UMKC Catalog


Minor in Black Studies - The core Black Studies Courses are:BLKS 201: Gl...

The core Black Studies Courses are:

BLKS 201: Global Systems and the Origins of Black American Culture and Institutions (3 Credit Hours)

This multi-disciplinary course examines global capitalism, European contact with Africa, the development of the African Diaspora, and the origins of Black American institutions and culture. Applying a Black Studies perspective, the course explores such themes as cultural and gendered oppression, institutional destabilization, economic dislocation, liberation struggles, and creative impulses and aesthetics. (This course replaces Introduction to African American Studies and also meets the general education requirement for a course that focuses on cultural perspectives of an interdependent global environment.)

BLKS 302: Conceptual and Theoretical Foundations in African American Studies (3 Credit Hours)

This course will provide an in-depth examination of the theoretical and conceptual parameters of African American Studies. We will study the evolution of the field, key scholars and creative intellectuals, and seminal categories of thought. (This course also meets the general education requirements for the social sciences.)

BLKS 403WI: Writing for African American Studies (3 Credit Hours)

This course instructs students in how to produce advanced knowledge in the field of African American Studies. It provides training in the construction of quality research papers for graduate, scholarly, and professional work and exposes students to a wide array of scholarly journals, databases, and authoritative resources in African American studies. Each time the course is taught, students will develop their research around a specific topic defined by the instructor. (This course is approved as a writing intensive course.)

BLKS 404 Research Seminar (3 Credit Hours)

This course introduces the logic, theory, and techniques of empirical research and applies them to African American Studies. It exposes students to a variety of research approaches in order to examine their utility for producing knowledge within the field. (This course also meets the general education requirements for social sciences.)