Today’s employers seek highly educated graduates who understand racial diversity and cultural pluralism. This major will provide you with a deep appreciation for the diversity of human experience, and prepare you for success in a multiethnic workforce and world.

A multicultural education for a multicultural society

In small classes, you’ll work side by side with talented faculty with a deep understanding of the black experience globally. You’ll study the experiences of peoples of African descent from the historical, cultural, political and socioeconomic perspectives, and examine the relationships between Africans on the continent and those in the diaspora. Your courses will draw on multiple disciplines, including social sciences, natural sciences, fine arts, education and the humanities. Our curriculum is designed to prepare you for lifelong intellectual and professional competence in a diverse society.

More ways to learn—on campus and beyond

Practical experience is built into the curriculum. Through our outstanding study abroad programs, you can visit Ghana to explore the history and culture of one of the oldest empires of Western Sudan, or spend a semester learning at a distinguished university in South Africa. Our internships draw on Chicago’s vast cultural, corporate and governmental resources. We make our connections your connections, so you can test-drive your dream job in the real world. You can combine academic study with compassionate service to people in need, in the Chicago area or around the world. You even can complete your own, hands-on research projects in close collaboration with faculty.

Khay-leen Wright

Black World Studies and English Graduate

“I received a scholarship and was the first person in my family to earn a college degree. The opportunities at Dominican were amazing, on campus and beyond. Now my goal is to become a book editor.”

Show your stuff

If you’re interested in developing an original research or creative project, you can apply for special funding from the university, awarded on a competitive basis. You’ll enjoy faculty guidance and support throughout the process and even get a chance to present your work at a campus expo in April. It’s all part of URSCI—the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Investigations Program—a distinctly Dominican initiative. URSCI also funds student travel to academic and professional conferences across the United States. Eligible students can travel to the annual conference of the National Council for Black Studies.

Prepare for success in a remarkable range of careers

A survey of U.S. employers by Hart Research Associates found that 93% of bosses say that “a job candidate’s demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly and solve complex problems” is the most important factor in hiring decisions. That is the essential skill set of our graduates. Our interdisciplinary approach and multicultural focus prepare you particularly well for the wide range of occupations that depend on an understanding of the value of human diversity. Our graduates go on to rewarding careers in international relations, civil rights law, corporate management, teaching, social work, public service and many other rewarding fields. They have earned their way into leadership positions in the professions of their choice.

Mylisha Harvey

Black World Studies and Sociology Student

“I’ve built an incredible community at Dominican and have had great experiences. I’ll never forget the spring break I spent on a service-learning trip to New Orleans, building homes for people still affected by Hurricane Katrina. After graduation, I plan to work as a counselor to foster children.”

Elders Council

The Elders Council is an advisory board for the Black World Studies major. Their goal is to showcase the rich and diverse culture of people of African descent, and to broaden the educational experience of the students, community, and adjoining communities. Their mission is to seek, identify, and advise in the creation of programs and activities that enhance the Black World Studies experience at Dominican.

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