This course is designed as a multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary survey course to provide students with an historical overview and examination of the Black Christian Tradition (also known, more commonly, as the Black Church Tradition). The students will be challenged to analyze the legacy, traditions, and social witness of the Black Church, historically and in contemporary contexts. The multidisciplinary character of the course will include an overview of the history of the Black Church, Sociology of Black Religion, Ethics, Black Theology, Spirituality, Christian Education, Practical Theology/Pastoral Care, Sacred Worship, Homiletics, and Black Biblical Hermeneutics. This introductory course brings together the theoretical and the methodological approaches of study of the Black Church in order to understand the nature and development of the Black Church, its prophetic witness, resistance, ministry and approaches to addressing complex issues in the community.