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2015-2016 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Black Studies Minor

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African and African-American Studies Committee

Morgan J. Peters, Director, African and African-American Studies Program

Sadhana Bery Sociology and Anthropology

Anna Dempsey Art History

John Fobanjong Political Science

royal hartigan Music

Anna Klobuck Portuguese and Women’s & Gender Studies

Lisa Maya Knauer Sociology and Anthropology

Mark Santow History

Viviane Saleh-Hanna Crime & Justice Studies

Bridget Teboh History

Tryon Woods Crime & Justice Studies

Selected Faculty in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Visual and Performing Arts also participate in offering courses.

Black Studies is a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the society, culture and history of Africans and people of African descent. Drawing on the expertise of scholars of the African and African-American experience in the fields of sociology, literature, the visual and performing arts, history, political science, education, economics and anthropology, the minor has the following goals:

  • To emphasize the African and African-American contribution to world development
  • To broaden and deepen students’ understanding of Africa, the African diaspora and the American identity
  • To provide students of African descent with an opportunity to pursue a program of study directly relevant to their own lives and expose as many students as possible to African and African-American studies.

A minor must be completed at the time of the degree and will be so noted on the student’s transcript.  A student cannot be readmitted to the University to complete only a minor.


Each student who minors in Black Studies is required to complete AAS 101, Introduction to African and African-American Studies and AAS 480, Seminar, which provides a capstone experience. In addition, four elective courses must be selected: two from Group A and two from Group B below. No more than two of the elective courses may be in one department.

Total credits: 18

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