Black Studies (BA)

Arts and Sciences
History, Philosophy, and Anthropology
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

Black Studies BA


Required Introductory Course

Choose one course from the following: 
BLST101Introduction to Black Studies 
BLST102The Unforgiving Mirror: Race and Racism in Contemporary Society 
BLST103Black Women in the Atlantic World 
BLST104Introduction to Africa 

Required Courses

HIST276History of Africa from 1800 to Present 
BLST202Black Experience in the Caribbean 
HIST272African-American History 
Choose one course from the following: 
BLST490Directed Research 

Black Studies Electives


Choose 15 Credits from the following courses:

At least 6 credits MUST be at the 300-level or higher. 
ANTH241Ethnology of Africa 
BLST213African American Religions and Religious Practice 
BLST220Western African Literature in English 
BLST222Caribbean Literature in Translation 
BLST237The Contemporary Legacy of Slavery in the U.S. 
BLST241The Urbanization of Contemporary Africa 
BLST242The Urbanization of Contemporary African America 
BLST261Folklore: The African in American 
BLST262Black American Culture 
BLST285Environmental Justice in North America 
BLST286Africa and the Columbian Exchange 
BLST323Mass Media, the Internet, and Black Communities 
BLST325Historiography in Black Studies 
BLST331The Civil Rights Movement in America 
BLST342Third-World Consciousness in Africa 
BLST343The Contemporary Black Experience in South Africa 
BLST345Black Revolutionary Thought 
BLST348Heritage, Culture and Memory* 
BLST349Race, Housing and Community* 
BLST353Boys to Men: From Black Macho to Black Male Feminist 
BLST354The Role of Black in the American Economy 
BLST364Social Movement in the African Diaspora (WI) 
ENG298Special Topics 
ENG357The Literature of the Harlem Renaissance 
ENG392African-American Literature 
FA296African Art 
FA398Afro-American Art 
HIST274The American Ethnic Experience 
HIST275African History until 1800 
HIST279History of Hip-Hop 
HIST313The Civil War 
HIST374Africa and the Atlantic Slave Trade 
HIST375Decolonization of West Africa 
HIST376West Africa Since Independence 
MUS250African-American Music (WI) 
MUS253History of Jazz (WI) 
SOC366Sociology of Modernization and Development 
WLIT210North African Literature in Translation 

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