Major/Minor in BLS/LTS/LACS

This discipline is interdisciplinary and intersectional.  It explores the social, political, cultural, and economic history of Black and Latino peoples throughout the world from ancient to modern times.

Themes include community economic development, micro-enterprise and small business, nonprofit organizations, culture and identity, the development of community, social and public policy, migration processes, and media.

The department offers a range of interdisciplinary courses as well as several cross-listed in English, History, Communications, Modern Languages, Political Science, Sociology/Anthropology, Comparative Literature, and Fine  and Performing Arts.


Fall 2022 Electives

BLS 3002         Contemporary Black Literatures         Professor Eversley

BLS 3013         Mass Media and Black Americans      Professor Lewin

BLS 3015         Black Economic Development            Professor Lewin

BLS 3018         African Philosophy and Religion         Professor Carroll

BLS 3024         Women of Color                                 New Professor!

BLS 3835         Black Women Writers                         Professor Eversley

LTS/BLS 3085   Afrolatinidades New Course!              Professor Robles

LTS 3021.        US-Mexico Border.                             Professor Leon

LTS 3012         Latinas                                                 Professor Salois

LTS 3059         Contemporary Latinx Literature         Professor Robles


BLS/LTS 4900              Seminar in Black and Latino Studies   Professor Lewin

LACS/BLS/LTS 4901     Latin America and the Caribbean:  Cultures and Societies  Professor Quintero-Vera


For now, you can declare BLS as an ad hoc major.  We created this BLS Ad Hoc Sequence PDF of recommended courses that make the process much more simple.

You can complete this form to get started.

Questions?  Contact Professor Shelly Eversley

THE MINOR (is easy).

You can download and complete  this form for a minor in BLS  or LACS.

There are two minors in the department:  Black Studies/Latino Studies (BLS) and Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS).

The requirements to complete the liberal arts BLS minor can be fulfilled by completing any two courses in the department at the 3000-level or above with the BLS or LTS prefix (many of these are crosslisted with other departments).  You must also complete the capstone course BLS /LTS4900.

To complete the liberal arts minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, students must take one of the required capstone courses (LACS 4901 or LACS 4902), and two 3000-level or above LACS electives  offered by the participating departments: Black and Latino Studies, Communication Studies, English, Fine and Performing Arts, History, Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, Political Science, and Sociology and Anthropology. One Feit Seminar on Latin American and Caribbean cultures and societies may replace one of the courses toward the minor, with approval from the Program Director.

You can download and complete  this form for a minor in BLS  or LACS.