Our courses draw on literature, philosophy, history and many other disciplines to examine African, African-American and Caribbean/Latin American themes. We also study the social construction of racial differences and its relation to the perpetuation of racism and racial domination.
The Blues Muse: African American Music in American Culture
Using Amiri Baraka's influential 1963 book of music criticism, Blues People, as a central text, we will explore ways in which the "blues impulse" has been fundamental to conceptions of African-American identity.
Examine how African writers incorporate digital technologies into their work when they publish traditional print texts, experiment with digital formats, or use the internet.
Race, Sex, and Gender in the U.S. Military
Using a variety of texts and contexts, we will investigate how the U.S. military's production of new ideas about race and racialization, masculinity and femininity, and sexuality and citizenship.
It’s a subculture often dismissed with a punch line: Nigerian youth who email unsuspecting victims and convince them to send money in return for nonexistent goods or deals. This semester, 25 Amherst students looked beyond the punch line to the young perpetrators of the infamous scam.Read more
Black Studies Prizes
We offer the Edward Jones Prize, named for the College’s first Black alumnus, and the Charles Hamilton Houston Prize, named for civil rights lawyer and member of the Amherst Class of 1915.