Black Studies' Mission Statement
The Black Studies Program (BLST) is concerned with the African, African-American, and the global African diaspora communities, with a special focus on transnational perspectives in relation to the U.S. and the Black world. The Program expects to review a Bachelor Degree to majors who have attained a working knowledge of the main theories, events, and/or issues associated with:
- The history, sociocultural dynamics, and problems and possibilities in the Black world
- Theories of oppression based on race, color, socioeconomic class, gender, and sexuality along with their interrelationships, as well as practical ways to struggle against types of oppression.
- the history and future of science and technology originating inside and outside of the Black world.
- The political economics of Black world societies in the global context
- The history of Black achievement
- The history and creative output of black peoples in the literary, visual, musical, and performing arts
With these outcomes, the program's mission is twofold:
- To provide an intellectual setting in which students from the Black Studies Program world can grow and develop into productive lifelong learners, citizens, and activists seeking to improve their communities, their nations, and the world
- To provide an intellectual setting in which students from all communities can gain knowledge of the Black world, assisting in their development into productive, lifelong learners, citizens, and activists seeking to improve their communities, their nations, and the world.
*As of spring 2020