The Black World Studies minor at Columbia College Chicago is an interdisciplinary program aimed at fostering a deep understanding of the historical, artistic, cultural, and political experiences of Africans and the African Diaspora. Its purpose is to enhance student’s awareness of the relationship between people of African descent within a global framework. By examining crucial moments of black protest, students are exposed to a diversity of liberation struggles aimed at slavery, colonialism, and other forms of social, political, and economic marginalization. Through a critical examination of the social constructions of race, class, and ethnicity, students are enjoined to become more thoughtful agents of change. In exploring how power and knowledge are produced and challenged, Black World Studies empowers students to directly confront these complex issues as conscious global citizens.