BA with a Major in Black Studies

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students must complete university, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of African American Studies degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Major Requirements33-36
General Education and Electives to reach minimum Total Hours84-87
Total Hours120

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Major Requirements

Required Courses
BLST 100Introduction to Black Studies a,b3
BLST 101Introduction to Black Diaspora Studies c,d3
BLST 206Black Studies and the Production of Knowledge e3
BLST 246Black Lives in Historical Context b,d3
BLST 401Senior Seminar in Black Studies3
Select one of the following history courses: f3
Precolonial Africa in World History c,d
History of Modern Africa c,d
African American History to 1877 b,d
African American History since 1877 b,d
Select one course from each of the following four categories: g9-12
Black Queer and Feminist Studies h
Black Freedom Movements in the U.S.
Reading Black Women Writing
Race, Gender, and Sexuality
Topics in Black Studies i
Cultural Production and Analysis h
Black Politics and Culture in the United States
Race, Place, and Schooling: Black Americans and Education
Black Film, 1900 - Present: Images, Individuals and Ideas on Screen
Introduction to African American Literature, 1760-1910
Introduction to African American Literature Since 1910
African American History to 1877
African American History since 1877
Black Freedom Movements in the U.S.
Comparative Black Literatures
Reading Black Women Writing
Black Cultural Studies
African American Art
Harlem Renaissance
Topics in African Literature
Topics in Black Studies i
Diasporic and Transnational Studies h
Introduction to African American Literature, 1760-1910
Black Religious Traditions
African and Caribbean Francophone Literature in Translation
Racism: Global Perspectives
Ancient Egyptian Art and Archaeology
Black Diaspora Studies
Topics in African Literature
Topics in Black Studies i
Race, Politics, and Institutions h
Black Politics and Culture in the United States
Race, Place, and Schooling: Black Americans and Education
Black Film, 1900 - Present: Images, Individuals and Ideas on Screen
Racism: Global Perspectives
Racial and Ethnic Groups
Black Diaspora Studies
African American History to 1877
African American History since 1877
Black Freedom Movements in the U.S.
Comparative Black Literatures
Race and Urban Life
Black Cultural Studies
Race and the Politics of Incarceration
Race, Gender, and Sexuality
Topics in Black Studies i
Select 6 additional hours of Black Studies courses in consultation with a departmental advisor (distributed in the following way): 6
300-level: at least 3 hours j
400-level: at least 3 hours
Total Hours33-36

Recommended Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
Quantitative Reasoning course 5
Foreign Language 4
BLST 100 Introduction to Black Studies a,d 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
BLST 101 Introduction to Black Diaspora Studies 3
 Hours16
Second Year
Fall Semester
BLST 1XX or BLST 2XX (Designated Cultural Production and Analysis course) a 3
BLST 246 Black Lives in Historical Context 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3-5
 Hours16-18
Spring Semester
BLST 1XX or BLST 2XX (Designated Diasporic and Transitional Studies course) b 3
BLST 206 Black Studies and the Production of Knowledge 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3-5
 Hours13-15
Third Year
Fall Semester
BLST 1XX or BLST 2XX (Designated Black Queer and Feminist Studies course) c 3
BLST 1XX or BLST 2XX (Designated Race, Politics, and Institutions course) d 3
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
Electives 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
BLST 3XX or BLST 4XX e 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
Electives 6
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
BLST 3XX or BLST 4XX c 3
Electives 12
 Hours15
Spring Semester
BLST 401 Senior Seminar in Black Studies 3
Electives 12
 Hours15
 Total Hours120