The 2020 Joint Minor in Black Women’s Studies

The joint minor with the Department of African American Studies in Black Women’s Studies offers students an opportunity to critically engage theories and histories of justice and social change within the Black community; both nationally and transnationally. The minor sits at the intersection of race, gender, class, sexuality and allows students to bring a critical race critique to their primary area of study and a range of future employment possibilities, such as non-profit management, social justice advocacy, law, health-related fields, student affairs, and government and public policy.

Requirements

Students will earn a total of 15 credits, distributed as indicated below. At least 9 credits must be at or above the 300 level. No course with a grade less than “C-” may be used to satisfy the major. Students will design their programs in consultation with a Women’s Studies advisor.

Foundation Courses: 6 credits, 2 courses

Introductory Course – 3 credits – Choose from these three courses

  • WMST263/ AASP 298I – Introduction to Black Women’s Studies
  • WMST 265/AASP298B – Construction of Manhood and Womanhood in the Black Community
  • *WMST264/ LGBT 264: Quare/Queer Contentions: Explorations of Sexualities in the Black Community

Historical Course – 3 credits – Choose from these three courses

• WMST 314/AASP 313 – Black Women in U.S. History
• AASP498I/HIST360/WMST498M – Women and the Civil Rights Movement
• *AASP398G: Gender, Labor, and Racial Identity in Diasporic Communities

Electives: 9 credits, 3 courses – Of the 9 elective credits, 6 must be upper-level (300 or 400)
Choose from the list below. A list of the courses available each semester will be available from the program advisor during the registration period.

Comparative Coursework – Of the 15 total credits, 3 must come from a comparative or non-US course, indicated below with an *.

Approved Course Offerings

Lower Level Courses

  • WMST263/AASP298I/AASP203: Introduction to Black Women’s Studies
  • *WMST264/LGBT264: Quare/Queer Contentions: Explorations of Sexualities in the Black Community
  • WMST265/AASP298B: Constructions of Manhood and Womanhood in the Black Community
  • WMST 267: Introduction to Black Women’s Cultural Studies
  • WMST298N: Racialized Gender and Rebel Media
  • THET240: African Americans in Film and Theater

Upper Level Courses

  • WMST 314/AASP 313 – Black Women in U.S. History
  • *WMST360: Caribbean Women
  • *ENGL362: Caribbean Literature in English
  • WMST370: Black Feminist Thought
  • *AASP398G: Gender, Labor, and Racial Identity in Diasporic Communities
  • *WMST410: Women of the African Diaspora
  • WMST448/ENGL 448 Special Topics in Women’s Studies: Acceptable courses include –
    *Caribbean Literature by Women;
    *Women Writers of the African Diaspora
  • AASP398U Selected Topics in the African Diaspora; Angela Davis
  • ENGL439A Spotlight on Major Writers; Toni Morrison: Race, Gender, & American Culture
  • *FREN478B: Themes and Movements of French Literature in Translation: Francophone Women Writers
  • WMST488 Senior Seminar: Acceptable courses include –
    Black Women in the Public Eye;
    Black Women and the Arts
  • AASP483: Gender, Sexuality and the Black Family
  • AASP493: Feminist and Nationalist Thought in the Black Community
  • AASP498 Special Topics in Black Culture: Acceptable topics include – Race, Gender & Labor;
    Black Masculinities in Art, Music & Dance;
    Black Women in Popular Culture: From the Blues to Beyonce’
  • AASP498I/HIST360/WMST498M – Women and the Civil Rights Movement
  • WMST496/THET496: African American Women Filmmakers
  • WMST498Z: Black Women’s Art and Culture
Dr. Elsa Barkley Brown and students attending the 2016 Black Girl Movement Conference