The Department of African American and Africana Studies in collaboration with faculty from The College of Arts and Humanities, The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, The College of Education, The School of Public Health, and The School of Public Policy are excited to introduce a new Minor in Anti-Black Racism effective Fall 2023.

Anti-Black racism is conceptualized as policies and practices rooted in social institutions (i.e. education, health care, criminal justice system, housing) that reinforce prejudice and discrimination towards people of African descent. This minor will give students a deeper understanding of these policies, practices, beliefs, and behaviors as well as ways to work to ensure they can be inclusive leaders in line with what it means to be Terrapin Strong.

The key components of the minor include one common introductory course (ABRM330), one disciplinary course, two core electives, and a capstone course (ABRM450) that will feature an opportunity to participate in experiential learning that is mentored by a faculty member from one of the participating colleges/schools. ABRM is a 15 credit minor. At least 9 credits must be 300-400 level courses. 

Introductory Course

ABRM330 Introduction to Anti-Black Racism 3

Disciplinary Courses

AMST310 Introduction to Comparative Ethnic and Racial Studies 3
AASP101* Public Policy and the Black Community 3
TLPL287** Inquiry Into Issues in US Public Schooling: Policies, Practice and Promise 3
HLTH460 Multicultural Population Health 3
PLCY288A* 21st Century Racial Justice and Gender from the Bullhorn to the Ballot 3

* - If you select this Disciplinary Course, at least one CORE elective must be a 300 or 400 level course

** - You may request special permission to use this course for the ABRM as it is not yet formally approved.

Select two elective courses from the list below. If you complete a 100 or 200 level Disciplinary Course (i.e. AASP101, TLPL202, or PLCY288A) , at least one Core Elective must be 300-400 level. If you selected a 300 or 400 level Disciplinary Course (i.e. AMST310 or HLTH460), you can take any two Core Elective options listed below (assuming you meet any course restrictions).

Elective Course List (6 credits)

AASP100 Introduction to African American Studies 3
AASP187 The New Jim Crow: African-Americans, Mass Incarceration and the Prison Industrial Complex 3
AASP202 Black Culture in the United States 3
AASP210 Intro to Research Design and Analysis in African American Studies 3
AASP211 Get Out: The Sunken Place of Race Relations in the Post-Racial Era 3
AASP230 Social (In)Justice and African-American Health and Well-Being 3
AASP298B Constructions of Manhood and Womanhood in the Black Community 3
AASP298L African-American Literature and Culture 3
AASP298M Martin Luther King Jr. 3
AASP301 Applied Policy Analysis and the Black Community 3
AASP310 African Slave Trade 3
AASP313 Black Women in United States History 3
AASP320 Poverty and African American Children 3
AASP377 Baldwin and the Black Atlantic 3
AASP413 Gentrification: Have You Met the New Neighbors?: Issues of Belonging and Displacement in Urban Areas 3
AASP443 Blacks and the Law 3
AASP498 Special Topics in Black Culture (AASP498R Race and Sports) 3
AMST290 Shifting Sands: Constructing Cultural Mainstreams and Margins in the U.S. 3
AMST328 (USLT320) Perspectives on Identity and Culture (AMST328E Afro-Latinx Diasporas) 3
ANTH412 Hypermarginality and Urban Health 3
ANTH433 Archaeology of Slavery: Classical, Caribbean and North American Contexts 3
ARTH362 Presently Black: Contemporary African American Art 3
CCJS370 Race, Crime and Criminal Justice 3
CMLT235 Black Diaspora Literature and Culture 3
CMLT277 Literatures of the Americas 3
COMM360 The Rhetoric of Black America 3
ENGL130 Race and the Cultural Politics of Blood: A Historical Perspective 3
ENGL234 African-American Literature and Culture 3
ENGL360 African, Indian and Caribbean Writers 3
ENGL368 Special Topics in African American, African, and African Diaspora Literatures 3
ENGL438 Selected Topics in Media Studies (ENGL438B Black Digitalities) 3
ENGL448 Literature by Women of Color (ENGL448C Literature, Visual Culture and Art by Women of Color) 3
ENGL459 Selected Topics in LGBTQ+ Literatures and Media (ENGL459B Black Sexuality in Literature and Film) 3
ENGL470 African-American Literature: From Slavery to Freedom 3
ENGL471 African-American Literature: 1910-1945 3
ENGL472 African-American Literature: 1945 to Present 3
ENGL479 Selected Topics in Literature after 1800 (ENGL479B Black Performance: From Slavery to Hip-Hop) 3
FMSC381 Family Inequality 3
FMSC420 African American Families 3
HESI202 Race and Diversity in Higher Education 3
HESI220 Adaptive Strategies for Multicultural Leadership and Dialogue 3
HESI418 Special Topics in Leadership (HESI418D Leadership and Ethnicity) 3
HIST254 African-American History to 1865 3
HLTH240 Am I Not a Man? Contemporary Issues in Black Men's Health 3
JOUR453 News Coverage of Racial Issues 3
KNES225 Hoop Dreams: Black Masculinity and Sport 3
KNES401 Zip Code: Prediction of Physical Activity & Health 3
LGBT448 Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies (LGBT448L Black Queer Studies) 3
MIEH330 Environmental Justice, Racism, and Environmental Health Disparities: How where you live can kill you 3
PLCY288B Introduction to Public Policy Topics (PLCY288B Impact of Discriminatory Housing Policies) 3
PLCY288L Introduction to Public Policy Topics (PLCY288L Organizing and Advocating for Justice) 3
PLCY388 Special Topics in Public Policy (PLCY388Z Race, Capitalism and the Wealth Gap) 3
PSYC354 Multicultural Psychology in the U.S. 3
SOCY212 Hate Crimes in the U.S.: What Lt. Richard Collins can teach us about History, Hope and Healing 3
SOCY224 Why are We Still Talking About Race? 3
SOCY244 Bridging Perspectives: Critical Conversations Between Students and Police 3
SOCY424 Sociology of Race Relations 3
TLPL288 Special Problems in Education (TLPL288R Critical Race Counter-storytelling) 3
TLPL475 Equitable Classrooms 2
TLPL476 Equity and Pedagogy 2
TLPL481 Embracing Diversity in the Classroom Community 3
URSP372 Diversity and the City 3
USLT403 Citizens, Refugees, and Immigrants 3
WGSS370 Black Feminist Thought 3
WGSS428 Topics in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS428J Black Feminist Science Studies) 3
WGSS428 Topics in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS428L 21st Century Black Feminisms) 3


Capstone Course

ABRM450 Applied Anti-Black Racism 3

To declare the Minor in Anti-Black Racism please complete this online form AND schedule a virtual “general advising” appointment here

For any other questions, comments, or concerns regarding the ABRM Minor, please contact the ABRM Minor email at abrm [at]