Patti McGill Peterson Center for International and Intercultural Studies
Fisk University Introduction
Fisk University is an Historically Black University
(HBU) with deep and rich traditions
Located in Nashville, Tennessee
Spring semester only
Exchange program: Fisk students attend SLU in the
fall; SLU attend Fisk in the spring
Courses in all disciplines at Fisk are open to SLU
Emphasis on African-American culture and history
Live in dorms
Fisk University started out as the Fisk School in
former Union army barracks in 1866 - two years after the Emancipation
Proclamation. It became Fisk University on August 22, 1967. Its founders hoped
it would be an educational institution that would be open to all, regardless of
race, and that would measure itself by "the highest standards, not of
Negro education, but of American education at its best."
From its earliest days, Fisk has played a leadership role in the
education of African Americans. Fisk faculty and alumni have been among
America's intellectual, artistic and civic leaders in every generation since
the University's beginning. Among its alumni are W.E.B Du Bois (class of 1888),
social critic and cofounder of the NAACP; John W. Work, Sr., John W. Work Jr.
and John W. Work III, acclaimed composer-musicologists; Thurgood Marshall,
Supreme Court Justice; John Hope Franklin, eminent historian; and Nikki
More African-American alumni of Fisk go on to get their PhDs than
any institution, black or white, in the United States.
SLU - Fisk Exchange
Since 1995, St. Lawrence University has offered students the opportunity to
study at Fisk University during the spring semester. The agreement between Fisk
and St. Lawrence University is reciprocal; Fisk students spend fall semester on
the St. Lawrence University campus.