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A Black Studies major or minor examines black America’s historical—as well as present—social, economic, and political realities.

You’ll learn how to think critically about issues, identify problems, and think creatively about solving them, as well as how to communicate effectively and how to interact with other people in cross-cultural and culturally sensitive ways.

Contact Information

Darryl Mace, PhD
Chair and Professor, History and Political Science

At a glance:

Total Credits for Major


Total Credits for Minor


Projected job growth to 2024*


Black Studies Program Details

As an interdisciplinary field, Black Studies draws on history, political science, sociology, psychology, literature, philosophy, and critical race theory to examine black America’s historical—as well as present—social, economic, and political realities.

An essential element to Black Studies is students’ application of their knowledge and skills to address the issues faced by people of African descent, making it a problem-driven and solution-oriented discipline.

The Black Studies program evolved out of Cabrini University’s mission to be welcoming to “learners of all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds.” The program is also a response to student requests for coursework on the African Diaspora.

At Cabrini, the interdisciplinary nature of the Black Studies program facilitates an additional major or minor in other programs, such as Communications, Education, English, History, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Social Work.

Employment Outlook

A problem-driven and solution-oriented discipline, Black Studies yields knowledge, skills, and abilities that are transferable to all careers and desired by employers.

Employment opportunities for Black Studies program participants are available in many fields, including management and industry, communication and media, education, nonprofit/advocacy, and government/politics.

Potential careers include:

  • Cultural resources office/diversity office professional
  • Media relations specialist
  • Student affairs liaison
  • Peace Corps affiliate
  • Political analyst
  • Civil service professional

Program Highlights

  • Major or minor option
  • Wide range of professional options
  • Works well with additional major or minor

Skills Learned

  • Apply theories (including critical race theory) to analysis and synthesis of data
  • Apply analytical skills and content knowledge to social justice causes
  • Display a working knowledge of various research methodologies
  • Develop career skills, specifically how to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Demonstrate an enhanced cultural awareness and cultural sensitivity

*Employment projections taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics report for employment category: Life, physical, and social science occupations.

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