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Program: B.A., Africana Studies

African-American Urban Education

Program Description

The Africana Studies (AFRS) major is a multidisciplinary academic major (45 units) designed for students who wish to gain an understanding of the history, psychology, sociology, literature, culture and education of African-Americans and other Africans in the diaspora and the continent. The three specific options within the major enable students to concentrate their efforts on certain aspects of this broad subject. These options are intended to enhance students’ preparation for both graduate school and employment. By carefully selecting Title 5 and General Education courses in consultation with a AFRS advisor, students majoring in AFRS also have the opportunity to complete a second major. For example, a double major in AFRS and Urban Studies and Planning can be completed with the selection of Option III (below) plus the core course requirements in Urban Studies and Planning. Consult an advisor for other possible combinations within the major.

Credential Information

Africana Studies majors interested in teaching social studies at the middle school or high school level may combine their major program with the Single Subject Social Science Subject Matter Program in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) to meet requirements for entering a Single Subject Credential program. View Social Science Subject Matter Program for Secondary School Teachers (.pdf) for more information. See also the disclosure statement regarding Programs Leading to Licensure and Credentialing.

Program Requirements

The Africana Studies major consists of two components: the completion of the core requirements (21 units) and the completion of one of three specific options (24 units). For each of the options, there are specific lower and upper division core courses and electives that are relevant to that concentration. All students who major in Africana Studies must select one of the three options, each of which is designed to prepare students for graduate study or for a career of their choice.

1. Core Requirements for All Options (21 units)

2. Required Courses for African-American Urban Education (18 units)

3. Electives (6 units)

Select two courses from the following:

AFRS 300 Contemporary Issues in the African-American Community (3)
AFRS 324 The Black Woman in Contemporary Times (3)
AFRS 325 The Black Man in Contemporary Times (3)
AFRS 395 Bilingualism in the African-American Community (3)
AFRS 488 Sustainability and Environmental Justice in the African and African Diaspora Communities (3)

4. Languages (Optional)

All students majoring in Africana Studies are encouraged to take foreign languages (French, Portuguese, Spanish or Swahili recommended).

5. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog. The AFRS Department offers courses in the GE pattern. Please consult with an undergraduate or departmental advisor before making decisions about these courses.

Total Units in the Major/Option: 45

General Education Units: 48

Additional Units: 27

Total Units Required for the B.A. Degree: 120


Department of Africana Studies
Chair: Theresa R. White
Santa Susana Hall (SN) 221
(818) 677-3311

Student Learning Outcomes

The interdisciplinary degree program in Africana Studies enables the graduate to gain an understanding of the political-social-historical cultural perspectives of the African-American and African experience. Students also will learn key concepts and fundamental literature; gain a knowledge of the broad cultural, political and historical contexts in which the African-American experience took place; and learn appropriate skills in research design and methodology used to examine the various interdisciplinary areas (e.g., political-historical, humanities, sociopsychological) of Africana Studies.