Black Studies

The Black Studies program at City College provides an interdisciplinary and systemic approach to the historical and contemporary study of African people in Africa and in the Americas. The program is designed to provide enrichment in the social sciences and humanities by giving students in these areas the opportunity to link the tools of formal analysis to a specific cultural area in the African experience. The student's career and future alternatives may be increased by adding a specialized dimension at the undergraduate level. Students preparing for transfer to a four-year university may major in a African Studies or humanities, law, social work, or public administration. This will enhance their opportunities in local, national and international organizations, both public and private, through participation in the program.

Program Emphasis

Black Studies courses are taught in English. The curriculum includes transfer courses which help to meet District and baccalaureate general education and multicultural requirements. The program offers courses in African history, as well as art, economics, United States history, literature, music, Psychology, Sociology and politics from a Black perspective.

Career Options

Most careers related to Black Studies require education beyond the associate degree. A list of some sample careers include: social scientist, counselor, international business person, historian, social worker, teacher and public administrator.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion the student will acquire the skills and knowledge for preparation in:

  • Evaluating the aesthetics, social, and political significance of Black artistic, musical and literary expression from its African origins to the present.
  • Analyzing the underlying causes of such social problems as racism and sexism and class conflict.
  • Critically analyzing current social policies and their historical origins, both on the local and national levels, aimed at addressing current social problems that most effect African-Americans.
  • Evaluating the role of active citizens who will be engaged in the global community.