Be equipped and informed to thoughtfully engage the realities of the Black experience. Through the Black studies minor, you will learn what it means both historically and now to be Black in America and will be encouraged to address the role of individuals in ensuring a more equitable reality for all people. Drawing from a wide range of majors, this interdisciplinary minor will help you develop intercultural competence and build a strong foundation in understanding the experiences of African Americans in the modern era through the lenses of history, literature, music, theology and sociology.
Why study the Black experience at Gordon?
Understanding the concepts of race and ethnicity helps us build mastery of intercultural competence and equips us to thoughtfully engage with the national conversations of our day. Through the Black studies minor, students will learn what it means both historically and now to be Black in America and will be encouraged to address the role of individuals and institutions in ensuring a more equitable reality for all people. Drawing from a wide range of majors, this interdisciplinary minor will help students develop intercultural competence and build a strong foundation in understanding the experiences of African Americans in the modern era through the lenses of history, literature, music, theology and sociology.
What careers can I pursue with a minor in Black studies?
The Black studies minor equips students with intercultural competency, which can be helpful in any career context, including the following:
- Cultural resources manager
- Civil services worker
- Social worker
Communication and Media
- Media relations specialist
- High school teacher
- University administration
- Youth associate pastor
- Community outreach ministry
Government / Politics
- Foreign service specialist
- Political analyst
- Public administration
- State and local government
- Civil service work
- Community urban planning
- Public affairs and policy
- Medical assistant
- Nursing assistant
- Licensed practical nurse
- Registered nurse
- Pharmacy technician
Extend your learning beyond the classroom by joining an on-campus club or organization, including:
- Multicultural Initiatives Office (MIO): MIO exists to care holistically for Gordon’s diverse, multicultural student body. Partnering with the larger Gordon community, we provide academic, emotional and spiritual support to students of color through programs, events, community-building activities and mentoring by staff and faculty.
- ALANA: A student-led organization that provides spiritual, personal, academic, cultural and social support to students of color; ultimately striving for equality of the full “mosaic” of God’s creation.
- A.F.R.O Hamwe: A student-led club that connects the community of people of African descent (African, African American, Caribbean, Afro-Latino, Black, etc.) in hopes of growing and educating each other on a variety of social, political, historical and religious topics.
- International Student Organization (ISO): ISO is a community that cares for the spiritual, practical and emotional needs of Gordon’s international students by creating opportunities for fellowship and intentional relationship building. Through different monthly events, ISO also celebrates different cultures and enhances appreciation for them within the College community.
- La Raza: A student-led club whose mission is to unify the LatinX voice on campus and to have a place of inclusion and safeness with Christian principles.
- Asian Students in America (ASIA): A student-led club that serves to promote awareness of Asian heritage at Gordon. The club's goal is to experience, examine and increase awareness of the Asian identity by hosting social, educational, cultural and community service events.