Africana Studies: African American Studies, BA

Africana Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study devoted to the critical and systematic examination of the cultural, political, social, economic, and historical experiences of African Americans, Africans, and peoples of African descent around the world. Our course of study is designed to provide students with an integrated understanding and appreciation for a new global black studies. An undergraduate degree in Africana Studies prepares students for graduate work in the humanities, social sciences, and professional schools, as well as a range of careers in teaching, business, public service, and the arts, among others.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 32. Double majors may entail more course units.

African Language courses do not count toward the Major Requirements.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Core Requirements
AFRC 1001Introduction to Africana Studies1
AFRC 1002Introduction to Africa1
Category Requirements
Humanities Course
AFRC 2325August Wilson and Beyond1
Social Science Course
AFRC 1060Race and Ethnic Relations1
or AFRC 2430 Race, Science & Justice
or SOCI 1060 Race and Ethnic Relations
or SOCI 2430 Race, Science & Justice
Methodology Course
AFRC 2010Social Statistics1
or SOCI 2010 Social Statistics
Research Course 2
AFRC 3500American Slavery and the Law (or similar)1
Concentration 34
Elective 1
AFRC 3999Independent Study1
or AFRC 4990 Honors Course
Total Course Units32

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.


Select a Research Course at the 3000-4000 level.


Must include one history course.


A minimum GPA of 3.3 is required. Please consult with the Program Director for further details of requirements.

AFRC 4990Honors Course1

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2024 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.