While there was considerable discussion of a black studies program through the 1970s and a number of departments across campus joined the history department in offering courses focused on African American history and culture, an official interdisciplinary minor in Black Studies was not offered until 1982. Robert Miller, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, led the charge in the establishment of the minor. Students chose their classes from eleven existing social science, humanities, and music courses. Dr. Lee Bernick of the Department of Political Science was chosen as the first chairman of the Black Studies Program.
The course catalog from the 1982-1983 academic year described the objectives of the Black Studies Program:
- “To signify to the university community that teaching and learning about the history and experience of blacks in American society is an integral part of a university education.
- To enable all undergraduate students, white and black, to learn how blacks have exerted an indelible impact on the American society and to assist black students in learning more about their history and background.
- To add another humanistic dimension to the liberal arts undergraduate experience of students in this university.”
|UNCG African American Studies Program website|
The Program continues to provide UNCG’s “increasingly diverse student population with an opportunity to study the cultures, histories, and experiences of the African World--from Africa, to the Americas, the Caribbean, and the Indian Ocean.”