Major Requirements

Black Studies B.A./B.S. Requirements

About the Major

Courses in the Department of Black Studies cover three primary areas – Africa, the United States, and the Caribbean. Courses include a focus on history, anthropology, culture, social status, gender, education, film, music, and more. Students are encouraged to select among the wide range of courses offered that will help prepare them for future career goals and or academic pursuits.

In addition to courses in Black Studies, students are also able to take elective courses in departments/programs outside the major in the School of Arts & Sciences to fulfill requirements for the major in Black Studies.

Students interested in the Black Studies major should seek advisement with the undergraduate advisor or department chair.


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About the University and Black Studies degree requirements

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.




BST 202: Introduction to Black Studies  (4 cr.)
BST 396: Research Methodologies in Black Studies (4 cr.)
BST 407: Seminar (4 cr.)
EITHER BST 410: African American History Seminar OR BST 450: Topics on African/Caribbean History and Culture (4 cr.)

Two (2) Lower-division Black Studies electives  (8 cr.)
Six (6) Upper-division electives in Black Studies (24 cr.)
Three (3) Upper-division non-Black Studies or advisor-approved courses (12 cr.)



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