Black Studies Minor

To change the world, first you must understand it. The interdisciplinary field of Black Studies focuses on the work, history, and experiences of African-descended people—a global majority whose diverse perspectives and contributions have long been underrepresented. Whether you take one course or pursue a minor, you will gain insight into Black history and culture in the United States, Africa, and throughout the African diaspora in all parts of the world.

Marjorie Salvodon

“Everyone can benefit from exploring Black Studies. We all live within the social, economic, and political structures that have emerged from particular moments in history–even though we are not all affected the same way. That’s what makes Black Studies truly universal.”

Marjorie Salvodon
Professor and Interim Director of the Black Studies Program

To read more on what's next for the Black Studies program, check out Marjorie's Q and A.

As a student in Suffolk’s Black Studies program, you will:

  • Examine the complexities of identity and develop a deeper understanding of our interconnected global community
  • Learn to conduct research, analyze historical events with accuracy, and ask probing questions
  • Turn a critical eye toward every source when delving into academic databases and archival collections
  • Become immersed in Boston’s Black history at sites like the Museum of African American History just steps from campus
  • Be inspired by visiting speakers, artists, writers, and performers
  • Form powerful connections with classmates and program alumni

Experience is Everything

Black Studies Program Overview


Who should take the Black Studies minor?

Black Studies is an interdisciplinary program that can complement any major. Students frequently pair the minor with a major in political science, history, sociology, and politics, philosophy, and economics. Students also find that employers within a wide variety of industries – including the arts and media, business, law, psychology, economics, and even the laboratory sciences – increasingly value the cross-disciplinary perspective and skill set this program provides.

The Minor

The Black Studies minor is a five course (20 credit) program that you can tailor to your academic interests and goals. You’ll start out with two introductory courses to gain a strong foundation in the discipline, then choose three electives. Our courses are developed by faculty from many fields, exploring every angle of the discipline and addressing today’s most pressing topics. Recent course offerings include: Race, Economics, and Politics in Boston: 1950s to the 21st Century; Western African History through Film and Literature; and "Back to Africa" to "Black Lives Matter": A Global History of Panafricanism.
View the Black Studies Minor Curriculum

Our Students & Alumni

Beyond the Classroom

Celebration of Black Excellence

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Nearly 30 years ago, passionate students and faculty led the way in establishing the Black Studies program. Join today’s students and alumni as you carry on that legacy of community-building and informed activism.

Get Involved

Learn more about Suffolk’s student organizations, including the:

  • African Student Association
  • Black Student Union
  • Caribbean Students Network
  • Ethiopian-Eritrean Student Association
  • Student Government

You can also connect with members of the Suffolk University Black Alumni Network (SUBAN), which celebrates and serves current and future Black alumni through events, mentoring, philanthropy and volunteerism.


At Suffolk, you’ll find yourself at the center of Boston’s Black history. And you’ll meet fellow students, as well as our alumni and friends, who are doing critical work at Boston’s most important historic and cultural sites, such as:

Museum of African American History
Less than a ten minute walk from campus, the Museum of African American History is dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans in New England from the colonial period through the 19th century.

Boston African American Historic Site, National Park Service
This landmark of roughly two dozen sites in our Beacon Hill neighborhood is the largest area of pre-Civil War black-owned structures in the US.

A selection of African American literature placed on a table

Created by Suffolk University, the Museum of African American History, and the National Park Service’s Boston African American Historic Site, the Clark Collection of African American Literature contains more than 6,000 volumes representing 1,200 African American authors. It is housed on campus at the Mildred F. Sawyer Library and accessible to all students.

Holdings range from oral histories and personal essays to poetry, musical lyrics, drama and fiction, including:

  • A first edition copy of W.E.B Du Bois’ landmark work The Souls of Black Folk
  • Early editions from poet, novelist, and playwright Paul Lawrence Dunbar, poet Countee Cullen, and Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes
  • A separate bibliography to catalog the works of Black writers from Massachusetts and neighboring states
  • A complete series of The Monthly Offering, an abolitionist periodical published in Boston from 1840-42
  • Unpublished manuscripts, including eight by Boston artist-historian Allan Rohan Crite
  • Contemporary works from emerging writers

Annual Events

Each year, we come together to honor individual and collective achievements through several events, such as the Celebration of Black Excellence, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, the 1913 Graduation Celebration, and RAM Inclusion Week.

Questions? Get in touch!

Racheal  Cobb

Marjorie Salvodon

Professor and Interim Director of the Black Studies Program

Email [email protected]

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