Five College Consortium

Research Black Studies

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2018
Subject Name: 
Black Studies
Course Number: 
300
Institution: 
Amherst College

[R] This seminar prepares students to conduct independent research. Although it concentrates on the field of Black Studies, it serves as a good introductory research course for all students in the humanities and social sciences regardless of major. The first part of the course will intensively introduce students to the library through a series of readings, exercises, and discussions aimed at sharpening the ability to locate information precisely and efficiently. The second part of the course will introduce research methods in three important areas of Black Studies: the arts, history, and the social sciences. Faculty members of the Black Studies Department, departmental affiliates, and visitors will join the class to present their own ongoing research, placing particular emphasis on the disciplinary methods and traditions of inquiry that guide their efforts. Also in the second part, through individual meetings with professors, students will begin developing their own research projects. The third part of the course will concentrate more fully on development of these projects through a classroom workshop. Here students will learn how to shape a topic into a research question, build a bibliography, annotate a bibliography, shape a thesis, develop an outline, and write a research proposal, or prospectus.


This class is required of Black Studies majors.  It is open to non-majors with the consent of the instructor. Although BLST 111 and 200 are not required for admission, preference will go to those who have taken one or both of these courses. 


Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Professor Cobham-Sander.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
BLST-300-01-1718S

Course Sections

Research Black Studies
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 C. Rhonda Cobham-Sander, Mary Hicks, Dominique Hill ccobhamsande@amherst.edu; mhicks@amherst.edu; dhill@amherst.edu T 01:00PM-04:00PM MERR 300A