Black Studies

The Minor

The Black Studies minor is an interdisciplinary, interdivisional minor based on an exploration of the American and global experience of Black people and of race as an historical category and construct.

The minor requires a minimum of 24 semester credit hours. At least two courses in the minor must be at the 300 level or higher and students must have at least a 2.0 GPA in the minor. The minor requires: Black Studies 100, “Introduction to Black Studies”; a course in Black literature; a course in African American history; a course in African/Diaspora history; and two approved electives.

 Professor Alyssa Ribeiro is the program coordinator and can be reached at 814-332-4319.

Self-designed majors/minors can be arranged with the coordinator.

“The Black Studies minor provided an opportunity to learn about African and African-American culture from multiple points of view. The courses exposed me to more than just history and literature, but philosophy and politics as well.”

—Dravon Sligh ’07