Black Studies

Black Studies is the interdisciplinary study of the social, political, economic, and historical experiences of Africans in America and around the world. Black Studies focus on systematic racism, white supremacy, and anti-blackness with the ultimate goal of overcoming systems of oppression throughout the world.  Black Studies also investigates how race/ethnicity intersects with class, gender, and sexuality. Students take courses to prepare for a Black Studies major or to fulfill general education requirements. Career options include teaching at the high school and college level, social work, non-profit work, human services, counseling, law enforcement, legal professions, and business.

Academic and Career Pathway: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Contact Information

Chair: Sean Davis

Dean: Michael Fino

Department: Sociology

Office: Building OC3100, 760.795.6871

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BLST 240: Introduction to Black Studies

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in SOC 240.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Spring

This course introduces students to the social and academic origins of Africans in America and around the world. By employing a sociological approach, students gain a broader and deeper understanding of the Black experience. This course is intended for students who want to acquire fundamental knowledge related to areas of study within the Black Studies discipline, various cultures of Africa, and the African Diaspora.