Minor in Black Women’s Studies

 

The Minor in Black Women’s Studies offered jointly with the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies gives 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, and 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 nonprofit management, social justice advocacy, law, health-related fields, student affairs and government and public policy.


Overview of Program Requirements | 15 credits

Please note, students admitted prior to 2020 should follow the requirements outlined further below in Former Program Requirements. The following requirements are for students admitted in 2020 and after.

Foundation Courses | 6 credits

  • Introductory Course - 3 credits - Choose one course
    • AASP298I/WMST263: Introduction to Black Women’s Studies
    • *AASP298B/WMST265: Construction of Manhood and Womanhood in the Black Community
    • WMST264/LGBT264: Quare/Queer Contentions: Explorations of Sexualities in the Black Community

 

  • Historical Course - 3 credits - Choose one course
    • AASP313/WMST314: Black Women in U.S. History
    • AASP498I/HIST360/WMST498M: Women and the Civil Rights Movement
    • AASP398G: Gender, Labor, and Racial Identity in Diasporic Communities

 

Elective Courses | 9 credits

 

  • Of the 9 credits, 6 credits must be upper-level (300/400) courses; a list of approved courses will be made available from the program advisor during the early registration period

 

  • Of the 15 total credits, 3 credits must come from a comparative or non-U.S. course, which will be indicated on the list of approved courses

Former Program Requirements | 15 Credits

Please note, the following requirements are for students admitted prior to  2020.

Required Foundation Courses | 6 credits

  • Choose one course - 3 credits
    • AASP298I/WMST263: Introduction to Black Women’s Studies
    • *AASP298B/WMST265: Construction of Manhood and Womanhood in the Black Community

 

  • AASP313/WMST314: Black Women in U.S. History

 

Area/Elective Courses | 9 credits

  • One course from each of the following areas:
    • Area I – Comparative or Non-U.S. course
    • Area II – Humanities
    • Area III – Social Sciences

 

  • Of the 9 credits, 6 credits must be upper-level (300/400) courses; a list of approved area courses will be made available from the program advisor during the early registration period

 

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

 

*Course fulfills GenEd requirement, see testudo.umd.edu for details

 

For more information about the Minor in Black Women’s Studies or to declare the program contact the program advisor here at lahsram9 [at] umd.edu

 

Schedule a virtual general advising appointment here