Penn State to Offer Doctoral Program in African American Studies

Now African-American Studies aficionados have another academic option for pursuing graduate studies. Penn State is now offering a PhD program in African-American Studies, 20 years after the department was created.

Students will be able to enroll in a dual-degree program that couples African-American studies with English, history, or philosophy by the fall of 2014. Doctoral candidates will have the opportunity to conduct hands-on research on a variety of topics alongside faculty members.

Penn State joins 11 other schools in the U.S. that offer doctoral studies programs in African-American studies. This includes Northwestern, Yale, Michigan State, and Harvard.

Although some may argue that opportunities remain fickle in the post-doctoral world, Dr. Paul Taylor, head of Penn State’s African-American Studies program, is setting up leaders for the future.

“The first generation of African-American studies faculty across the United States will likely move to retirement in the near future,” Taylor told Onward State. “Our program will be well positioned to contribute to the development of the next generation of teachers and scholars across the country.”

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  • This is great. I remember someone told me that while in college you should at least one African American based course.

    • I went to FAMU and it’s mandatory that all students take a black history course.

  • K

    I would love to do this. This would actually be a degree I wanted and in something I love. that so is going to be taken in the wrong way but oh well.

  • Finally, news that is positive; I love this! Everyone should take at least one black studies course; it should be mandatory for K-12 & college level.

  • -A.

    This is great…but why is Bob Marley up there? lol