HIST 150 African American History • 5 Cr.


Surveys the history of African Americans from the slave trade to present. Topics include African origins, construction of racial identity, slavery, emancipation, formation of post-emancipation communities, war and migration, the Harlem Renaissance, and civil rights activism. May be used as social science or humanities credit, not both, at BC.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Analyze and critically evaluate primary and secondary sources. 
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing. 
  • Analyze the social, economic, political, and cultural variables that have shaped African American communities in slavery and freedom. 
  • Evaluate factors that contributed to the construction of race and racial identity within the United States.