In honor of Toni Morrison (1931-2019), our nation's first Black Noble Laureate in Literature. “My work requires me to think about how free I can be as an African-American woman writer in my genderized, sexualized, wholly racialized world” (Morrison, 1992).

The Department of Black Studies welcomes Dr. Jaime Alves!

The Department of Black Studies welcomes Dr. Terrance Wooten!

Professors Mingo, Banks, and Akudinobi attend the Class of 2019 Social Sciencs II Gradution Ceremony, College of Letters and Science

Class of 2019 Social Sciencs II Gradution Ceremony, College of Letters and Science

Dean Hale and Professors Mingo, Banks, and Akudinobi attemd the Class of 2019 Social Sciences II Graduation Ceremony, College of Letters and Science

Black Studies professor Jeffrey Stewart has won many accolades for his book The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke 

including the Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the National Book Award!

The Department of Black Studies is located on the third floor of South Hall, room 3631.

Black Studies Majors and Minors can choose to specialize in Cultural Studies, Social Justice Studies, or Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Black Studies at UCSB is rooted in student activism,

as student protests in 1968 led then Chancellor Vernon Cheadle to create the Department of Black Studies.

The Department of Black Studies is rooted in a history of the Black Radical Tradition

and we are building a future in studies of Race and Place, and Gender and Sexuality.

All Black Studies majors complete a senior thesis and students have the opportunity to graduate with Honors in Black Studies.

Class of 2019 Black Studies graduate, Sharon Perez, finds laughter in Dr. Wooten and Dr. Banks getting their dance moves on duing our departmental graduation awards ceremony. 

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Please join us for lunch to welcome new and returning students!