Black Studies (Minor)

Is it possible to provide optimal care and discuss immigration law without some cultural knowledge of the cultural spaces of your clients? Is it possible to campaign or become a politician without knowledge of the needs of all Americans? Can one be a social worker or a teacher in our increasingly globalized world without some knowledge of different racial and cultural practices and behaviors? Black Studies courses give students an understanding of the environmental, psychological, spiritual, aesthetic and cultural Black issues that enable the formation of culturally proficient medical practitioners, nurses, teachers, lawyers or businessmen.

Explore African arts, culture and literature and the African Diaspora with a minor in Black Studies at Creighton University. You’ll get a multidisciplinary perspective on African social, political, intellectual and artistic currents in the Americas, Africa and Europe.

If students are interested in an area not in the Black Studies minor, we have independent studies and research where various interests can be met.

What You'll Learn

The Black Studies provides opportunities to explore scientific, historical, social, political, intellectual, theological and artistic currents relevant to Africans or to Blacks of the diaspora. The minor is designed to encourage students to investigate, more widely, areas in the Humanities and Social Sciences connected to their major or track, so they can further their special interest and develop the cultural awareness much needed in Medicine, Immigration Law, Business, Education, Social Work and other professions.

  • Identify how literature and history represent human experience in racial, individual, social and cultural dimensions and learn to analyze and think critically through textual analyses and discussions of world and national historical events.
  • Identify knowledge of key historical developments that have significantly shaped African American and black thoughts, aesthetics and cultures.
  • Critical understanding of African and diasporic knowledge, thoughts and cultures.
  • Receive meaningful exposure to the human and social consequences of injustices on individuals and learn to empathize with the other.
  • Articulate the nature of justice by serving for the common good. Working as agents of social justice as community leaders, global citizens and professionals within students’ chosen disciplinary or career field.
  • Understand social justice implications of government policies, economics and education and identify opportunities to promote social justice and human dignity.
  • Understand African Christianity and reasoned and integrated conclusions concerning the relationship of human persons to God and the search for truth in light of either philosophical reason or systematic theology or both.
  • Learn through study abroad courses about different cultures and how the local is shaped and resists the global.
  • Learn about black culture through African Study Abroad (FLPSA), Service Learning courses, Black History events (lectures, films, music, etc.) organized each year and the AFSA (African Students Association) and CUASA (African American Students) student banquets.


The Black Studies minor gives Students the analytical and critical thinking they need in their future career. It also gives them an understanding of the diverse American and global continental and black diasporic history, politics, arts, culture, literature and human rights infringements. The minor also enables them to think from different cultural perspectives. It provides prospective teachers an understanding of themselves and their diverse students and it provides political majors the understanding of historical race relationships. Foremost, it teaches the Jesuit student both social justice and ethical responsibility.

Learn more about Black Studies Minor Curriculum.

Admissions Requirements

A student may not declare a minor until he or she has been accepted into a major. Students declare minors with the minor declaration form.

Eighteen credits of coursework are required to complete a minor. Students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.00 in courses toward the minor.

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