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Africana Studies - General Africana Studies

California State University, Dominguez Hills

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Africana Studies - General Africana Studies

The Department of Africana Studies in the College of Arts and Humanities offers a major and a minor in Africana Studies. Africana Studies is primarily a discipline which investigates the social, cultural, political and aesthetic dimensions of Africana peoples' experiences. These experiences range from earliest human civilizations through the tragic era of enslavement, colonization and involuntary dispersal through forced migration and displacement of African peoples. The intellectual framework that sets Africana Studies apart from other disciplines is that it explores the subject area from the perspective of Africana peoples' interests, aspirations, possibilities, and envisioned destinies. The foundation of the discipline rests on an understanding and appreciation of African peoples' worldview and philosophy of life as the starting point for all Africana intellectual inquiry. The BA degree and minor program offered by the department emphasizes an examination of the theoretical and empirical characteristics of the African world experience from both a contemporary and historical perspective.

The Department of Africana Studies participates in the University's M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Special Major) program. Interested candidates should contact the chair of Africana Studies or the Coordinator of the M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies program.

This concentration allows students to design their own concentration area. However, a student selecting the general Africana Studies concentration must have his or her program approved by the advisor and chair of Africana Studies. Related seminar may be chosen from other disciplines with the approval of the advisor and chair of Africana Studies.

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Admission requirements

First-time freshman:

  • High school GPA of 2.5 (“B” average) or higher
  • High school graduation certificate or exam results
  • Proof of English proficiency

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Program content

Major Requirements

  • Introduction to Comparative Ethnic and Global Societies
  • Intro to Africana Studies
  • African World Civilizations
  • History of African World People: 1450-1888
  • African World Peoples and Societies
  • Africana Literary Traditions
  • History of African World People: 1888-Present
  • Theories and Approaches in AFS
  • Research Methods in Africana Studies
  • Seminar in Africana Studies
  • Internship


  • Key Movements: African Literature and Culture
  • Key Movements: Harlem Renaissance
  • Black Movements of the Sixties
  • African Culture and Art
  • The African American Experience in the US
  • Afro Latinidad and the Caribbean
  • Cultural Plurlism: Ethnic and Global Society

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information


  • Tuition Fees: $6,945 (24 units/2 semesters)
  • Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition ($396/unit): $9,504 (24 units/2 semesters)


Recently nationally recognized employers gave advice to CSU students regarding the skills necessary to be successful in the workplace after graduation. Some of the skills that were highlighted were the type of qualities we reinforce in the Africana Studies Department:

  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Leadership Potential
  • Research Skills
  • Global, Multicultural, Multiethnic, Multilingual and International Skills

Career paths

The Department of Africana Studies provides undergraduate training for students interested in developing careers in teaching, academic research, international relations and community development. Often graduate work is required in certain job categories. However, persons with an Africana Studies background are employed in a wide range of careers such as counseling, social work, international consultant, foreign service , public relations , educational administration, media, management, urban planning, librarianship, law, and law enforcement.

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California State University, Dominguez Hills

1000 E Victoria St.
90747 Carson California
United States of America

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