Fall 2022

Research Black Studies

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-300


C. Rhonda Cobham-Sander (Section 01)
Cheikh A. Thiam (Section 01)


[R] This seminar prepares students to conduct independent research. Although it concentrates on the field of Black Studies, it serves as a good introductory research course for all students in the humanities and social sciences regardless of major. The first part of the course will intensively introduce students to the library through a series of readings, exercises, and discussions aimed at sharpening the ability to locate information precisely and efficiently. The second part of the course will introduce research methods in three important areas of Black Studies: the arts, history, and the social sciences. Faculty members of the Black Studies Department, departmental affiliates, and visitors will join the class to present their own ongoing research, placing particular emphasis on the disciplinary methods and traditions of inquiry that guide their efforts. Also in the second part, through individual meetings with professors, students will begin developing their own research projects. The third part of the course will concentrate more fully on development of these projects through a classroom workshop. Here students will learn how to shape a topic into a research question, build a bibliography, annotate a bibliography, shape a thesis, develop an outline, and write a research proposal, or prospectus.

This course is required of Black Studies majors. It is open to non-majors with the consent of the instructor. Although BLST 111 and 200 are not required for admission, preference will go to those who have taken one or both of these courses. 

Limited to 20 students. Fall semester. Professors Cobham-Sander and Thiam.

How to handle overenrollment: First priority to Black Studies majors; second priority to seniors, third priority to juniors; and fourth to sophomores

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: written work, independent research and oral presentations.

BLST 300 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM SCCE E208

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
The Black Revolution on Campus University of California Press, 2014 Biondi, Martha TBD
Religion in the Kitchen New York University Press, 2016 Perez, Elizabeth TBD
Fashioning Lives: Black Queers and the Politics of Literacy Southern Illinois University Press, 2017 Pritchard, Eric TBD
Interviewing as Qualitative Research: A Guide for Researchers in Education and the Social Sciences Teachers College Press, 2013 Seidman, Irving TBD


Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2022, Fall 2023, Fall 2024