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 declaring the major, please contact Kibby Smith, Academic Advisor, at smithkib@missouri.edu or schedule an appointment with her via MU Connect

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

The Black Studies emphasis consists of thirty (30) credit hours.  There are four (4) core courses that constitute basic requirements for the major, one of which is a three (3) hour course that focuses on gender, race, sexuality, and class.  The major requires that the student complete a minimum of eighteen (18) hours including the capstone course.  Students must complete nine (9) hours from the list of approved Black Studies and cross-listed courses to complete the major.  Nine (9) of these hours must be in each of the three areas of concentration: Black Politics, Arts, Literature, and Culture, and Diaspora Studies.

Specific requirements to be fulfilled as follows:

  1. Basic Requirements (12 credits):
    1. “Introduction to Black Studies” Course (BL_STU 1000 or 2000)
    2. Traditions and Concepts in Black Studies (BL_STU-2975):
    3. Methodologies (BL_STU - 3977)
    4. Gender, Race, Sexuality and Class (BL_STU – 1700, 2700, 3700 or other approved course in from list of courses provided)
  2. In addition to the basic core requirements (above), students must complete at least one course from each of the following areas of concentration for NINE (9) credits: Black Politics, Arts, Literature, and Culture, and Diaspora Studies.
  3. Students must take a minimum of TWO (2) courses in their area of concentration for a total of SIX (6) credits.
  4. Senior Capstone in Black Studies (3) credits. (Suggested to be taken after completing Methodologies, but there is no prerequisite). Senior Capstone requirement may also be fulfilled by internship, study abroad or other alternative culminating project approved by Director of Undergraduate Study (with chair’s signature).

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 (18) hours of twenty-four (21) hours from the basic requirements as indicated in #1-4 above
  • Complete twelve (12) of the twenty-one (21) major basic coursework requirement hours at MU.
  • Complete Traditions and Methodology courses prior to the Capstone Course.
  • Select from an approved Black Studies track (Black Politics, Arts, Literature, and Culture, and Diaspora Studies) for the Capstone Requirement.

 Black Politics

BLSTU 1704          Introduction to Black Politics

BLSTU 2704          Black Political Thought 

BLSTU 2804          African Political Thought

BLSTU 3230          Black Sexual Politics

BLSTU 3850          Gender, Hip Hop, and the Politics of Representation

BLSTU 4303          Race, Class, Gender and U.S. Social Policy

BLSTU 4415          African American Justice

BLSTU 4720          Third World Politics

Arts, Literature, and Culture

BLSTU 1250          World Theatre Workshop 

BLSTU 1335          Intro to Soul & Country 

BLSTU 1705          Intro to Black Studies in Culture

BLSTU 1720          African-American Theatre History    

BLSTU 2150          African-American Cinema

BLSTU 2310          Literature of the African Diaspora 

BLSTU 2400          Introduction to African Diaspora Literature

BLSTU 2407          Introduction to African Diaspora Literature, 1603-1789

BLSTU 2408          Introduction to African Diaspora Literature, 1789-1890

BLSTU 2409          Introduction to African Diaspora Literature, 1890-Present

BLSTU 2610          Languages of Africa

BLSTU 2715          Studies in Black Culture

BLSTU 2720          African-American Visual Culture

BLSTU 3400          Survey of African American Literature, Beginnings

BLSTU 3410          Survey of African American Literature, 1900-Present

BLSTU 3420          Periods and Genres in African Diaspora Literature

BLSTU 3427          Periods and Genres in African Diaspora Literature, 1603-1789

BLSTU 3248          Periods and Genres in African Diaspora Literature, 1789-1890

BLSTU 3424          Periods and Genres in African Diaspora Literature, 1890-Present

BLSTU 3625          Comparative Approaches to Black Studies in Culture

BLSTU 3705          Themes in Black Culture

BLSTU 4181          Themes in Literature by Women 

BLSTU 4220          Religion in Afro-American Literature

BLSTU 4352          Historical Studies in African Music

BLSTU 4407          Studies in African Diaspora Literature, 1603-1789

BLSTU 4408          Studies in African Diaspora Literature, 1789-1890

BLSTU 4409          Studies in African Diaspora Literature, 1890-Present 

BLSTU 4410          Major Africana Diaspora Writers

BLSTU 4420          Studies in African Diaspora Literature 

BLSTU 4480          Major African Diaspora Women Writers

BLSTU 4487          Major Africana Diaspora Writers, 1603-1789

BLSTU 4488          Major Africana Diaspora Writers, 1789-1890

BLSTU 4489          Major Africana Diaspora Writers, 1890-Present

BLSTU 4530          Caribbean Women Writers

BLSTU 4710          Themes in African Diaspora Folklore

Diaspora Studies

BLSTU 1410          African American History

BLSTU 1790          History of Early Africa

BLSTU 1800          Making Modern Africa

BLSTU 1810          History of South Africa

BLSTU 2210          Black Americans

BLSTU 2570          Black Religion

BLSTU 2604          Caribbean History & Culture

BLSTU 2904          Slavery in Freedom

BLSTU 2940          African American Religion

BLSTU 3200          Freedom Movements

BLSTU 3590          Religious Biography: Black Religion

BLSTU 3670          Black Nationalism

BLSTU 3800          Women in African History

BLSTU 3804          Resistance in the Black Atlantic

BLSTU 4270          African Americans in the 20th Century

BLSTU 4420          African Womanism

Gender, Race, Sexuality & Class:      

BLSTU 2200          Social Inequalities

BLSTU 2410          African American Women in History

BLSTU 3230          Black Sexual Politics

BLSTU 3800          Women in African History

BLSTU 3850          Gender, Hip Hop, and the Politics of Representation

BLSTU 4020          Studies in Black Feminist Thought

BLSTU 4181          Themes in Literature by Women

BLSTU 4230          Women, Development, and Globalization

BLSTU 4235          Social Perspectives on Gender and Emotion

BLSTU 4300          The Black Family: Past, Present & Future

BLSTU 4303          Race, Class, Gender and U.S. Social Policy

BLSTU 4420          Africana Womanism

BLSTU 4480          Major African Diaspora Women Writers

BLSTU 4487          Major African Diaspora Women Writers, 1603-1789

BLSTU 4488          Major African Diaspora Women Writers, 1789-1890

BLSTU 4489          Major African Diaspora Women Writers, 1890-Present 

BLSTU 4530          Caribbean Women Writers

BLSTU 4877          Historical Studies of Black Women

Black Diaspora Courses in Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures:

A.  Courses Taught in FRENCH:

FRENCH 4510       African Francophone Literature

FRENCH 4980       Special Themes in French

FRENCH 4993       Capstone Experience in French

B.  Courses Taught in SPANISH:

SPAN 4510             Afro-Hispanic Literature

SPAN 4980             Special Themes in Spanish

SPAN 4993             Capstone Experience in Spanish

C.  Courses Taught in PORTUGUESE:

PORT 3001             Topics in Portuguese

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

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