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Black Studies' Mission

Black Studies Program

Black Studies' Mission

Mission and Vision

The curriculum of the Black Studies Program focuses on the U.S. as it relates specifically

to the Africa and African diaspora societies.  With this focus, students study the historical,

sociological, and cultural aspects of these various worlds and their relationship with one

another and controlling forces among them.  Highlighted are Black achievements and the

creative contributions in all fields throughout the world.  With this background, both

Black students and students from other cultures and races can gain a new-found appreciation

for this heritage as well as a better understanding of the framework in which ongoing struggles

are still taking place.

The Black Studies Program (BLST) is concerned with Africa and the African diaspora

communities, with a special focus on the U.S. as it is related to the Black world. The learning

outcomes based on the program’s curriculum for majors are knowledge of the main

theories, events, and/or issues associated with the following:

  • The history, sociocultural dynamics, 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 these types of oppression.
  • The history and future of science and technology originating inside and outside of the Black world.   
  • The political economies of Black world societies in the global context.
  • The personal finance, entrepreneurship, strategies for success, and strategies for defining success
  • 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 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 a

knowledge of the Black world, assisting them in confronting diversity in their

development into productive, lifelong learners, citizens, and activists seeking to

 improve their communities, their nations, and the world


Subject Matter Areas

Black World Development

Business, Science & Technology

African American Society

Latin American & Caribbean Cultures

Special Topics & Independent Studies

Geopolitical Areas


The Americas

The Caribbean