an Anthropology course of the same number

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