Black World Studies- Bachelor of Arts

For information, contact the program advisor in the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies, 120 MacMillan Hall, 513-529-5333.

Black World Studies (BWS) is an interdisciplinary program that offers a unique opportunity for all undergraduate students to gain a better understanding of the historical, social, religious, cultural and political experiences, values and expressions of Africans and people of African descent in the U.S. and throughout the world. It focuses on the changing constructions of race, class, and gender in local and global contexts. Moreover, the study of African diasporic communities will better prepare all students to cope with the ever-increasing demands of a multicultural world. This program stresses critical thinking, reflection, social justice and informed action.

Program Requirements

(34 semester hours)

Core Course: select one
BWS 151Introduction to Black World Studies4
or BWS 156 Introduction to Africa
Area Requirements:
Select a minimum of one course from each of the following areas (A-D); see below for full course lists12
A: African Experiences and Cultures
B: African American Experiences and Cultures
C: Afro-Latin and Afro-Caribbean Experiences
D: Perspectives on Gender, Race, Class, and Ethnicity
College of Arts and Science writing requirement
Select the following:
AAA/AMS/BWS/LAS/WGS 211Writing with Purpose: Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Communication3
Select one of the following:3
Feminism and the Diaspora: U.S. Women of Color
Social/Political Activism
Select additional courses from Areas A-D to equal 34 total hours for the major. 112
Total Credit Hours34

Area A. African Experiences and Cultures

ART 480Seminar in Art History3
ATH 329Religions of Africa3
BIO 496Biodiversity of Kenya6
BWS/HST 224Africa to 18843
BWS/HST 225The Making of Modern Africa3
BWS 267National Cinemas: African Film3
BWS 339Contemporary African Politics3
BWS 342Africa Since 19453
BWS/GEO 301Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa4
BWS 324/HST 325Images of Africa3
BWS 339/POL 338Contemporary African Politics3
BWS/ATH 3663
BWS 370Selected Topics/Black World Studies3
BWS/ENG/FST/POR 381Afro-Brazilian Diaspora Through Film and Arts3
BWS/HST 4953

Area B. African American Experiences and Cultures 

BWS/HST 221African-American History3
BWS 248African-American Experience3
BWS/KNH 279African Americans in Sport3
BWS/ENG 336African American Writing, 1746-18773
BWS/ENG 337African American Writing, 1878-19453
BWS/ENG 338African American Writing, 1946-Present3
BWS/HST 365Civil War and Reconstruction Era3
BWS/REL 343African-American Religions3
ENG 348Ethnic American Literatures3
AMS/MUS 135Understanding Jazz, Its History and Context3
AMS/MUS 285Introduction to African American Music3
MUS 385The Roots of Black Music: Blues, Gospel and Soul3
AMS/MUS 386The History and Development of Hip Hop Culture in America3
REL 343African-American Religions3

Area C. Afro-Latin and Afro-Caribbean Experiences

BWS/FST/LAS/MUS/POR 204Brazilian Culture Through Popular Music3
BWS/POR 383Brazilian Women through Literature and Film3
ENG/LAS 254Latino/a Literature and the Americas3
GEO 475Global Periphery's Urbanization3

 Area D. Perspectives on Gender, Race, Class, and Ethnicity

BWS/CLS 222Race and Ethnicity in Antiquity3
BWS/HST 243History of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1400s to 1800s3
BWS 248African-American Experience3
BWS/FSW 362Family Poverty3
BWS 383Brazilian Women through Literature and Film3
BWS 370I/AMS 310ISelected Topics/Black World Studies3
BWS/HST 386Race in U.S. Society3
BWS/ENG/WGS 437Black Feminist Studies3
GEO 455Race, Urban Change, and Conflict in America3
PSY 325Psychology of Prejudice and Minority Experience3
SOC 372Social Stratification3