Historical experiences of peoples in Africa and the Black Diaspora
ISPD offers undergraduates a minor in Black Studies based on inquiries into a wide
range of topics related to contemporary and historical experiences of peoples in Africa
and the Black Diaspora.
What Will I learn?
The minor reflects the dual focus of the Center for Black Studies, which aims to engage
students in the Center and increase their knowledge, involvement, and critical awareness
of race in the human experience.
Through a variety of courses, students will learn about:
The culture and the educational, social, political, and economic development of African
Americans and the black diaspora using a multi-disciplinary approach;
The relationship between African Americans and other ethnic groups;
African-American and Caribbean literature, modernism, and racial thought in the Western
Students will engage with the various entities that address Black experiences, through
the Center for Black Studies.
Dr. Cheryl Jenkinsis co-author and co-editor of the book Race and Media: Critical Perspectives, which focuses on journalistic representations of race and on the coverage of diverse
communities (or lack thereof) in mainstream media.It aims to examine these journalistic representations of race, and in doing so to
question whether or not we are living in a post-racial world.
A minor in Black Studies can be paired with any major, and in many cases, students
can get a Black Studies minor without taking any more credit hours than they would
need to take for their major alone. The Black Studies minor is for all students, as
it helps you broaden your perception of cultural diversity and gain a deeper understanding
of how race relates to class, gender and sexuality, nationality, ethnicity and other
social structures through out the world.
Some majors that work well with this minor are:
Social sciences: Global studies, Political Science and Economics
Southern Miss was desegregated in 1965 when Raylawni Branch and Gwendolyn Elaine Armstrong
became the first African-American students enrolled at the University. Fifty years
of progress is evident in the wide-ranging programming, research, teaching, and service
activities organized and supported by the Center for Black Studies.
The Black Studies Student Alliance supports the academic pursuits of students interested
in Black Studies as a minor, provides opportunities for student involvement in local
communities, and represents the needs of the Center for Black Studies.
The minor in Black Studies requires eighteen (18) hours. Approved courses are classified
into three broad areas. Students will be required to complete two courses from Area
1, three courses from Area 2, and one course from Area 3.
AREA 1: Historical Foundations (6 Hours)
HIS 307 - Survey of African History, 1500-present
HIS 373 - African American History Survey, 1619-1890
HIS 374 - African American History Survey, 1890-present
AREA 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 412 - Studies in African Literature
ENG 473 - Studies in African American Literature
ENG 496 - Caribbean Literature
GHY 402 - Geography of Middle America and the Caribbean
GHY 406 - Geography of Africa
HIS 411 - The Caribbean and Central America
HIS 445 - Racial Thought in the Western World
HIS 467 - The Colonial South
HIS 468 - The Old South
HIS 478 - Topics in African American History
HIS 498 - Topics in Jamaican History
MCJ 489 - Caribbean Mass Media Systems
PS 303 - American Political Movements
PS 402 - Urban Politics
PS 459 - Human Rights
PSY 413 - Multicultural Counseling
SWK 315 - Human Diversity in a Changing World
SOC 350 - Race and Ethnicity
SOC 355 - Collective Behavior and Social Movements
*The above listing suggests a range of available courses to complete the Black Studies
minor. Other courses may be substituted at the discretion of the Director or Associate
Director of the Center for Black Studies. Students should check SOAR for an updated
list of classes being offered each term.
AREA 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, Associate Director, or affiliated faculty 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 towards the Black Studies minor
before fulfilling the Area 3 requirement. When eligible, students will register for
an independent study or practicum course following consultation with the Director
or Associate Director of the Center for Black Studies.
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.