What will I learn?

Portland State University's Black Studies major is an innovative program that incorporates courses from many departments and focuses on the historical and contemporary issues of people of African, African American, Afro-Latin@ and Caribbean descent. Students with a major in Black Studies will gain competency in project development, analysis, research, communication, cultural sensitivity, and interpersonal and community relations.

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.

Portland State University is the only institution of higher education in the Pacific Northwest that offers a degree in Black Studies. It is a unique degree with courses that cover Africa, African America, and the Caribbean (and includes South America and Europe).

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.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH A BACHELOR'S DEGREE, MINOR, OR CERTIFICATE IN BLACK STUDIES?

By exploring themes across multiple programs, students with a bachelor’s degree in Black Studies are prepared for graduate study and for work in careers in government, community service, education, non-profit agencies, museums, business, communications, and law enforcement and for making constructive contributions to our increasingly multi-ethnic society.

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.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (180 credit hours)

Tuition fees
$29,286.00 (21,72,552) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

5 March 2022, 1 August 2022

Start date

28 March 2022, 26 September 2022

Venue

Portland State University

1825 SW Broadway,

PORTLAND,

Oregon,

97201, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To enroll as a first year student, you must have completed secondary school or high school. Your education must be equivalent to United States secondary school or high school education. You must have a cumulative (overall) grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 when converted to the U.S. 4.0 grading scale

For international students

To enroll as a first year student, you must have completed secondary school or high school. Your education must be equivalent to United States secondary school or high school education.

You must have a cumulative (overall) grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 when converted to the U.S. 4.0 grading scale.

TOEFL IBT: minimum overall score of 71; minimum subscore of 15 in reading and writing

Academic IELTS 6.0 overall; minimum 6.0 in reading and writing

Academic PTE 53 overall

Application Deadline:

Spring/March 5; Fall/August 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Portland State University

PSU has been empowering students for 75 years and is known for its sustainability and commitment to social justice.

  • Based in the center of Portland, Oregon
  • One of the nation’s most innovative universities
  • More than 200 degree and certificate programs on offer
  • 20:1 student-to-faculty ratio