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Black Studies (BA) Program Assessment


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.


  • Address the ways in which race, gender, and class intersect within Black communities
  • To demonstrate an interdisciplinary understanding of the diversity and complexity of experiences within the African continent and throughout the African Diaspora
  • To facilitate the ability to think critically, write clearly, argue persuasively, and problem-solve effectively
  • To understand the importance and distinctions of various approaches to knowledge about Africans and their descendants

The Black Studies (BA) Program is part of the school of Arts and Sciences, History, Philosophy, and Anthropology Department