Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


Africana Studies (AFA)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 05.0201

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

Africana Studies is a liberal arts program offering a Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies, a Minor in Africana Studies and a Certificate in Africana Literatures. This program provides all students with the opportunity to study the history, culture and lived experiences of people of African descent--on the African continent and throughout the world. Students also study the influence of Africa and people of African descent on the world at-large. The Africana Studies curriculum also explores the social construction of race and racism and encourages the development of critical thinking skills while also challenging students to explore new ideas, seek new connections and become actively engaged in the global community.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students desiring to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the University's entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this program.

Total Major Hours: 36 Hours

Major Core Courses - 15 Hours

  • AFA 2000 Introduction to the Black Experience in Africa and its Diaspora
  • AFH 3100 African History to 1850
  • AFH 3200 African History since 1850
  • AMH 3571 African American History to 1865
  • AMH 3572 African American History since 1865

Major Elective Courses - 21 Hours

Students will take seven additional elective courses from the following list of courses:

Other electives may become available to students. Please see the undergraduate advisor or the Africana Studies Undergraduate Director for further information.

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

Additional Major Information

Major Advising

Pamela Anderson
Social Science Building (SOC) 389

Major Faculty

Chairperson: S. Tauber; Associate Professors: E. Kissi, C. Rodriguez, K. Simeon-Jones; Assistant Professors: O. Jolaosho, D. Ponton; Instructor: L. Lahey; Other Faculty: H.R. Kaplan, S. Moore,

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