Center for Black Studies


The Center for Black Studies offers a minor based on multidisciplinary inquiry into a wide range of topics related to contemporary and historical experiences of peoples in Africa and the Black Diaspora. The mission of the Center is two-fold: to promote research and provide educational opportunities related to the history and culture of African Americans and the Black Diaspora and to facilitate connections between the University and the various social, political, and economic entities that address Black experiences. The minor offered through the Center reflects this dual focus. Students are expected to take courses related to Black Studies and also to complete a three-hour project that involves application of course material through an internship or service-learning project. The aim of the minor is to engage students in the Center and increase their knowledge, involvement, and critical awareness of race in the human experience.

Course Information:

The minor in Black Studies requires eighteen (18) hours. Approved courses are classified into three broad areas (see below). Students will be required to complete two courses from Area 1, three courses from Area 2, and one course from Area 3. The courses in area 2 should be selected based on their relevance to the student’s major and/or career goals. Students must include courses from at least three separate disciplines in their minor. Up to six hours of credit may be double-counted as coursework for the student's major.


Minor Courses Offered Spring 2012

ENG 312Postcolonial Literature
ENG 313Survey of Multiethnic Literature
ENG 372African-American Literature
HIS 445

Racial Thought in the Western World

HIS 468The Old South
HIS 482Topics in History--"Black Germany"
HIS 478Topics in African-American History---"The Civil Rights Movement"
HIS 498Topics in Jamaican History 
SOC 350Race and Ethnicity

List of All Minor Courses

1. Historical Foundations – 6 Hours

HIS 307  

Survey of African History, 1500-present

HIS 373African American History Survey, 1619-1890
HIS 374African American History Survey, 1890-present

2. Black Studies Across the Disciplines – 9 Hours

ANT 313

Peoples and Cultures of Africa

ANT 334

Archaeology of the Old South

ANT 494

Topics in Caribbean Studies

CIE 410

Foundations in Multicultural Education

CIS 410

Multicultural Education

ENG 312

Postcolonial Literature

ENG 313

Survey of Multiethnic Literature

ENG 372

African-American Literature

ENG 410

Studies in Ethnic Literature

ENG 411

Studies in Postcolonial Literature

ENG 412Studies in African Literature
ENG 473Studies in African American Literature
ENG 496Caribbean Studies
GHY 402Geography of Middle America and the Caribbean
GHY 406Geography of Africa
GHY 489Caribbean Studies
HIS 411The Caribbean and Central America 
HIS 445 Racial Thought in the Western World
HIS 467The Colonial South
HIS 468The Old South
HIS 478Topics in African American History
HIS 498Topics in Jamaican History 
MCJ 489Caribbean Mass Media Systems
PS 303American Political Movements
PS 402Urban Politics
PS 459Human Rights
PSY 413Multicultural Counseling
SW 315Human Diversity in a Changing World
SOC 350Race and Ethnicity 
SOC 355Collective Behavior and Social Movements
Other courses may be substituted at the discretion of the Director or Associate Director of the Center for Black Studies.

3. Application of Knowledge – 3 Hours

All students minoring in Black Studies will be required to fulfill a three-hour requirement that incorporates application of material learned in classes. This requirement will typically be fulfilled by registering for an independent study or practicum course under the supervision of the Director or Associate Director of the Center for Black Studies. The content of the class will involve active learning in one of two ways: an internship with a local agency, institution, or business related to the broad field of Black Studies OR an academic service-learning project in which the student utilizes his or her expertise to provide a service to the local community and create an academic product that reflects his or her effort.

Students must complete a minimum of three courses in Black Studies before fulfilling the Area 3 requirement. When eligible, students will register for one of the courses below following consultation with the Director or Associate Director of the Center for Black Studies:

HIS 492

Special Problems

SOC 433

Field Work Practicum

SOC 492

Special Problems

If a student is enrolled in another course that requires a substantial and relevant internship, academic service-learning project, or research endeavor, he or she may petition the Director of the Center for Black Studies to count that course for the Area 3 requirement.

For more information on the Black Studies Minor or advisement, please contact:

Sherita L. Johnson, Interim Director
Associate Professor, Department of English
118 College Drive #5037
Hattiesburg, MS  39406-0001

Cheryl Jenkins, Associate Director
Assistant Professor, School of Mass Communication and Journalism
118 College Drive #5121
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001