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.


Black Studies Prizes

Every year we award the Edward Jones Prize, named for the College’s first Black alumnus, and the Charles Hamilton Houston Prize, named for the civil rights lawyer and member of the Amherst Class of 1915 (pictured here).