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Black Studies

Amherst College

48 months
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75800 USD/year
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About

The Black Studies program from Amherst College provides an interdisciplinary exploration into the histories and cultures of Black people in Africa and its diaspora. It is also an inquiry into the social construction of racial differences and how these differences perpetuate racism and racial domination.

Overview

Key Features

The Black Studies program from Amherst College consists of eight courses: three core courses, three distribution courses, and two electives. The three core courses are BLST 111, BLST 200, and BLST 300. The three distribution courses consist of one course in three of four geographic areas: Africa; the United States; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Africa and its Diaspora. The student may choose the two electives from the department’s offerings, from cross-listed courses, or from other courses at the Five Colleges. Majors fulfill the department's comprehensive requirement by successfully completing Black Studies 300.

Black Studies majors learn in many ways.  For a start, all majors take an introductory course (BLST 111) that familiarizes them with some of the central debates and problems within the field:  Is there such a thing as a "Black" experience?  How African is African-American culture?  What kinds of theories can we advance to explain the relationship between race and a range of social and economic indicators?  How have scholars traditionally understood the connections between Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas?  How do issues of gender affect issues of race?  What new insights do postmodern and postcolonial theories offer on all these subjects?  Many of the thematic and disciplinary questions raised in the introductory course are expanded upon in other courses.  

Research in Black Studies (BLST 300) prepares students for the kinds of research expected of an honors thesis at the College.  In addition to being a required course, for the major, students hoping to write a senior honors thesis in the department are strongly encouraged to take BLST 300 in their sophomore year whenever possible, especially if the student plans to study abroad in their junior year.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Blues Muse: African American Music in American Culture
  • Transnational American Studies
  • Black (on) Earth: Introduction to African American Environmental Literature
  • African Popular Music
  • Black Sexualities
  • Race and American Capitalism: From Slavery to Ferguson
  • The Colonial City: Architecture, Empire, Resistance

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7.5
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TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100

Credits

120 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7.5
Start practicing IELTS today!
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Common Application, Coalition Application OR QuestBridge Application
  • Amherst College Writing Supplement 
  • $65 Application Fee (non-refundable) or Fee Waiver (requested through Common Application, Coalition Application or Amherst's Quick Pass).
  • School Report
  • Secondary School Transcript
  • Counselor Recommendation (College Counselor / Guidance Counselor)
  • Two Teacher Recommendations (English, Math, Science, Social Studies or Foreign Language)
  • Optional Standardized Test Results for the SAT or ACT (either self-reported or official scores).
  • Early Decision Agreement (for ED applicants)
  • First marking period grades from senior year (for ED applicants)
  • Mid-Year School Report Form (as soon as first trimester/first semester grades are available)
  • Mid-Year Transcript (as soon as first trimester/first semester grades are available)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    75800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 75800 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    75800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 75800 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Amherst Center

1228 - 2543 USD /month
Living costs

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Funding

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