Black World Studies- Bachelor of Arts

For information, contact the director of Black World Studies, 120 MacMillan Hall (513-529-1235).

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 (34-40 semester hours)

1. Take either one of these:

BWS 151 Introduction to Black World Studies (4) or

BWS 156 Introduction to Africa (4)

2. Take a minimum of one course from Areas A - D.

3. Choose any four additional courses from across the curriculum.

Area A. African Experiences and Cultures

Choose ONE of the following:

ART/BWS 235 The Gods are Here: Spirituality and Text in African Art (3)

ART 480 Seminar in African Art (3)

ATH 329 Religions of Africa (3)

BIO 496 Biodiversity of Kenya (5)

BWS/GEO/HST/REL 209 Civilizations of Africa (3)

BWS/HST 224 Africa to 1884 (3)

BWS/HST 225 The Making of Modern Africa (3)

BWS 267 National Cinemas: African Film (3)

BWS 339 Contemporary African Politics (3)

BWS 341 East African History (3)

BWS 342 Africa Since 1942 (3)

BWS/FST 267 National Cinemas: African Film (3)

BWS/GEO 301 Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa (4)

BWS/CLS 310E Identity and Cultural Difference in Greco-Roman Egypt (3)

BWS 324/HST 325 Images of Africa (3)

BWS 339 /POL 338 Contemporary African Politics (3)

BWS/ATH 366 African Oral Traditions (3)

BWS 370 Selected Topics: Black World Studies (3)

BWS/POL 370B African Politics and Society Through Literature (3)

BWS/ENG/FST/POR 381 African Lusophone Literature (3)

BWS/ENG 450A Studies in Genre: The African Novel (3)

BWS/HST 495 Modern African Environmental History (3)

HST 444 Ancient Egypt (3)

POL 438 Africa in the Global Economy (3)

Area B. African American Experiences and Cultures

Choose ONE of the following:

BWS/HST 221 African American History (3)

BWS 250C African American Education (3)

BWS/KNH 279 African Americans in Sports (3)

BWS/KNH 292 Dance, Culture, and Contexts (3)

BWS/ENG 336 African American Writing (3)

BWS/ENG 337 African American Writing 1878-1945 (3)

BWS/ENG 338 African American Writing 1946-Present (3)

BWS/HST 365 Civil War and Reconstruction Era (3)

BWS/HST 395 The American South to 1877 (3)

BWS/REL 343 African-American Religions (4)

BWS/SOC 448 The African American Experience (3)

ENG 271 Cultures and Literatures of the American South (3)

ENG 348 Ethnic American Literatures (3)

HST 329 Lynching in America 1865-1940

AMS/MUS 135 Understanding Jazz, Its History and Context (3)

AMS/MUS 285 Survey of African Music in the Diaspora (3)

AMS/MUS 385 The Roots of Black Music: Blues, Gospel, and Soul (3)

AMS/MUS 386 The History and Development of Hip-Hop Culture in America (3)

REL 343 African American Religions (3)

Area C. Afro-Latin and Afro-Caribbean Experiences

Choose ONE of the following:

BWS/FST/LAS/MUS/POR 204 Brazilian Culture Through Popular Music (3)

BWS/POR 383 By- or About (Afro-) Brazilian Women (3)

BWS/LAS 415 Cuba in Revolution: Its History, Politics, and Culture (4)

ENG/LAS 254 Latin American Literature (3)

GEO 405 The Caribbean in Global Context (3)

GEO 461 Migrants & Diasporas (3)

GEO 473 Development and Underdevelopment (3)

GEO 475 Global Periphery's Urbanization (3)

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

Choose ONE of the following:

BWS/CLS 222 Race and Ethnicity in Antiquity (3)

BWS/HST 243 History of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1400s to 1800s (3)

BWS/ATH 325 Identity, Race, Gender, Class (3)

BWS 326 Islam in History (3)

BWS/SOC 348 Race and Ethnic Relations (3)

BWS/FSW 362 Family and Poverty (3)

BWS 383 By or About (Afro-) Brazilian Women (3)

BWS 370I/AMS 310I Race & Popular Culture in the US (3)

BWS/HST 386 Race in U.S. Society (3)

BWS/ENG/WGS 437 Black Feminist Theory (3)

BWS/ARC 427 The American City Since 1940 (3)

BWS/SOC 448 The African American Experience (3)

BWS/GEO 455 Race, Urban Change, and Conflict in America (3)

BWS/GTY 472 Race, Ethnicity & Aging (3)

BWS 492 African and African American Sexuality (3)

KNH 386 African Americans and Health Issues (3)

POL 326 Comparative Ethnic Politics (3)

PSY 325 Psychology of Prejudice and Minority Experience (3)

SOC 372 Social Stratification (3)

WGS 370A Black Women Writers (3)

4. One Writing

BWS 211 Writing with Purpose: Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Communication (3)

5. Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts in Black World Studies meet the College of Arts and Science writing in the major requirement by completing the following courses: AAA/AMS/BWS/LAS/WGS 211, BWS/ENG/WGS 432 or BWS/SOC/SJS 470.

6. Black World Studies Related Hours (12 hours)

Students must choose 4 additional courses (Black World Studies Related Hours) from course offerings listed in Areas A - D in the Program to fulfull all their requirements for the major. The Penny Lectures, independent studies, occasional seminars, tutorials, internships, and summer workshops may be used to fulfill BWS related hours. Students must seek the permission of their BWS adviser or Director prior to taking these courses or participating in these internships, tutorials and workshops if they wish to have them counted toward the Area Requirements

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