Black World Studies deals with the integrity, continuity, and vitality of the international black experience. You'll learn different perspectives on the history and culture of Africa and its diasporas in Central, North, and South America as well as the Caribbean and elsewhere.

About the Major

OWU's Black World Studies Program is interdisciplinary in character, with its core curriculum involving educational approaches from political science, literature, sociology, anthropology, history, religion, art, psychology, and economics. You're encouraged to participate in fieldwork and internships, with study abroad opportunities available for you in Africa and the Caribbean.

We recognize how different areas of the black experience influence each other, so our program reflects that. Our courses show the connection between politics, the arts, geography, education, business, and other areas. With these classes, you will develop an awareness and appreciation of the social, political, and cultural diversity of the black world. You'll also be able to recognize, evaluate, and analyze the historic, artistic, scientific, and humanitarian contributions of Africans, individually and collectively, to the world.

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Graduate Outcomes

Maggie Argiro ’13

After studying Black World Studies and Sociology/Anthropology at OWU, Maggie earned her master's in Oral History from Columbia University. She was named the 2015 Ruth Weimer Mount Intern at Ohioana Library.


Program Contact Info


Slocum Hall 338
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3833

Program Contact

Director: Randolph Quaye
Professor of Black World Studies

Academic Assistant: Wendi Kay