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. Gain core knowledge in the histories and contemporary struggles of Black communities in Africa, Canada, the USA, the Caribbean, and other diasporic locations.
  2. Critically analyze blackness in relation to sexuality, gender, class, and other identity categories.
  3. Assemble critical tools and theoretical concepts, and develop interdisciplinary methodological skills, in the areas of Black Studies and cognate studies of race.
  4. Compose, critique, and critically engage materials that attend to equity, multiculturalism, diversity, intersectionality, and social accountability.
  5. Engage and learn from experiential learning models (theory- or activist-based practicums, internships, cultural production, and research assistantships).

“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

Mackintosh-Corry Hall
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Department Head: 
Susan Lord
Program Assistant: 
Taylor Cenac
Program Director: 
Katherine McKittrick

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.


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

Students apply to Queen’s Arts (QA) through the OUAC (Ontario Universities Application Centre) website ( ENG4U, plus five additional 4U/M courses. Applicants outside of Ontario may have additional requirements. Visit 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)

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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.

Information on plan selection 


“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