Undergraduate Program Black Studies Request Info Advising Careers Tuition Transfer Guide Apply Now Degree Details Bachelor of Arts (BA) Total Credits 180 Start Term Any Delivery Method On campus Degree Planner (BA) Bachelor of Science (BS) Total Credits 180 Start Term Any Delivery Method On campus Degree Planner (BS) Minor (m) Total Credits 28 Start Term Any Delivery Method On campus Certificate (C) Total Credits 36 Start Term Any Delivery Method On campus Learn more about our academic program delivery methods School/College College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Department Black Studies Black Studies Bachelor's Degree, Minor and Certificate Overview The minor in Black Studies at PSU offers students opportunities to build a unique program of study drawing from courses on the African diaspora. Students who opt for the minor find that it complements their major, particularly those majoring in social science, liberal studies, sociology, psychology, and history. Students majoring in child, youth and family studies and criminology and criminal justice may also find the minor degree useful for their future academic or career goals. If you are seeking a second bachelor’s degree or pursuing a graduate program, but are not yet enrolled in one, you may complete a post-baccalaureate certificate in Black Studies. If you are not yet admitted to a graduate program you may take courses at the graduate or undergraduate level. If you are interested in the postbaccalaureate certificate in the Black Studies program, contact the department for assistance with course selection. We offer a foundation in the following areas: Dynamics and intersections of race, class, and gender Historical events, narratives, and their impacts Cultural experiences, identities, and traditions Research methods Representations in literature, art, film, and media Socio-political ideologies, and forms of resistance and social justice Black Studies’ distinguished faculty consists of a diverse group of scholars from various disciplines whose fields of specialization cover African, Caribbean and African American issues, as well as the broader African diaspora, such as Europe. Courses in Black Studies include historical and contemporary perspectives drawing upon scholarly research, films, community-based learning, and guest speakers. The recently revised course offerings also provide students the ability to work on a final research project under the advisement of a department faculty member, engage in individualized internship opportunities, and participate in faculty-led study abroad programs. Black Studies Bachelor's Degree, Minor or Certificate: Why PSU? Black Studies seeks to expose students from all cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds to academic information that goes beyond what is found in traditional college curricula. The department offers a Black Bag Speaker Series that has been ongoing since 2006 and brings in a variety of speakers to inform and enlighten students and the community-at-large. At PSU, students have the opportunity to study the politics, culture, and history of Africans in Africa, the United States Caribbean, and Europe and engage deeply in student groups dedicated to celebrating these populations. Association of African Students (AAS) at PSU: A student group formed in the mid-seventies by African students. Since its formation, AAS has worked to bring Africans living in the diaspora together with the larger PSU community. Black Student Union PSU (BSU): The BSU serves as a social, intellectual, and political community for students of the African diaspora through education, organizing, and action. Pan-African Commons: A community space that reclaims African, Black American, Caribbean, Central/South American, and black identities across the world. Programming and identity development aims to preserve ancestry and indigenous solidarity among Afro-descent cultures. What Can I Do With a Bachelor's Degree, Minor, or Certificate in Black Studies? Students in Black Studies are encouraged to become members of professional associations like the National Council of Black Studies and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, that provide opportunities to meet with faculty and students, present at conferences, and learn about research, scholarship and funding opportunities.