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The central mission of the Black Studies Program is to prepare students to critically understand, conduct research, and interpret the complex histories, societies, and cultures of people of African descent in the United States, Africa and the Diaspora. The Program’s interdisciplinary design encourages specialization within the University of Missouri’s broad liberal arts curriculum. As a result, students and faculty may conduct research that develops new or builds upon existing concepts, theories, and approaches to the study of the evolving experiences and contributions of the African Diaspora. In so doing, Black Studies prepares students to competently participate in diverse and competitive global societies where they may contribute viable practical solutions to critical challenges on multiple levels.

Degrees Offered

Black Studies, Minor


A student must complete a minimum of fifteen (15) hours of approved coursework.

Three (3) of the fifteen (15) hours can be taken in Black Studies courses outside of the College of Arts and Science. At least six (6) of the fifteen (15) hours must be in courses numbered 2000 or above. At least three (3) of the fifteen (15) hours must be in a 3000-level course.

Minor courses at MU can count toward General Education Requirements.

Please complete the minor form.

  **If you encounter problems with the minor form, submit it and contact Mary Beth Brown at 573-882-6229 or 

Black Studies Program Website

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