Black Studies Program



Black Studies is a multidisciplinary curriculum offering courses in American Institutions, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Learning Skills. The program builds a positive understanding and knowledge of the history, culture, and contributions of Africans and Afro-Americans. All students benefit from courses in Black Studies, especially those who pursue careers in social sciences, education, law, counseling, journalism, social work, health care professions, teaching, business, and public administration.

Award Type Units
Associate of Arts Degree:
Black Studies 27*

*and courses to meet graduation requirements, general education and electives as needed to meet the minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

Program learning outcomes

The Black Studies Department is built upon an interdisciplinary curriculum (i.e. History, Psychology, Sociology, English, Literature, Political Science, Speech Art, Music, etc.). Students who successfully complete the Black Studies Program will gain facility with:

  • Critical Thinking: The Black Studies curriculum is designed to develop and challenge cognitive and creative thinking skills by incorporating oral, written, and creative assignments that enhance students’ research, analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Self-Awareness and Interpersonal Skills: Students will learn to be self defined and develop the ability to see themselves in others by participating in group assignments, open discussions and experiential activities. Students will learn to analyze their own actions, understand and respect the perspectives of others, while working effectively with people in groups.
  • Communication: Students will develop the confidence and ability to express themselves in an oral, written, and creative manner. By participating in a variety of learning opportunities (lectures, seminars, field trips, performances, etc.) students enhance and expand their ability to articulate critical thinking which is applicable to all learning experiences.
  • Personal Actions and Civic Responsibility: Students will develop a personal sense of responsibility through an understanding of how they are connected to their community and society at large. By participating in service learning activities and volunteerism students will develop community consciousness and commitment.
  • Technological Awareness: Students are given opportunities to enhance their understanding of technology through required assignments, projects, and presentation.
  • Global Awareness: Students will learn to analyze content and context of cultures around the world by comparing and contrasting how people do the same things in different ways. This will enable them to take responsibility for their actions and make ethical decisions with an understanding of its impact globally.
  • Life Mastery Skills: Students will develop consciousness, confidence, and competence through the interdisciplinary structure of Black Studies. Students develop a practical application of critical thinking, self awareness, communication, personal actions, civic responsibility, global and technology awareness. As a result, students know and understand that they have the power and ability to make decisions that make a difference on a personal, professional and global level.

Students will be assessed through a combination of performance evaluations, written assignments, and written tests and quizzes.

Associate of Arts Degree

Black Studies

Note: Only one Black Studies (BLAS) course from the above list may be used to satisfy SDCCD general education requirements. BLAS 115 & 135 offered at City College only.

For graduation requirements see Requirements for the Associate Degree .

Electives as needed to meet minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

Recommended electives: Black Studies 106 , 290 , 296 ; Business 140 ; Chicano Studies 201 , 210 ; Economics 120 , 121 ; English 49 ; Geography 102 ; History 109 , 110 ; Mathematics 96 or higher; Philosophy 102A ; Political Science 103 ; Psychology 135 , 270 .

Other recommended electives: Any mathematics course number 96 or higher.

Courses Required for Major: Units
BLAS 100 Introduction to Black Studies 3
BLAS 104 Black Psychology
BLAS 130 The Black Family 3
BLAS 115 Sociology/Black Perspective (City)
BLAS 116 Contemporary Social Problems from a Black Perspective
BLAS 135 Introduction to Black Politics (City) 3
BLAS 110 African American Art
BLAS 120 Black Music 3
BLAS 125 Dynamics of the Black Community 3
BLAS 140A History of the U.S., Black Perspective 3
BLAS 150 Black Women in Literature, Film and the Media
BLAS 155 African American Literature 3
Select six units from the following
BLAS 111 Cultural Influences on African Art 3
BLAS 140B History of the U.S., Black Perspectives 3
BLAS 145A Introduction to African History 3
BLAS 145B Introduction to African History 3
BLAS 165 Sexuality and Black Culture 3
BLAS 175 Psycho-History of Racism and Sexism 3
COMS 103 Oral Communication 3
ENGL 101 Reading and Composition 3
ENGL 105 Composition and Literature 3
Total Units = 27

Transfer Information

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.

Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.