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Program Overview

The Black Studies program at Fairfield University is designed to provide students with a comprehensive study of the origins and experiences of people of African descent, including African Americans, Afro Caribbeans, Afro Asians, Afro Latinos, and Afro Europeans. The interdisciplinary field explores Africa and the African Diaspora (the global dispersion of people of African ancestry), including the Americas, Britain, and Europe, and introduces students to the field by exploring the social, political, and economic roots of contemporary problems by examining them in the context of the wider world.

As an interdisciplinary program, Black Studies is devoted to scholarship on the histories, political and cultural movements, institution-building, and identities of people of African ancestry. It includes the exploration of the rich cultural heritage, legacy of resistance to oppressive structures, and unique perspectives on human rights supplied by peoples of African descent. The Black Studies curriculum includes courses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to provide students with an understanding of the far-reaching impacts of race and ethnicity across continents. By engaging in a comparative and theoretical examination of Africa and the African Diaspora, students will be equipped to undertake an interdisciplinary scholarly analysis of various complex global questions.

The Black Studies minor also helps prepare students for life in an increasingly multi-ethnic and global society by providing them with the opportunity to build on skills needed for professional careers in community service, education, government, law, and private industry.

Requirements

For a 15-credit minor in Black studies, students must complete the following:

  • BLST 1101: Black Lives Matter
  • Four (4) Black Studies elective courses drawn from the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The four courses must represent at least two different disciplines. At least two must be "focus" courses; the other two may be "component" courses.

Anthropology

ANTH 1115 Cultures of Africa

Black Studies

BLST 4999 Independent Study/Research in Black Studies

Communication

COMM 3245 Identities, Discourse, and Social Change
COMM 3344 Interracial Communication

English

ENGL 1140 Caribbean Literature: History, Culture, and Identity
ENGL 1330 African American Literary Tradition
ENGL 2062 The Harlem Renaissance
ENGL 2063 African American Women Writers
ENGL 2064 African American Fiction, 1940 to Present
ENGL 3036 Seminar on Toni Morrison

History

HIST 2220 Ancient African Civilizations
HIST 2262 African-American History, 1619 to 1865
HIST 2263 Inventing Themselves: African-American Women in U.S. History
HIST 2264 African-American History, 1865 to Present

Philosophy

PHIL 3360 Critical Race Theory

Politics

POLI 2252 African Politics

Religious Studies

RLST 2662 Afro-Caribbean and African American Religions: Shout, O Children!

Sociology

SOCI 2110 Race, Cities, and Poverty
SOCI 2300 Sociology of Education

Visual and Performing Arts

AHST 1165 The Black Experience: African-American Art and Criticism in the 20th and 21st Centuries
FTMA 2204 African American Cinema
MUSC 1101 The History of Jazz
MUSC 1112 The Music of Black Americans
MUSC 2201 Hip-Hop and Its Antecedents

Biology

BI 1071 Identity and the Human Genome

English

ENGL 1310 Contemporary Women Writers of Color
ENGL 3075 Caribbean Women Writers
ENGL 3076 Global Women's Fiction

History

HIST 2239 20th Century United States
HIST 2242 Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in U.S. History

Philosophy

PHIL 2260 Social and Political Philosophy

Politics

POLI 2108 Political Parties and Interest Groups
POLI 2336 Politics of Race, Class, and Gender

Religious Studies

RLST 2235 Liberation Theology

Sociology

SOCI 1135 Race, Gender, and Ethnic Relations
SOCI 1140 Urban/Suburban Sociology: NYC
SOCI 1150 Introduction to International Migration

Visual and Performing Arts

AHST 1103 Art of Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas
MUSC 1122 World Music History and Ensemble
MUSC 1132 Critical Issues in American Popular Music: Blues to Hip Hop
Visit our our academic catalog for detailed course descriptions and information.

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Life After Fairfield

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Life After Fairfield

A concentration in Black Studies provides the foundation through which you can guide your personal and professional ambitions, and assists you in understanding the compartmentalized and often disconnected areas of focus within Western education.

In a world that is increasingly more conscious about the value of multiculturalism, the Black Studies perspective makes a graduate a more attractive candidate to perspective employers. In fact, Black Studies minors can be found in a variety of professions and occupational areas, including:

  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Business Management
  • Government
  • City Planning
  • International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Social Work

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The College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University is home to a vibrant community of engaged faculty, dedicated staff, and accomplished scholars devoted to the process of invention and discovery and excited by the prospect of producing knowledge in the service of others. Meet the dedicated members of our Black Studies faculty.
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