Black Canadian Studies
The Black Canadian Studies Certificate introduces the study of Black Canada through four specific humanities and fine arts approaches: cultural studies, history, literature, and music. In providing a core of courses that consider the humanities and fine arts aspects of black cultures in the Americas and their particular convergence in Canada, the certificate is unique both in Canada and across North America.
Department of Humanities
The Black Canadian Studies Certificate offers students a carefully focused curriculum with a clear set of choices and a clear path to completion that will allow them to build a sense of community and move through the certificate requirements as a cohort.
Students completing the Black Canadian Studies Certificate must, in compliance with Senate requirements for an undergraduate disciplinary certificate, complete a total of 24 credits, 18 of which must be at the 3000-level or higher. Students must also achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 4.00 or greater in the courses taken to satisfy the certificate requirements. At least 12 credits of the disciplinary courses that meet certificate requirements must be in addition to those used to satisfy requirements of the undergraduate major.
Students must complete 24 credits, including
- 15 credits in Humanties;
- 6 credits in History;
- 3 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level chosen from among the Black Canadian Studies placement course in the Department of Humanities or courses in English, Music, Multiculutural and Indigenous Studies, and Business and Society.
A required course at the first-year level (AP/HUMA 1300 9.00, Cultures of Resistance in the Americas) provides a broad and critical survey, acquainting students with the historical and cultural experiences of black peoples across the Americas. Students count six of these credits toward the certificate. Required courses at the focus levels offer students a more comprehensive understanding of specific aspects of black cultural production and black histories. These are taught from interdisciplinary humanities (AP/HUMA 3165 3.00, Griots to Emcees: Examining Culture, Performance and Spoken Word; AP/HUMA 3315 3.00, Black Literatures and Cultures in Canada; AP/HUMA 3318 3.00, Black Popular Culture) and historical perspectives (AP/HIST 3535 6.00, African Canadian History; AP/HIST 4830 6.00, In Slavery and Freedom: Blacks in the Americas). Optional courses at the focus levels allow students to concentrate on either the expressive arts (FA/MUSI 3406 3.00, History of Gospel Music; FA/MUSI 3510 3.00, African American Popular Music; AP/HUMA 3315 3.00, Black Women’s Writing; AP/EN 3410 3.00, Caribbean Literature) or a professional development component where they apply their knowledge of black cultures in Canada beyond an academic setting (AP/HUMA 4305 3.00, Black Canadian Studies Practicum; AP/MIST 4052 3.00, Race, Ethnicity and Social Policy—cross-listed to: AP/PPAS 4052 3.00); and AP/SOSC 3043. 3.0 Comparative Perspectives on Social Exclusion and Business).
Additional information is available, Professor Andrea Davis (Chair, Department of Humanities) 262 Vanier College, 416-736-5158.