Black World Studies Minor

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 political experiences, values and expressions of Africans and people of African descent in the U.S. and throughout the world. It focuses on changing constructions of race, class, and gender in local and global contexts. Moreover, the study of black people and black experience may better prepare all students to cope with the ever-increasing demands of a multicultural world. This program stresses critical thinking, reflection, and informed action.

A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required for all courses in the minor.

Program Requirements 

(21 semester hours)

BWS 151Introduction to Black World Studies4
or BWS 156 Introduction to Africa
Area A. African Experiences and Cultures:
Select a minimum of one of the following:3
Seminar in Art History
Religions of Africa
Biodiversity of Kenya
The Gods are Here: Spirituality and Text in African Art
Africa to 1884
The Making of Modern Africa
National Cinemas: African Film
Africa Since 1945
Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa
Images of Africa
Contemporary African Politics
Selected Topics/Black World Studies
Afro-Brazilian Diaspora Through Film and Arts
Area B. African American Experience and Cultures:
Select a minimum of one of the following:3
African-American History
African-American Experience
African Americans in Sport
African American Writing, 1746-1877
African American Writing, 1878-1945
African American Writing, 1946-Present
Civil War and Reconstruction Era
African-American Religions
Ethnic American Literatures
Understanding Jazz, Its History and Context
Introduction to African American Music
The History and Development of Hip Hop Culture in America
African-American Religions
Area C. Afro-Latin and Afro-Caribbean Experiences:
Select a minimum of one of the following:3
Brazilian Culture Through Popular Music
Brazilian Women through Literature and Film
Latino/a Literature and the Americas
Global Periphery's Urbanization
Area D. Perspectives on Gender, Race, Class, and Ethnicity:
Select a minimum of one of the following:3
Race and Ethnicity in Antiquity
History of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1400s to 1800s
African-American Experience
Race and Ethnic Relations
Family Poverty
Feminism and the Diaspora: U.S. Women of Color
Selected Topics/Black World Studies
Race in U.S. Society
Black Feminist Studies
Social/Political Activism
Psychology of Prejudice and Minority Experience
Social Stratification
Current Issues in Sociology
Select additional courses to reach 21 hours 15
Total Credit Hours21