Black Studies Major

Major in Interdisciplinary Studies with an Emphasis in Black Studies

Requirements

If you have questions regarding the Black Studies Major or are interested in signing up for a major, please contact Kibby Smith, Academic Advisor, smithkib@missouri.edu or 573-882-6060.  

Courses cross-listed with Black Studies receive Black Studies credit.

A Black Studies Emphasis will consist of 33 credit hours to be fulfilled as follows:

1. Basic Requirements (21 hours). 21 of 24 units must be completed from course as indicated in sub-sections A, and B below:

A) Students must complete all courses in this section to fulfill major basic requirements:

  • BLSTU 2000 Introduction to Black Studies
  • BLSTU 2975 Theoretical Traditions in the Black Experience
  • BLSTU 3977 Black Studies Methodologies
  • BLSTU 4977 Black Studies Capstone or other approved 4000-level course

B) Students must complete 9 of the following 12 units in this section to fulfill major basic requirements:

  • BLSTU 1332 Social Perspectives on Gender, Race, and Class [WGST 1332]
  • BLSTU 1410 African American History [HIST 1410]
  • BLSTU 1720 African American Theatre [THEATR 1720]
  • BLSTU 3400 or 3410 Survey of African American Literature [ENG 3400/3410]

2. Additional Black Studies Emphasis Requirements. In addition to the basic core requirements (above), students must complete twelve (12) hours from the list of approved Black Studies and Cross-listed courses in Section #4 below to complete the major. Students must take three (3) hours in each of the three content areas of the Black Studies minor - Social Sciences, Behavorial Sciences,  Humanities. Three (3) of the hours must be taken in a course that focuses on gender in Black Studies.

Black Studies Emphasis Policies

Students must:

  • Earn a grade of “C-” or better in all courses; Pass/Fail grades will not be accepted
  • Complete at least twenty-one (21) hours of twenty-four (24) hours from the basic requirements as indicated in section #1 (sub-sections A and B) above.
  • Complete twelve (12) of the twenty-one (21) major basic coursework requirement hours at MU.
  • Complete Traditions and Methodology courses (in sequence) prior to Capstone Course.
  • Traditions and Methodology courses must be completed prior to the Capstone Course.
  • Select from an approved Black Studies track (Social Sciences, Humanities, or Behavorial Science) for the Capstone Requirement.

Approved Black Studies and Cross-Listed Courses (arranged by track) ++

Behavioral Science

  • BL_STU 2003 Topics in Black Studies--course titles vary by semester
  • BL_STU 2200 Social Inequalities
  • BL_STU 2303 Studies in Black Relationships
  • BL_STU 3003 Topics in Black Studies--course titles vary by semester
  • BL_STU 3100 African American Psychology
  • BL_STU 3303 Black Athletes
  • BL_STU 3703 Themes in Black Society
  • BL_STU 4003 Topics in Black Studies--course titles vary by semester
  • BL_STU 4230 Women, Development, and Globalization
  • BL_STU 4235 Social Perspectives on Gender and Emotion
  • BL_STU 4300 The Black Family: Past, Present & Future
  • BL_STU 4303 Race, Class, Gender and U.S. Social Policy         

Social Sciences

  • BL_STU 1410 African American History
  • BL_STU 1500 The Black Woman in America                           
  • BL_STU 1790 History of Early Africa                           
  • BL_STU 1800 The Making Modern Africa
  • BL_STU 1810 History of South Africa 
  • BL_STU 2000 Black Studies
  • BL_STU 2200 Social Inequalities                 
  • BL_STU 2210 The Black Americans
  • BL_STU 2410 African American Women in History
  • BL_STU 2450 Themes in the Geography of Africa South of the Sahara
  • BL_STU 2610 Islam and Black America
  • BL_STU 2904 Black Studies in Slavery and Freedom
  • BL_STU 3004 Undergraduate Topics--course titles vary by semester
  • BL_STU 3200 Black Freedom Movement, 1955-1973          
  • BL_STU 3230 Studies in Black Sexual Politics
  • BL_STU 3590 Religious Biography: Black Religion
  • BL_STU 3624 Comparative Approaches to Black Studies in History
  • BL_STU 3670 History of Black Nationalism in the United States
  • BL_STU 3800 Women in African History
  • BL_STU 3850 Gender, Hip Hop, and the Politics of Representation
  • BL_STU 4004 Topics in Black Studies--course titles vary by semester                                         
  • BL_STU 4020 Studies in Black Feminist Thought
  • BL_STU 4040 Houses Divided: Society & Politics in the Civil War Era            
  • BL_STU 4130 African American Politics
  • BL_STU 4270 African-Americans in the Twentieth Century              
  • BL_STU 4300 The Black Family: Past, Present & Future
  • BL_STU 4335 The Wire: Race, Urban Inequality, and the “Crisis” of the American City
  • BL_STU 4415 African Americans and American Justice
  • BL_STU 4460 Economic Characteristics of the African American Experience
  • BL_STU 4640 African Politics
  • BL_STU 4720 Third World Politics
  • BL_STU 4804 Historical Studies of Black Women
  • BL_STU 4877 Black Studies Abroad
  • BL_STU 4904 Historical and Contemporary Slavery

Humanities

  • BL_STU 1250 World Theatre Workshop
  • BL_STU 1335 Intro to Soul & Country
  • BL_STU 1705 Intro to Black Studies in Culture
  • BL_STU 1720 African-American Theatre History   
  • BL_STU 2005 Topics in Black Studies--course titles vary by semester        
  • BL_STU 2150 African-American Cinema
  • BL_STU 2310 Literature of the African Diaspora
  • BL_STU 2400 Introduction to African Diaspora Literature
  • BL_STU 2407 Introduction to African Diaspora Literature, 1603-17
  • BL_STU 2408 Introduction to African Diaspora Literature, 1789-1890
  • BL_STU 2409 Introduction to African Diaspora Literature, 1890-Present
  • BL_STU 2570 Black Religion
  • BL_STU 2601 Languages of Africa
  • BL_STU 2715 Studies in Black Culture
  • BL_STU 2720 African-American Visual Culture
  • BL_STU 2940 African Religions
  • BL_STU 2975 Theoretical Traditions in Black Studies
  • BL_STU 3005 Topics in Black Studies--course titles vary by semester
  • BL_STU 3400 Survey of African American Literature, Beginnings
  • BL_STU 3410 Survey of African American Literature, 1900-Present
  • BL_STU 3420 Periods and Genres in African Diaspora Literature
  • BL_STU 3427 Periods and Genres in African Diaspora Literature, 1603-1789
  • BL_STU 3428 Periods and Genres in African Diaspora Literature, 1789-1890
  • BL_STU 3429 Periods and Genres in African Diaspora Literature, 1890-Present
  • BL_STU 3625 Comparative Approaches to Black Studies in Culture
  • BL_STU 3705 Themes in Black Culture
  • BL_STU 4005 Topics in Black Studies--course titles vary by semester
  • BL_STU 4181 Themes in Literature by Women
  • BL_STU 4210 African-American Religion
  • BL_STU 4220 Religion in Afro-American Literature
  • BL_STU 4352 Historical Studies in African Music
  • BL_STU 4400 Studies in African Diaspora Literature
  • BL_STU 4407 Studies in African Diaspora Literature, 1603-1789
  • BL_STU 4408 Studies in African Diaspora Literature, 1789-1890
  • BL_STU 4409 Studies in African Diaspora Literature, 1890-Present
  • BL_STU 4410 Major Africana Diaspora Writers
  • BL_STU 4417 Major Africana Diaspora Writers, 1603-1789
  • BL_STU 4418 Major Africana Diaspora Writers, 1789-1890
  • BL_STU 4419 Major Africana Diaspora Writers, 1890-Present
  • BL_STU 4420 Africana Womanism
  • BL_STU 4480 Major African Diaspora Women Writers
  • BL_STU 4487 Major African Diaspora Women Writers, 1603-1789
  • BL_STU 4488 Major African Diaspora Women Writers, 1789-1890
  • BL_STU 4489 Major African Diaspora Women Writers, 1890-Present
  • BL_STU 4530 Caribbean Women Writers
  • BL_STU 4710 Themes in African Diaspora Folklore

++ Please check with Black Studies Advisor for additional courses not listed above.