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Black Studies

The Black Studies Program seeks to provide students with clear, precise, reliable, and accurate knowledge about the African-American community within the framework of a liberal arts education at a religious institution of higher learning.

The program fosters a strong grounding in the African-American community's contemporary state, history and traditions, unique culture, collective experience, and antecedent connection with Africa and African history.

To that end, teaching, analysis, and research within the program are directed toward the community's world view, core beliefs, structures of relationships, patterns of moral and ethical discourse, political thought and action, experience of and response to racism, cultural motifs, and historical foundations.

The Minor

A minor in black studies is available.

For a listing of course descriptions and degree requirements, please see the course catalog.


The Faculty

Anthony D. Affigne, Ph.D. (Political Science)
Matthew B. Dowling, Ph.D. (History)
Eric L. Hirsch, Ph.D. (Sociology)
Julia S. Jordan-Zachery, Ph.D., Director  (Political Science)


Location: Howley Hall 301
Phone: 401-865-2907
Fax: 401-865-1222‚Äč


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What does it mean to be a Catholic and Dominican college? We invite you to explore this question and the distinctive mission of Providence College.
About Providence College's Catholic and Dominican Identity