Spelman College Celebrates First-of-Its-Kind Cosmetic Science Program Expansion

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Research shows that Black women spent more than $7.4 billion on cosmetics and personal care products in 2022. However, Black beauty brands comprise 2.5 percent of the market. Spelman College – an HBCU in Georgia – is working to change that trajectory by ensuring that beauty products are developed with people of color in mind.

The College is proud to announce the expansion of its STEM programming to include a concentration in cosmetic chemistry for those majoring in chemistry, and a minor in cosmetic science for those majoring in other areas. The program, scheduled to be offered in the fall, is the first of its kind at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU).

The goal of the cosmetic science program is to promote careers in the beauty industry, enhance the technical knowledge of students seeking to work in the beauty industry or pursue advanced studies in cosmetics, and ensure a gendered and racial perspective in product formulation and development.

The cosmetic science curriculum was initially conceived as an online certificate program and was launched in January 2023. Since its introduction, the program has grown from 150 to 750 applications for its fourth term, emphasizing student interest in the cosmetic sciences and a need for the expanded undergraduate program.

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