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Program: B.A., Africana Studies

African and African-American Social Sciences


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 I (below) plus the Core course requirements in Urban Studies and Planning. Consult an advisor for other possible combinations within the major.

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)

AFRS 100 Introduction to Black Studies and Culture (3)
AFRS 168 Introduction to the African Diaspora (3)
AFRS 201 Economics of the African-American Community I (3)
AFRS 220 Psychological Environment of the African-American (3)
or AFRS 221 Social Environment of the African-American (3)
AFRS 245 African-American Literature Since 1930 (3)
or AFRS 252 Popular Culture and the Black World (3)
AFRS 271 African-American History to 1865 (3)
AFRS 272 African-American History Since 1865 (3)

2. Required Courses for African and African-American Social Sciences (21 Units)

AFRS 301 Economics of the African-American Community II (3)
AFRS 320 African-American Personality Development (3)
or AFRS 322 African-American Family (3)
AFRS 350 Advanced Writing (3)
AFRS 361 African-American Politics (3)
AFRS 392A-Z Fieldwork in the African-American Community (3)
or AFRS 486SOC Social Science Career Internship (3)
AFRS 398 Research Methods and Paradigms in Pan African Studies (3)
AFRS 498 Proseminar in Pan African Studies (3)

3. Electives (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)

General Education (48 Units)

The AFRS Department offers courses in the GE pattern. Please consult with an undergraduate or departmental advisor before making decisions about these courses.

Languages (Optional)

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

Total Units in the Major (Core and Option Total): 45

General Education Units: 48

Additional Units: 27

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


Chair: David Horne
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; a knowledge of the broad cultural, political and historical contexts in which the African-American experience took place; and appropriate skills in research design and methodology used to examine the various interdisciplinary areas (e.g., political-historical; humanities; socio-psychological) of Africana Studies.