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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

Black Women's Studies

Joint Minor in Black Women's Studies
College of Arts and Humanities
2101 Woods Hall, 301-405-6877

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
2169 Lefrak Hall

The joint minor in Black Women's Studies focuses on the lives and experiences of women of Africa and the African Diaspora. As a specialty in the fields of Women's Studies and African American Studies, it will provide students with tools for understanding the social and cultural contexts in which race, gender, class, sexuality, ethnicity, nation and other dimensions of difference intersect to influence the lives and experiences of Black women.

Fifteen (15) credits of coursework are required, distributed below. A number of courses may count in more than one category. Al least nine (9) credits must be at the 300-400 level.  No course with a grade less than C- may be used to satisfy the minor and an overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor is required for graduation. Students will design their program in consultation with the Women's Studies or African American Studies advisor. No more than two courses may count toward a major in African American Studies or Women's Studies.

Foundation courses (6 credits)
WMST263/AASP203 Introduction to Black Women's Studies or
WMST265/AASP213 Constructions of Manhood and Womanhood in the Black Community
AASP313/WMST314 Black Women in U.S. History

Distributive Requirements (9 credits)
Area I - Comparative or Non-US Course - indicated by a * below (3 credits)
Area II - Humanities (3 credits)

WMST263/AASP203 Introduction to Black Women's Studies
THET240 African Americans in Film and Theater
*ENGL362 Caribbean Literature in English
*FREN478B Themes and Movements of French Literature in Translation: Francophone Women Writers

Area III - Social Sciences (3 credits)

WMST265/AASP213 Constructions of Manhood and Womanhood in the Black Community
HIST319 Women and the Civil Rights Movement
*WMST360 Caribbean Women
*WMST410 Women of the African Diaspora
WMST488 Senior Seminar: Black Women in the Public Eye
AASP493 Feminist and Nationalist Thought in the Black Community
WMST498 Black Feminist Thought WMST498 Womanisms and Feminisms: Theories and Methods
AASP483 Gender, Sexuality and the Black Family

To make an appointment to explore or declare a minor, go to www.arhu.umd.edu/undergraduate/academics/minors

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