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BSc Black Studies

The Black Studies program from Portland State University seeks to expose students from all cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds to academic information that goes beyond what is found in traditional college curricula.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $29,706 per year
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

The Black Studies program from Portland State University 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.


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.


Courses Included

  • Black Studies
  • Research Methods in Black Studies
  • Seminar in African American History
  • Seminar in African/Caribbean Studies
  • African Women in Film
  • African American Literature
  • Black Feminism/Womanism
  • Race & Ethnicity in Latin America
  • Caribbean Studies