The Black studies minor, housed in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, provides students with in- depth and substantive exposure to the historical, cultural, political, economic, and social development of the African Diaspora through a variety of humanities, and social sciences approaches. 

Our interdisciplinary approach provides students with a three-dimensional view:


Engage with the history of the African Diaspora with classes in a range of disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, religious studies and more. 



Gain knowledge on the history, primary methodologies, and interdisciplinary breadth of the field of Black Studies through opportunities to analyze, critique, and translate comprehensive themes concerning interactions related to the work of Black scholars, writers, artists, economists, musicians, etc.   


Cultivate understating that allows you to offer clarity and insight on ongoing academic and public debates centered around conversations on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. 

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Black studies courses are taught by faculty in a variety of departments who are recognized experts in their fields.

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The Value of a Black Studies Minor

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    Gain an understanding of the Africana and Diasporic through a wide range of perspectives and disciplines, such as anthropology, economics, education, history, history of art, international studies, literature, political science and sociology. 

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    Be introduced to tools to analyze the ancestries, foundations, and issues of forced or chosen migration, decolonization, political economy, anti-Black racism, institutional power, oppression, resistance and liberation. 

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    Develop an understanding of communities of inquiry of the Black experiences and the African continent and Diaspora, within and beyond the University of Denver 

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    Enhance what you learn in your major program of study to support future graduate work and professional development.     

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