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Minor Requirements

Requirements for Black Studies Minor

About the Minor

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.


To earn a minor in Black Studies, a student must complete 28 credits (at least 12 credits must be taken in residence at Portland State University). These courses must include eight lower-division credits, twelve upper division credits in Black Studies, and eight advisor approved credits chosen from upper-division courses related to Black Studies within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Getting involved in Black Studies

Students can receive the Department of Black Studies electronic newsletter by visiting the department website and signing up to receive the newsletter and other announcements, including jobs, the department’s Black Bag Speaker series, and other events sponsored or co-sponsored by the department.


Considering a change from a minor to the major?

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.

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



Two (2) courses selected from the following:

BST 202: Introduction to Black Studies  (4 CREDITS)
BST 203: African American History (4 CREDITS)
BST 206: Caribbean Studies (4 CREDITS)
BST 211: African Studies (4 CREDITS)


Five (5) additional upper-division courses in Black Studies or courses with topices related to Black Studies within the College of Arts & Sciences (20 CREDITS) 



Interested in taking a community-based learning (CBL) course, an internship or other specialized course in Black Studies? Contact us!

Please see our Course Descriptions page for information on current and upcoming course offerings.