Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Major in Africana Studies

  • B.A. Africana Studies (30 credit hours)
  • B.A. Africana Studies with Concentration in Health and Environmental Studies (30 credit hours)
  • Minor in Africana Studies (18 credit hours)

The bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies is an interdisciplinary major dedicated to the study of the experiences of Africa-descended populations worldwide, especially in Africa, North America, the Caribbean, South America, and Europe. Its comprehensive liberal arts curriculum emphasizes culture, history, social policy, health, entrepreneurship, social justice, and social responsibility. The curriculum prepares students for career in the private and public sectors, and offers critical liberal arts education for lifelong personal growth.

Our students are challenged to become critical thinkers who can connect their classroom scholarly activity to their everyday experiences. Writing intensive courses, collaborative projects, study abroad opportunities, internship, service learning, and research round out the educational experience of an Africana Studies major. We plan to launch the Africana Studies Honors program in August 2017.

Graduates from the Department of Africana Studies can be found in a variety of careers including banking, government, the arts, media, Not-for-Profit Organizations, social services, healthcare, business, legal services, multicultural services, and education, among others.

Undergraduate Program Information

Admission and Progression Requirements, and all Program Requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog. Please see the information below:




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Academic Plans of Study

Additional Resources for Students

If you need an Academic Advisor, please contact Dr. Debra Smith.

Below are some additional tools that may be of interest as you plan your course of study in the department.

Planning Worksheet for AFRS Major

Planning Worksheet for AFRS Major with concentration in health and environment

Planning WorKsheet for AFRS Minor

Download AFRS Assessment Curriculum Roadmap here.

Download AFRS Rubrics Form for Student Learning Outcomes here.

The Department is honored for its Effective Use of Assessment in Student Learning