Students in this course will be introduced to major events, historical themes, people, places, and strategies in the African American Civil Rights Movement. As we explore Black Americans' long struggle for racial equality, we will pay particular attention to the events of the 1950s and early 1960s.
Students will have the opportunity to tour important historical sites related to movement history in Georgia and Alabama. Students will also have opportunities to visit museums that document civil rights history and listen to and talk with individuals who participated in the movement.
The nature of the experience is subject to change each year as the availability of people, places, and events are subject to both the BYU academic calendar and the schedules and circumstances of individuals, visitor centers, and organizations in Georgia/Alabama.
In the past, the seminar has featured the following highlights:
The Civil Rights Seminar is made possible by the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences, which covers the entire cost of participants' airfare, hotels, and transportation, as well as some meals. Students are responsible for the following remaining expenses, which will most likely include, but are not limited to:
Seminar administrators do not want financial concerns to be an impediment to participation. If a student is admitted and the information outlined above seems prohibitive, please contact the Seminar at
The seminar application will become available August 1. The application must be completed in its entirety by 11:59 p.m. on October 1. Applications submitted by the deadline and that demonstrate minimum eligibility will be reviewed for interview consideration. Applicants selected for interviews will meet with 2 or more Seminar faculty/administrators. The applicants who are ultimately selected for the Seminar will be determined by:
Final decisions for all applicants, regardless of interview status, will be communicated by November 15.
Although unique, the Civil Rights Seminar is not the only way to learn more about the Civil Rights movement and its impact and to better comprehend the history of race relations. Regardless of whether or not you have an opportunity to participate in the Seminar, you are encouraged to explore classes and other opportunities in
Multicultural Student Services, and
Sociology. Specific course offerings include, but are not limited to:
If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the Civil Rights seminar application or process, please send an email to:
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Civil Rights Seminar Application