Louisiana Legislature approves Black history courses for TOPS qualification


    LSU students table for their African and African American studies program. The program received a promotion to department status on Jan. 15. (Photo courtesy of Stephen Finley)

    High school students will be allowed to take African-American history courses to complete their TOPS curriculum requirements if Gov. John Bel Edwards signs a bill that won unanimous support in the Louisiana House and Senate.

    Currently, high school students looking to complete the social studies requirement for TOPS must take two of either: Western Civilization, European History, or AP European History; World Geography, AP Human Geography, or IB Geography; World History, AP World History, or World History IB; History of Religion; IB Economics, Economics, AP Macroeconomics, or AP Microeconomics.

    Rep. Cedric Glover’s (D-Shreveport) HB 635 adds African American History to the list of courses students can take to complete the social studies requirement.

    After the Senate approved the legislation Sunday, the bill moves to the governor’s desk.