Joint Minor in Black Women’s Studies

The 15-credit joint minor with the Department of African American Studies in Black Women’s Studies focuses on the lives and experiences of women of African and the African Diaspora. At least 9 credits must be at the 300-400 level, no course with a grade less than “C-” may be used to satisfy minor requirements, and an overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor is required for graduation.



WMST 263/AASP 298I/AASP 203: Introduction to Black Women’s Studies
Introduction to Black women’s studies, to Black women’s history, lives, political thought, and cultural practices.  Comparing Black women’s own self-perceptions and behaviors with the social norms and ideals about women within the Black community and in the larger society, the course examines the racial/ sexual politics of Black women’s lives.


WMST 265/AASP 298B/AASP 213: Constructions of Manhood and Womanhood in the Black Community
Investigates the ways that African Americans are represented and constructed in public and private spheres and explores the social constructions and representations of Black manhood and womanhood from various disciplinary perspectives.


WMST 314/AASP 313: Black Women in U.S. History
Covering African American women’s history from slavery to the present by applying analytical frameworks of race, gender and class to understand the life cycles and multiple roles of women of the African Diaspora as mothers, daughters, wives, workers and social change agents.

Additional Course Requirements

One course (3 credits) from Area I – Comparative or Non-US course (indicated by a *)

One course (3 credits) from Area II – Humanities

One course (3 credits) from Area III – Social Sciences


Department of African American Studies, 301-405-1158, 1119 Taliaferro Hall

Department of Women’s Studies, 301-405-6827, 2101 Woods Hall

Approved Course Offerings

AREA I – Comparative or Non-US Course – indicated by a * below

AREA II – Humanities

WMST 263/AASP 203: Introduction to Black Women’s Studies

WMST 298E/WMST 498Z: Black Women’s Art and Culture

*WMST 448/ENGL 448 (Topics vary, acceptable topics include): Caribbean Literature by Women; Women Writers of the African Diaspora

WMST 496/THET 496: African American Women Filmmakers

*ENGL 362: Caribbean Literature in English

*FREN 478B: Themes and Movements of French Literature in Translation: Francophone Women Writers

THET 240: African Americans in Film and Theater

AREA III – Social Sciences

WMS T 265/AASP 298B/AASP 213: Constructions of Manhood and Womanhood in the Black Community

*WMST 360: Caribbean Women

WMST 370: Black Feminist Thought

*WMST 410: Women of the African Diaspora

*WMST 488 (Topics vary, acceptable topics include): Black Women in the Public Eye

AASP 483: Gender, Sexuality and the Black Family

AASP 493: Feminist and Nationalist Thought in the Black Community

AASP 498 (Topics vary, acceptable topics include): Race, Gender & Labor

HIST 319: Women and the Civil Rights Movement