Global Black Studies centers the experiences, voices, and research of Black people as a way to challenge dominant narratives.
In short, our research and teaching cover pre- and post-colonial Africa and the African Diaspora in its multiple regions. The mission of the Global Black Studies Program is to provide a robust and critical program of study, research and service on the Black global experience.
North Carolina has seen exponential African American, African, and African Diasporan population growth, fueled in part by a reverse migration of African Americans from the North back to the South. Moreover, African Americans have always been a large and important demographic of the state and region.
A minor in Global Black Studies is important to employers throughout the U.S., North Carolina, and the WNC region. A GBS minor helps position students to distinguish themselves for admission into graduate and professional school programs in a myriad of fields and disciplines.
In the workforce, students can draw on their coursework and experiences working with people of diverse backgrounds. The minor also gives students a unique skill set to discuss in interviews with prospective employers.
This area of study is interdisciplinary, which means students can study the experiences of people of African ancestry from many perspectives including literature, culture, history, educational practices, sociological studies, theology and more. Students will also become familiar with Afrocentricity, Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality, Black Feminism, Black Critical Queer Theory, and Black Liberation Theology.
Students complete 7 courses for the minor, with three required courses:
The other 4 courses can come from a range of departments and many of these courses are also liberal studies courses and will count toward liberal studies electives.
Upon completion of the minor in Global Black Studies, students will be able to: