Black Studies Minor

Suffolk University's Black studies minor offers an interdisciplinary course of study that spans history, the social sciences, and the humanities. You will explore Black history and culture not only in Africa or the United States, but also throughout the African Diaspora in all parts of the world.

Your studies will be completely inclusive of the Black experience, which has been a central part of the history of the world, and particularly the United States.

You'll take two required courses (Introduction to Black Studies I and II) before choosing three electives to earn this minor. The field of Black studies is a global one, and we'll encourage you to pursue study abroad opportunities. You may complete some of this minor's requirements while studying abroad or taking classes with an international component.


If you wish to minor in Black studies, please see the program director and choose an advisor from the Black studies committee.


Created by Suffolk University, the Museum of African American History, and the National Park Service’s Boston African American Historic Site, this collection in the Mildred F. Sawyer Library contains more than 6,000 volumes representing 1,200 African American authors.

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.

This landmark of roughly two dozen sites on Beacon Hill is the largest area of pre-Civil War black-owned structures in the U.S.

Launched in the summer of 2005, the Géwël Tradition Project has the purpose of researching, documenting, and supporting the géwël tradition of Senegal and West Africa, from its manifestation in the 9th century to its transformation in the present, modern era of the 21st century.

The New England Chapter of this society preserves African-ancestored family history, genealogy, and cultural diversity by teaching research techniques and disseminating information.

This program provides students the opportunity to learn about and experience teaching, while sharing knowledge and skills from their major field of study in an international, educational environment.

Courses & Requirements

Learn more about the classes, requirements, and different options available to complete the program.