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Black Studies Major and Minor

The Black Studies program at Cabrini evolved out of the mission to “welcome learners of all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds,” and it is a response to student requests for coursework on the African Diaspora.

Both the major and minor expand the College’s capacity to offer a more inclusive curriculum that connects with the intellectual and cultural heritage of people of African descent.

In this program, the study of the traditions and experiences of Africans in the New and Old Worlds is rooted in the social sciences, art, literature, and the humanities.

The major and minor  emphasize international and cross-cultural perspectives and explore themes of:

  • Africana Womanism
  • Afrocentrism
  • Diasporic Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Geographic Populations
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Movement and Performance Arts
  • Pan-Africanism
  • Social Construction

Requirements for the minor in Black Studies
(all courses 3 credits unless noted)

  • HIS 124 - Introduction to Black Studies
  • HIS 427 - The Struggle for Black Equality 
  • Electives (12 credits from at least two different prefixes):
    • AST 335 - Spike Lee’s America
    • AST 396 - Black Folklore and Folklife
    • ENG 254 - African American Literature
    • ENG 219 - Contemporary African American Literature 
    • ENG 336 - African American Women Writers
    • ENG 339 - Toni Morrison
    • ENG 358 - Harlem Renaissance
    • FNA/MUS 208 - Jazz and Its Heritage
    • HIS 211 - African American History from 1619 to 1877
    • HIS 212 - African American History from 1877 to Present
    • HIS 251 - Survey Latin American History from 1800 to the Present 
    • HIS 424 - Comparative Slavery

Total credits for minor: 18 

Note: Students may petition the chair of History and Political Science to substitute up to 6 credits of relevant coursework from outside of the list of approved courses for the minor.

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