Africana Studies: African Diaspora 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 001Introduction to Africana Studies1
AFRC 190Introduction to Africa1
Category Requirements
Humanities Course
AFRC 325Performance in the African Diaspora1
or AFRC 176 Afro-American History 1550-1876
or AFRC 177 Afro-American History 1876 to Present
Social Science Course
AFRC 006Race and Ethnic Relations1
or AFRC 307 Race, Science and Justice
or SOCI 006 Race and Ethnic Relations
or SOCI 307 Race, Science & Justice
Methodology Course
AFRC 120Social Statistics1
or SOCI 120 Social Statistics
Research Course 2
AFRC 322American Slavery and the Law (or similar)1
Concentration 34
Elective 1
AFRC 399Independent Study1
or AFRC 499 Honors Course
Total Course Units32


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

AFRC 499Honors Course1

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2021 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.