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.

Requires 15 credits; including 9 credits at the 300-400 level distributed as follows:

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

Department of Women’s Studies, 301-405-6827, 2101 Woods Hall
Department of African American Studies, 301-405-1158, 1119 Taliaferro Hall

For information on which courses count towards which area of the program please visit our course page and as well as the upcoming courses PDF linked on that page.

No course with a grade less than “C-” may be used to satisfy major requirements, and an overall GPA of 2.0 in the major is required for graduation

Dr. Elsa Barkley Brown and students attending the 2016 Black Girl Movement Conference