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Black Studies - Undergraduate Minor

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The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies offers for 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. The minor reflects the dual focus of the Center for Black Studies. 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.

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.


  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
  • 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.

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

    Sherita L. Johnson, Director of The Center of Black Studies and
    Associate Professor, Department of English
    118 College Drive #5037
    Hattiesburg, MS  39406-0001

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

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