Black Studies

Scholarly Study of Global African and African-American Communities

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Prepare for Transfer and Career Opportunities

Offering Afrocentric courses, critical race theory framework, insight into resistance movements and a focus on social justice, this program provides a strong foundation for transfer and future employment within local and global black communities. A capstone course may include a service-learning project or a study abroad option to an African location. Through studying texts and completing your own research, you will enhance your critical thinking, leadership and communication skills, all in-demand skills for any career area.

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Anthropologist – est. salary $67,480
Community and Social Service Manager 
– est. salary $69,920*
Community Health Worker – est. salary $40,231
Historians – est. salary $66,050
Postsecondary Educator  – est. salary $80,833
Public Relations Specialist – est. salary $60,030
Sociologist – $82,501

 

**EMSI Data, 2019; Philadelphia County, PA; a percentage of people in these jobs may have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Black Studies degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
FYE 101 - First Year Experience 3 credits Completing FYE 101 in the first 12 credits is recommended   
ENGL 101 - English Composition 3 credits ENGL 101 must be completed with a grade "C" or better  
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology 3 credits    
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra 3 credits Students should consult with an advisor to choose a mathematics course that meets the requirements of their transfer institution.  
BLAS 101 - Introduction to Black Studies 3 credits Prereq for BLAS 102  

In the first 24 credits, students should complete: ENGL 101, ENGL 102, CIS 103, one Mathematics
Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher ("C" average)

  • This program is designed to provide students with the option of entering the workforce or transferring to a bachelor's degree program after earning their associate's degree
  • Follow this course schedule each semester and you’ll earn your associate’s degree in two years
  • Make sure you discuss your first semester schedule and your educational plan with an advisor or counselor when you register.

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper 3 credits   ENGL 102, Info Literacy
ARAB 101 - Elementary Arabic or
FREN 101 - Introductory French or
SWAH 101 - Elementary Swahili or
SPAN 101 - Elementary Spanish
3 credits The Foreign Language 101 courses are prereqs for the Foreign Language 102 courses in semester 3.
The language cluster must match.
Humanities
 SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology 3 credits Prereq for SOC 233

Social Sciences, Writing Intensive, Interpretive Studies

ENGL 250 - African American Literature I or
ENGL 251 - African American Literature II
3 credits ENGL 250 is not a prerequisite for ENGL 251 Major Course
BLAS 102 - Global Black Theory and Social Change 3 credits Prereq for BLAS 290 Major Course

In the first 24 credits, students should complete: ENGL 101, ENGL 102, CIS 103, one Mathematics.
Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher (“C” average)

Semester 3

 

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
HIST 220 - African-American History to 1877 or
HIST 221 - African-American History after 1865
3 credits HIST 220 is not a prerequisite for HIST 221  Major Course
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking 3 credits    
LEAD 120 - Introduction to Conflict Resolution Theory and Practice or
ENGL 116 - Interpersonal Communication or
BHHS 103 - Human Development and Behavior in Social Environment
3 credits Other options are available with coordinator approval   
ARAB 102 - Elementary Arabic or
FREN 102 - Introductory French or
SWAH 102 - Elementary Swahili or
SPAN 102 - Elementary Spanish
3 credits  The Foreign Language 101 courses are prereqs for the Foreign Language 102 courses in semester 3.
The language cluster must match.
 
BIOL 106 - General Biology I or
CHEM 105 - Inquiry into Chemistry 
4 credits   Natural Sciences (Lab)

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher (“C” average) Meet with assigned Advisor to finalize last 15 creditsbased on transfer institution.

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
HUM 180 - Introduction to African Cultures and Civilizations 3 credits   Major Course
ENGL 256 - African Literature  3 credits   Major Course
BLAS 250 - Special Topics in Black Studies 3 credits Course topics will vary Major Course
SOC 233 - Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequalities  3 credits   Major Course
BLAS 290 - Black Studies Capstone Course: Community Engagement and Civic Leadership 3 credits Requires an additional 45-hour field experience commitment Major Course

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher ("C" average)

  • Congratulations, this is your final semester! Don’t forget to complete your graduation application.
  • Meet with an advisor when registering for your classes
  • Finalize your transfer plans:
  • Take advantage of our scholarship opportunities for transferring students and apply for a scholarship
  • Visit Career Connections to learn about internships and your future career possibilities

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

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