Program: Africana Studies, B.A.

African and African-American Social Sciences Option

Program Description

The Africana Studies (AFRS) major is a multidisciplinary academic major (45 units) designed for students who want 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 General Education courses in consultation with an 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 I (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 and African-American Social Sciences (21 units)

3. Elective (3 units)

Select one course from the following:

AFRS 161 American Political Institutions: A Black Perspective (3)
AFRS 165 Introduction to Pan Africanism (3)
AFRS 311 Black Psychology (3)
AFRS 367 African-American Social Movements (3)
AFRS 466A The United Nations, the Organization of African Unity, and Africa (3)
AFRS 466B Model Organization of African Unity Practicum (3)
AFRS 488 Sustainability and Environmental Justice in African and African Diaspora Communities (3)
AFRS 490 Statistical Research and Methods in Pan African Studies (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, including 3 units of coursework meeting the Ethnic Studies (ES) graduation requirement.

15 units are satisfied by the following courses in the major: AFRS 271 satisfies C3 American History, Institutions and Ideals; AFRS 201 and AFRS 361 satisfy D1 Social Sciences; AFRS 100 and AFRS 320 or AFRS 322 satisfy F Comparative Cultural Studies.

If taken, AFRS 245 satisfies C2 Humanities; and AFRS 161 satisfies D3/D4 Constitution of the United States/State and Local Government.

Total Units in the Major/Option: 45

General Education Units: 33

Additional Units: 42

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


Department of Africana Studies
Chair: Marquita Gammage
Santa Susana Hall (SN) 324
(818) 677-3311

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to evaluate and analyze the political, social-historical and cultural perspectives of African and African Diaspora communities.
  2. Demonstrate through written and oral communication the ability to critically analyze the cultural, political and historical contexts of African and African Diaspora experiences.
  3. Demonstrate culturally appropriate skills in research design and methodology used to examine the various dynamics of African and African Diaspora communities.
  4. Demonstrate applicable knowledge of requisite skills in Africana Studies through civic and community engagement.
  5. Demonstrate cultural competencies in the development of creative writing, the production of creative works, and/or critical analysis of work by African and Diaspora communities.