College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Interdisciplinary Minors

Black Studies (Interdisciplinary Minor)

The Black Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program administered by the office of the Black Studies Program. The minor in Black Studies is granted by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. The majority of courses are offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences but Black Studies courses are also offered in other colleges. See the website or call the Black Studies Program for the complete listing of courses.

The scope of the Black Studies courses encompasses the study of the history, geography, experiences, contribution, and lifestyles of peoples of African descent. It also covers the myriad aspects and manifestations of the arts and cultures of African peoples on the continent of Africa, and persons of African descent in the United States of America, and in other areas of the African Diaspora.

Students majoring in any discipline may pursue a minor in Black Studies. Upon graduation, students of Black Studies are welcomed into a variety of occupations and graduate and professional schools. Based on data collected by the National Council of Black Studies, Black Studies graduates do particularly well in social service areas, sales, and media communications. There is evidence that students in Black Studies receive substantive aid in their preparation for advanced graduate studies in law, education, social work, public administration, international affairs, social policy analysis, and other areas of study.

Students electing to minor in Black Studies are to inform the director of Black Studies of their intention as early as possible by completing the Declaration or Change of Minor form and submitting it to the director. The director of Black Studies or a person designated by the director shall serve as adviser to students who elect a minor in Black Studies.

Required Courses:

The Black Studies minor requires twenty-four (24) credit hours be completed in Black Studies designated courses.All minors must complete BST 200: Introduction to Black Studies. one core course from each section I, II and III, and follow the additional requirement guidelines.

Courses may be selected from the Black Studies Program list of course requirements indicated in the Black Studies Major Curriculum.

BST 200 Introduction to Black Studies course is required of all minors.

  1. Introductory Courses.(Select one of the following courses)
    1. ANT 270 African-American Culture
    2. REL 217 Religion in Black America
    3. SOC 382 African American Communities
    4. SWK 150 The Black Experience and Contemporary Society

  2. HIS 175 Introduction to African History

  3. African-American Culture.
  4. (Select one of the following courses)
    1. COM 388 The Rhetoric of Black America
    2. HIS 215 The History of African-Americans to 1877
    3. HIS 216 The History of African-Americans Since 1877
    4. PSC 217 Urban Politics and the African-American Experience

Additional Requirement Guidelines:

  1. A minimum of 12 credit hours shall be selected from Black Studies courses at the 300-level or higher.
  2. Courses should be selected from a minimum of three different departments or disciplines.
  3. Transfer students planning to minor in Black Studies shall complete a minimum of 12 credit hours in Black Studies courses at Cleveland State University. For transfer students, a minimum of 9 credit hours of upper-level courses shall be completed at Cleveland State University. The transfer of Black Studies credits is subject to the approval of the director of Black Studies or of a person or persons designated by the director.

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