The Frederick Douglass Institute and Department of Black Studies offers a BA and minor in Black studies as well as several clusters.

This interdisciplinary program integrates the social sciences and humanities to bring together historical, cultural, psychological, economic, and political approaches and perspectives to the study of people of African descent in the Atlantic world, including the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

Dual Majoring

While Black studies can complement any major, it is an especially good fit for students looking to dual major in:

  • History
  • English
  • Political science
  • Comparative literature
  • Anthropology


A degree in Black studies can lead to a career in fields like:

  • Higher education
  • Law and politics
  • Human resources
  • Non-profits


Questions? Contact the director of undergraduate studies