Curriculums: Teaching Black Culture

One of the fastest-growing new academic specialties in U.S. universities is Negro culture. Whether prodded by militant black student groups, equally concerned white students or faculty conscience, the nation's colleges are rushing to add courses in Negro history, literature, anthropology, music and art. San Francisco State even has a course in "Black Psychology," while Colgate Rochester Divinity School this fall will begin a program of "Black Church Studies."

Negro culture as a discipline is so new that there are inevitable disagreements over precisely what should be taught and who should teach it. Some student groups insist that only a Negro can...