students learn a traditional dance from Senegal

Students participate in a final project for the Black Studies course "Sabar: The Music and Dance of Senegal."

Founded in the fall of 1994, the Black Studies minor program 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.

The field of Black Studies is a global one and you will be encouraged to pursue study abroad opportunities. Students may complete some of the requirements for the Black Studies minor while doing study abroad, or through classes that have an international component. Interested students should contact the Director of the Black Studies Program about study abroad opportunities.


Students wishing to minor in Black Studies should see the director of the Black Studies program and choose an advisor from the Black Studies committee.

The Black Studies minor program is also supported by affiliations with several local and international African American and African organizations:

  • Affiliations

    Collection of African American Literature

    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.

    Museum of African American History

    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 on Beacon Hill is the largest area of pre-Civil War black-owned structures in the U.S.

    Géwël Tradition Project

    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.

    Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society

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

    The Senegalese-American Student Teaching Program (Dakar, Senegal)

    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.