Black Studies

The undergraduate program in Black Studies at Queen's offers students courses in art history, Black literature, music, philosophy, global health, Black religions, technologies of hip hop, and much more. Students will learn about Black thought and Black resistances in a time of crisis. Our courses span from the arts and social sciences, to health and kinesiology, to the School of Religion, and other faculties. Black Studies is a truly interdisciplinary program that prepares students for a broad range of careers.

Top 5 reasons to study Black Studies:

  1. Develop historically-informed and forward-looking approaches to the political, intellectual, artistic and activist work of global Black communities.
  2. Critically analyze blackness in relation to various equity deserving groups, social identities, and axes of oppression and privilege (e.g. class, sexuality, disability).
  3. Engage with creative, rigorous and interdisciplinary theories, methods and approaches developed by Black scholars, creatives and activists to address distinct yet related social movements (e.g. racial justice and climate justice).
  4. Learn about the management of diversity in institutional life as well as how people have gotten together, inside and outside of conventional politics, to abolish racial hierarchies.
  5. Participate in collaborative and experiential learning models (such as practicums, internships, work-study programs, cultural production and research assistantships with scholars, activists and/or creatives).

“I took the Introduction to Black Studies course, and it was genuinely one of my favourite classes! The assignments were a mix of creative and critical scholarly work, which made it both informative and fun. As a black student, it meant a lot to take a course that focused on my people and our history; it allowed me to broaden my interest in Black Studies, which I plan to take into my Master’s!"

– Lois Vaah, BAH 2022

Location: 
Robert Sutherland Hall
Room number: 
449
Telephone: 
Department Head: 
Sailaja Krishnamurti
Program Director: 
Daniel McNeil
Program Assistant: 
Taylor Cenac

General in Black Studies 

The General degree in Black Studies is intended for students completing a three-year degree in Arts and Science. Students apply to the General plan after their first year in Arts and Science.

Minor in Black Studies

A minor is a less intensive course of study in the discipline that must be combined with a major in another discipline.

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A degree in Black Studies can take your career in many directions. Many students choose to continue their academic inquiry with a Master’s degree. Our students are equipped with a strong foundation for careers in:

  • Education
  • Advocacy Work and Activism
  • Environmental policy
  • Health policy
  • Human resources
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Public policy and public administration
  • Care work
  • Social change
  • Social justice
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Students apply to Queen’s Arts (QA) through the OUAC (Ontario Universities Application Centre) website (ouac.on.ca). ENG4U, plus five additional 4U/M courses. Applicants outside of Ontario may have additional requirements. Visit queensu.ca/admission for additional information regarding requirements and admission to Queen's.
OUAC Code:
QA (Kingston Campus)
QB (Concurrent Education, Kingston Campus)
QIA (The Castle)
QIB (Concurrent Education, The Castle)

See full admission requirements 

After first year, in May, students will declare their area of study (major, minor, specialization, e.g.). The thresholds are competitive year to year and do change. The thresholds for Black Studies are: open PENDING LIST or 1.9 Cumulative GPA for AUTOMATIC ACCEPTANCE.

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“Frequently, history erases the lived experiences of black people. For a long time, textbooks have neglected black experiences or delivered black history from a privileged white lens. As a result, Black Studies holds meaning to me because it allows me, as a black woman, to understand the intricacies of Black culture, as told from our unique vantage point. In addition, hiring Black professors such as Dr. McKittrick makes the information more authentic and valid.”

- Chidera Ekeanyawu, BAH 2021

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