Our contemporary world requires people to be global citizens. Regardless of your personal, professional and career goals, you will need to possess an understanding of the people, places and cultures within and beyond the United States. And more importantly, you will need to possess the ability to act positively and productively on this diverse world.
The Interdisciplinary Studies degree concentration in Africana Studies will teach you about the black experience in the Americas, Africa, and the many other places in the world where people of African descent reside. You will learn how to understand these issues from cross-cultural, international, transnational and multidisciplinary perspectives. You will examine how the intersection of race, gender, and class has affected human history and also provides a framework for your own personal and professional growth. In short, an interdisciplinary studies degree concentration in Africana Studies will teach you how to both THINK and DO in our ever-changing and increasingly diverse global society.
The Interdisciplinary Studies Degree concentration in Africana Studies provides students the tools to better understand the global context of the modern world and to learn the national and international dimensions of other chosen fields of study.
Students completing Africana Studies courses will:
- become knowledgeable of the major theories of the disciplines represented in Africana Studies.
- learn the principal themes and issues in the history of Black people.
- acquire an understanding of Black art, literature, music and performance.
- be able to identify the role of key thinkers, movements, and ideas relevant to the experience of African people.
- have the capacity to critically analyze the internal and external factors affecting the development of peoples throughout the African Diaspora.
- develop the skills necessary to act positively and productively in our increasingly diverse world.
During your time in Africana Studies you will take 18 credit hours in Africa or African Diaspora courses, as well as these required courses:
- AFS 240 — African Civilizations
- AFS 241 — Introduction to African-American Studies
- AFS 342 — Introduction to the African Diaspora
- AFS 440 — Senior Seminar in Africana Studies
Africana Studies offers you the opportunity to study the Black experience in Africa, the Americas, and throughout the African Diaspora. You will explore topics, issues and research from cross-cultural, international, transnational and multidisciplinary perspectives. Through the lens of the African experience, you will also examine the intersection of race (social), ethnicity (culture), gender and class (economic) as they impact the broad issues of human development. Africana Studies graduates will be prepared for further professional or graduate education in a diverse array of areas including all of the humanities and social sciences, law and education. Students who choose Africana Studies as one of two majors are additionally prepared to engage in careers where African descended people and communities are a key focus.
The program also offers a minor in Africana Studies, which allows students to build a good foundation in understanding the African Experience.
Brittany Copeland is a senior double majoring in Africana Studies and Psychology. She founded Jump In! (a local nonprofit), participated in Study Abroad in Ghana, and has been a research assistant in the Psychology Department. She is active on campus, and intends to continue her focus on psychology/counseling at the graduate level.
Total hours required
The B.A. in Africana Studies will require 120 total hours for the major concentration. All university and College of Humanities and Social Sciences requirements for graduation, e.g., foreign language, physical education, etc., must also be completed by students.
Students admitted into the Africana Studies program will be expected to maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.0.
Amount of Transfer Credit Accepted
Internal transfer applicants for the Africana Studies degree at NC State University must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 on their completed approved college level work. No more than 72 semester hours of approved college credit will be accepted.
- The Computer Literacy requirement will be met by completion of AFS 440 - Senior Seminar in Africana Studies.
- Two (2) of the six (6) restrictive elective courses within the major concentration (Africa and African Diaspora Options) must be at the 400-level. For the Community Studies Concentration one (1) of the four (4) elective courses must be at the 400-level.
- Restrictive elective courses within the major concentration must include one course (300-level or above) from at least two of the following disciplines: Anthropology, English, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work. This course requirement may be met by courses selected from the entire AFS curriculum list, regardless of the students selected Option.
Students majoring in the Africana Studies concentration will be required to meet the foreign language requirement within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Students will also be required to complete a major written paper as a research requirement within the capstone course: AFS 440, Senior Seminar in Africana Studies.
Those interested in Africana Studies should contact the Student Services Specialist, Bruce Cheek or the program director, Dr. Stephen Ferguson, for application procedures. For more information on Africana Studies Faculty click here.
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People with a background in Africana Studies go on to be successful in a myriad of professional areas, such as law, science and technology, government and politics, and the corporate world, or to earn advanced degrees in numerous fields.