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Various prominent African-American icons represent the African-American Studies minor at Curry CollegeThe Black Studies minor is an independent, interdisciplinary academic program. The minor allows students to gain a greater understanding of the experiences of African-American peoples in the United States. Through an interdisciplinary approach, students will gain a broader sense of what it means to be an "American" and to live in an ethnically diverse country. Students may obtain a minor in Black Studies in conjunction with a major in any area of study.

Course Requirements and Information

Requirements for the Black Studies Minor:

BLKS/P&H 2450 Introduction to African-American Cultures 3
BLKS 3900 The Black Diaspora: Special Topics 3

Choose three of the following electives: 9 credits

BLKS/P&H 2000 Contemporary Black Worlds
BLKS/ENG 2150 African-American Literature
BLKS/P&H 2330 African-American History
BLKS/P&H 2492 African-American Cinema
BLKS/WRIT 2250 Black Voices Matter: Black Lives, Rhetorics,and Literacies
BLKS/SOC 3600 Chocolate Cities
BLKS 3450/4100 Internship or Independent Reading
Total Credits:15

Programmatic Outcomes of the Black Studies Minor:

  1. Examine the multiple constructions of culture and identity in black communities;
  2. Identify the social construction of race and the historical/ political/ sociological/ economic/ cultural causes of inequality and
    oppression;
  3. Articulate ways black inequality intersects with other forms of oppression/s such as gender, sexuality, and class;
  4. Critically examine the different ways Black peoples have been (mis)represented in specific cultural forms;
  5. Examine - through practice and theory - the artistic contributions of the African Diaspora to the world with particular attention to
    origins, historical development, appropriation, and contemporary applications;
  6. Describe the role of black activists and/or black social movements in effecting social change around the world.
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