Penn State to Offer Doctoral in African American Studies - Higher Education: Come next fall, Pennsylvania State University will be the twelfth university in the nation to offer a doctoral degree in African American Studies.
The university is currently soliciting applications for its inaugural dual-degree program in Black studies, which will allow students to also earn a degree in another academic discipline such as history, philosophy or English.
Penn State officials say these dual-title doctoral degree programs will ultimately help to enhance the education of their doctoral students while broadening their prospects once they graduate and enter the competitive job market.
“We’ve built this dual-title program with our partners in the Department of History to leverage the significant faculty strengths in African-American scholarship that already exist in the College of the Liberal Arts,” says Dr. Paul Taylor, an associate professor of philosophy and the head of the African American Studies program. “This gives us a model for future collaborations with other departments such as English, philosophy and art education.”