To get a minor in Black World Studies, a student must complete a minimum of 21 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the program, distributed as follows:

  • Introductory Course
  • Area Requirements (4 courses)

Introductory Course

Either of the following may be used to fulfill the introductory course requirement:

  • BWS 151 - Introduction to Black World Studies (4 hours)
  • BWS 156 - Introduction to Africa (4 hours)

Area Requirements

Students must take at least 1 course from each of the following topic areas:

Other Courses

All BWS courses and courses cross-listed with BWS may be used for the remaining hours. Courses, not cross-listed with BWS, and special topic courses and selected honors seminars are offered most semesters. These may be approved by the director of Black World Studies for the minor.

Independent Study

Independent Study offers students an opportunity to expand, enrich, or deepen their understanding of some aspect of Black World Studies. An independent study can be undertaken as a rigorous extension of classroom work, a course of intensive guided reading on a topic not covered in a regular course, or as a chance to do research.