As a Black music and culture major, you will engage with and contextualize the historical, social, artistic, and cultural contributions of the global African diaspora at the intersection of arts and culture—namely music, dance, and theater.
This major will launch in fall 2024; students will be able to declare it starting in spring 2024.
The African continent is the source of human civilization and its diaspora serves a major source for popular music and culture around the world, emanating especially from the Caribbean, South and Central America, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The Black music and culture major analyzes how the brilliance, resilience, and hope of Black creative expression has influenced music and culture across the globe. Students engage with and contextualize the historical, social, artistic, and cultural contributions of the global African diaspora at the intersection of arts and culture, namely music, dance, and theater.
The Black music and culture major educates, mentors, and transforms students into cultural leaders, socially responsible researchers—scholars, and artists who create innovative and inclusive modes of expression. Students in this major emerge as well trained musicians in the Berklee tradition and well-rounded individuals who are able to engage in music and culture through the lens of the African diaspora. Graduates go on to work as cultural tradition bearers, professional musicians, educators, arts and cultural nonprofit leaders, cultural curators, and scholars.
What Will I Learn?
Upon completion of this major, students will:
- investigate, synthesize, and generate new understandings and applications of the global African diaspora’s impact on, and shaping of, music, dance, theater, and other art forms;
- create new music through the lens of the global African diaspora;
- examine and evaluate a variety of artistic traditions in relation to the African diaspora; and
- critique the historic, social, and cultural contexts of the African diaspora, as well as the role of community, race, ethnicity, and gender.
There are no entrance requirements to declare this major.
Curriculum and Courses
There are 38 required credits specific to this major in addition to the B.M. required core music courses (41 credits), liberal arts courses (40 credits), and general electives (1 credit) for a degree total of 120 credits. Please note that program curriculum is subject to change.
Africana Studies Core:
- AFST-111 Black Creative Expression: Introduction to Africana Studies (3 credits)
- AFST-305 African Diasporic Music, History and Culture: Diasporic Connections and Considerations (3 credits)
- AFST-xxx Race and Politics Elective* (3 credits)
- AFST-xxx Humanities Elective** (3 credits)
- AFST-xxx History Elective*** (3 credits)
- AFST-xxx Social Science Elective**** (3 credits)
- PM-340 The Artist Entrepreneur (3 credits)
- MB-211 Legal Aspects of the Music Industry (3 credits)
- AFST-401/AFST-402 Africana Studies Research Seminar Capstone OR Take Me To the River Seminar Capstone (Research/Arts-Based Course) (3 credits)
- AFST-420 Spirituals and Black Folk Traditions (3 credits)
- AFST-421 Gospel Music 1: Art, Industry and Culture (3 credits)
- AFST-422 Gospel Music 2: Art, Industry and Culture (3 credits)
- ENRT-405 Reverence Gospel Ensemble (1 credit)
- ILPN-211 Introduction to Gospel Music Styles (1 credit)
- ENRT-220 Spirituals (1 credit)
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