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Black Studies

Youngstown State University

Black Studies is an interdisciplinary course of study intended to provide students with an understanding of the historical, social and cultural impact of people of African descent. Black Studies also provides a broad perspective on problems confronting th e modern multiracial world, and serves as training for the search for solutions to these problems.

The Black Studies Program at YSU offers a major in Black Studies leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Also available is a minor in Black Studies that complements majors in related areas, such as economics, education, English, history, philosophy, polit ical science, religious studies, and sociology.

Career Opportunities

Both the major and minor in Black Studies can lead to a variety of opportunities for employment and advanced study. Black Studies can serve as valuable pre-professional training for careers in such fields as teacher education, business, law, and social wo rk.

Black Studies graduates work in community health services, at community action councils all over the country, as minority affairs representatives in business and industry, in both labor and management relations, and in minority affairs agencies of local, state, and federal government. Most broadcast and print media require trained personnel for minority affairs departments.

The College of Arts and Sciences

Within Youngstown State University, the College of Arts and Sciences helps students develop their skills of observations, analysis and rational decision-making. It helps them understand the ways these skills contribute to knowledge and progress in a civil ized society.

Students are introduced to a wide range of studies and given intensive training in their area of specialization. This training provides a basis for competence in a career and the ability to function in many other areas as well.

There are 16 departments within the College of Arts and Sciences and over 40 majors are offered leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degrees. In cooperation with the School of Education, many of the majors can also apply to the Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S. in Ed.) degree. The college offers graduate-level programs leading to the Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in six departments.

Students who have decided on their major course of study can enter directly into that specific program. Students who have not committed to a specific area can and should register in the college as "undetermined" majors and take general courses which satis fy requirements common to most curricula.


Youngstown State University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, an accreditation that includes all undergraduate and graduate programs.


Students working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Black Studies are required to take the following courses:
Introduction to Black Studies I, II
Colloquium I, II
African Civilization
In addition, students choose from among the following social studies courses:
Perspectives on America
African Cultures
Educational Sociology Seminar
Inner-City Educational Workshop
The Black Experience in American History
Select Problems in American History
History of Africa/USA Relations
History of Modern South Africa in the Sahara
Select Problems in Third World History
Minority Group Politics
The Minority Individual
The Black Family
The Black Community
Minority Groups
Students also choose from among the following humanities courses:
African Art
African-American Art
Introduction to African Literature
Selected Studies in Literature and Language
The Black Experience in American Literature
Survey of Jazz
The Black Church in America
In addition, students fulfill requirements in English, health and physical education, mathematics, science and foreign language.

Individualized Curriculum Program

Students seeking more specialization in a learning program may investigate and apply for the Individualized Curriculum Program.

This program enables interested students to design the course of study best suited to their particular background and career goals and thereby to create alternative pathways to currently offered degrees.


Youngstown State University maintains a faculty-student ratio of approximately 1:20, among the lowest of state-affiliated universities in Ohio.

Qualified faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Fine and Performing Arts teach Black Studies courses. They are also available for academic and career counseling and to provide information about financial aid and minority student ser vices.

Outside the Classroom

Black History Month, which takes place annually in February, is coordinated by the Black Studies Program. Black scholars, business people, entertainers and other notables come to campus to participate in a series of events that are open to the University and local communities.

Black Studies majors have a unique opportunity to meet and host these outstanding men and women and to learn about their experiences in business, literature, entertainment, politics and life.

High School Preparation

4 units English
1 unit Algebra I
1 unit Plane Geometry
1 unit Algebra II
1 unit lab science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Earth Science)
1 unit any other science
1 unit U.S. History
1\2 unit U.S. Government
1\2 unit any other social science
1 unit any additional science or social science
1 unit fine or performing arts
2 units of one foreign language

These requirements are for students who have graduated from high school after September 1985. Students who pursue an associate degree and later pursue a bachelor's degree must meet bachelor's degree requirements. In addition, it is recommended that studen ts take any Black Studies course (such as Black American History) that may be offered in high school.

University Admission Requirements

ACT or SAT scores are necessary if the applicant has been out of high school for less than two years or if required for admission into restricted programs. Ohio residents must have graduated from high school with a state-approved diploma effective with the June, 1994 graduating class, or passed the test of General Education Development (GED). Non-residents must have graduated in the upper two-thirds of their high school class; or have an ACT composite score of at least 17; or have a combin ed SAT total score of at least 700; or have passed the test of General Education Development.

Transfer Admission- Ohio residents must be in good standing at the last institution attended with an overall accumulated point average of 2.0 or higher (on a 4.0 system). Those with less than the required average may be considered for admission und er probationary conditions. Non-residents must be in good standing at the last institution attended with an overall accumulated point average of 2.0 or higher (on a 4.0 system).

Scholarships and Financial Aid

All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid.

Scholarships, grants-in-aid, loans and part-time employment are awarded on the basis of need and academic promise.

The Scholarships and Financial Aid Office at Youngstown State University is located in Room 2013 on the second floor of Jones Hall, Wick and Lincoln avenues. Prospective students who have questions may call 330/742-3505 or stop in the office. Ample parkin g is available across the street in the Wick Avenue parking deck.

Campus Visits

Youngstown State University welcomes and strongly encourages prospective students and their guests to visit the campus, tour the facilities and meet with a member of the New Student Relations staff.

Guided tours of the campus originate from the New Student Relations Office, Monday through Friday by appointment. An interview with a New Student Relations coordinator may be scheduled for before or after the tour. Arrangements may be made by phoning 330/742-2000.

New Student Relations Office

The New Student Relations Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. During fall, winter and spring quarters, the office is also open on Saturdays by appointment.

For further information about the program in Black Studies contact the department at 330/742-3097. To obtain an Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid Application, please call 330/742-2000, (800) 336-9YSU, or stop in at Dana Hall, on the corner of Spring and Bryson streets on the YSU campus. Parking is available across the street in the M-8 visitor's lot where you should identify yourself as a visitor to New Student Relations in order to waive the parking fee. Information may also be obtained b y writing to New Student Relations, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio 44555-2000.

Our TDD number for the deaf is 330/742-1564.

Youngstown State University is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or identity as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era.
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