Black Studies Major

Students must also complete the Undergraduate Registration Requirement and the degree requirements of their home school.

NOTE: This Catalog describes Weinberg College BA requirements that pertain to students who matriculated at Northwestern after spring quarter 2023. Refer to the Archives if you are following BA requirements described in the 2018-2019 through 2022-2023 editions.

Course Title
Department Courses (12 units)
1 core course:
BLK_ST 236-0Introduction to African-American Studies
10 elective courses in the department, including at least 6 at the 300 level
1 senior course chosen from:
BLK_ST 390-0Research Seminar
BLK_ST 396-0Internship in African-American Studies
BLK_ST 399-0Independent Study

Honors in Black Studies

Majors with strong academic records and an interest in pursuing honors must notify the director of undergraduate studies during fall of senior year. To qualify for honors, a student must complete a substantial senior-year research project. With the director, the student selects a thesis adviser, who need not be a member of the department. Completion of the thesis ordinarily requires at least two quarters of research and writing. During one or both of those quarters students may register for BLK_ST 399-0 Independent Study with the thesis adviser. This course counts as either 1 of the 6 required “elective courses” in the major or as the senior-course requirement.

Students whose theses and grades meet department criteria are recommended to the college for graduation with honors. For more information contact the director of undergraduate studies and see Honors in the Major.