Black Studies

Black Studies at Amherst is an interdisciplinary exploration of the histories and cultures of Black peoples in Africa and around the world.

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.



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. 

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Digital Africas

Digital Africas

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.

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