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Minor in Black Studies

The Black Studies Minor provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the histories and cultures of Black diasporas, ideologies of anti-Black racism, themes of Black resistance to oppression and exploitation, and the range of political strategies and community-based mobilization tactics Black activists and their allies have employed to counter systemic and institutionalized oppressions and fight for social justice.

Administered by: Department of English


Exclusions: Students may use a maximum of two (2) courses in any given discipline (indicated by the subject prefix of the course code) toward completion of the minor in Black Studies. Students may use a maximum of two (2) of HIS or HST courses towards completion of the minor. To enhance the cross-disciplinary range of the minor and to limit overlap with the Caribbean Studies minor, students are limited to only two (2) Caribbean Studies courses in the Black Studies minor; a maximum of two from the following: CRB 501, FRS 602, GEO 705, GMS 693, HST 222, SPS 502, ENG 620. Please note, it is not possible for students to use the same course to count for more than ONE minor.



To receive this Minor, students must complete six (6) courses in total from the following:

Required course (1):

  • ENG 142  Black Arts, Black Power

Plus five (5) elective courses from the following:

Group 1: A minimum of three (3), maximum of five (5) of the following courses:

  • CLD 540 Black Childhoods in Canada
  • CRM 250  Criminalizing Blackness
  • CYC 650 Roots and Resistance to Anti-Black Racism
  • ENG 647 Afrofuturism
  • ENG 653  Black Literatures and Cultures
  • FRE 605   Francophone Language and Culture
  • FFS 120    Fashion and Race
  • FSN 610   Carnival Arts
  • FSN 620   Black Fashion
  • GMS 694  The African Business Environment
  • HIS 107     Colonization, Colonialism and Independence
  • HIS 392 African Canadian History
  • HIS 760 The African Diaspora
  • HIS 854    African-American History
  • HST 633   Modern Africa
  • IDE 400   Africa and Beyond: The Decolonization of Design Culture
  • JRN 333   Reporting on Race
  • NNS 333  Covering Race
  • PHL 570 Black Political Thought
  • POL 688  Colonialism and Imperialism
  • RTA 484   Music of the African Diaspora
  • RTA 183    Rhythm, Beat and Groove
  • SOC 221    The Hip Hop Lens on Society
  • SOC 530   Blackness and Freedom
  • SOC 576   Colonialism and Anti-Blackness
  • THF 470    Black Creative Practices

Group 2: Minimum of zero (0) to a maximum of two (2) of the following courses:

  • CRB 501   Racism & Caribbean Peoples in Canada
  • ENG 620  Literatures of the Caribbean
  • FRS 602   French Caribbean Literature and Culture
  • GEO 705  Environment and Society of the Caribbean
  • GMS 693  The Latin American and Caribbean Business Environment
  • HST 222   The History of the Caribbean
  • SPS 502  Spanish Caribbean Literature and Culture