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Major Requirements

Requirements for Major (Catalog year 2007 & later)

In addition to meeting the general University degree requirements for completing a B.A. or B.S., candidates enrolled in the Black Studies major must meet the 60-credit minimum. Courses taken under the undifferentiated grading option (pass/no pass) are not acceptable toward fulfilling the major requirements in the area of specialization. At least 30 of the total 60 credits required for the major or 45 of the total credits presented for graduation must be taken in residence at Portland State University. A minimum 2.50 GPA is required in courses taken for the major.

Core Courses Credits

BST 202 Introduction to Black Studies .................4

Lower Division Black Studies courses .................12

Upper Division electives in Black Studies selected in consultation with major adviser and spread over the geographic and thematic specializations of Africa; African-American (USA),

Caribbean/Latin America.....................................32

Adviser approved non-Black Studies

Upper Division electives ......................................12

Total 60

*A maximum of 16 lower division credits in Black Studies may be applied to the major.

*Of the 32 upper division Black Studies electives a minimum of 4 credits must be taken from each of the three areas of specialization within the department: Africa, African-American (USA),

Caribbean/Latin America

*Of the upper division Black Studies electives a minimum of 24 credits must be taken under the graded option

*Upper division Black Studies courses may be substituted for some or all of the non-black studies electives requirement with Adviser approval

 

Elective Courses

(Adviser-approved credits in other disciplines. May also include upper-division Black Studies courses outside area of specialization)

 

Fr 435 Francophone Literature 20th Century (4)

Geog 363 Geography of Africa (4)

Mus 374 World Music (Africa) (4)

Soc 337 Minorities (4)

WS 330 Women of Color in the United States (4)

Intl 471 Understanding

International Experience (4)

Ling 471 Understanding

International Experience (4)

 

                             Sub-total 12

Total 60

 

Requirements for Major (Catalog years Fall 2003-Summer 2007)

In addition to meeting the general University degree requirements for completing a B.A. or B.S., candidates enrolled in the Black Studies major must meet the 60-credit minimum.

Courses taken under the undifferentiated grading option (pass/no pass) are not acceptable toward fulfilling the major requirements in the area of specialization. At least 30 of the total 60 credits required for the major or 45 of the total credits presented for graduation must be taken in residence at Portland State University. A minimum 2.50 GPA is required in courses taken for the major.

                                 Credits

Core Courses

BST 202 Introduction to Black Studies ..........................................................4

BST 396 Research Methods and Theory in Black Studies..................................4

BST 407 Senior Seminar..............................................................................4

BST 409 Practicum......................................................................................4

Specialization Areas

One of the following courses.........................................................................4

BST 203 Introduction to African American History (4)
BST 204 Introduction to African American History (4)
BST 206 Introduction to Caribbean Studies (4)
BST 211 Introduction to African Studies (4)

Foundation Courses

Three of four courses required.......................................................................12

BST 207 Introduction to Race, Class and Gender (4)
BST 214 Introduction to Contemporary Race and Ethnic Relation (4)
BST 221 Introduction to African American Literature (4)
BST 261 The African American Economic Experience (4)

Area of Specialization

Four courses from an area of specialization......................................................16

Group A: African

BST 305 African HIstory Before 1800's (4)
BST 306 African History Since 1800's- Present (4)
BST 319 Traditional Cultures of Africa (4)
BST 362 African Prehistory (4)
BST 406 African Studies Overseas Experience (4)
BST 413 Slavery (4)
BST 422 African Fiction (4)
BST 423 African Fiction (4)
BST 450 Topics in African/Caribbean History and Culture (4)
BST 467 African Development Issues (4)
BST 470 African Art (4)
BST 471 Understanding International Experience (4)   

Group B: African American

BST 302 African American Experience in the 20th Century (4)
BST 342 Black Feminism/Womanism (4)
BST 351 African American Literature (4)
BST 352 African American Literature (4)
BST 410 Psychological Development of African American Children (4)
BST 411 African American History Seminar (4)
BST 412 Oregon African American History (4)
BST 413 Slavery (4) 
BST 414 Racism (4)
BST 416 African American Urban Education Problems (4)
BST 417 The African American Family (4)
BST 419 African American Women in America (4)
BST 421 African American Writers (4)
BST 424 African American/African Culture in Cinema (4)
BST 425 Black Cinema: The 1970's (4)
BST 426 Contemporary African American Cinema (4)
BST 427 African American Film and Film Makers (4)
BST 430 African American Political Thought (4)
BST 464 Minority Business Perspectives (4)
BST 484 African American Community Development (4)

Group C: Caribbean

BST 406 Caribbean Overseas Experience (4)
BST 413 Slavery (4)
BST 420 Caribbean Literature (4)
BST 440 Caribbean Studies (4)
BST 450 Topics in African/Caribbean History and Culture (4)
BST 471 Understanding International Experience (4)

     Sub-total..............................48

Elective Courses

(Adviser-approved credits in other disciplines. May also include upper-division Black Studies courses outside area of specialization)

Fr 435 Francophone Literature 20th Century (4)
Geog 363 Geography of Africa (4)
SOC 337 Minorities (4) 
WS 330 Women of Color in the United States (4)
Intl 471 Understanding International Experience (4)
Ling 471 Understanding International Experience (4)

Sub-total.................................12
Overall Total.....................................60