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Africana Studies BA

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Prepare for a Career Relevant to the Development of the African World Community

As a student of the Africana Studies BA program at UMass Boston, you will delve into the experiences, cultures, and histories of people of African descent. With a strong emphasis on critical thinking and interdisciplinary study, this program prepares you to understand and navigate complex social, political, and cultural issues in today's global society. 

In this program, you will:

  • Learn about and understand the experiences, cultures, and histories of people of African descent and the African diaspora, including its history, cultures, social structures, and political movements
  • Hone your critical thinking and analytical skills through analyzing complex social, political, and cultural issues from multiple perspectives
  • Develop effective communication and advocacy skills, including the ability to defend positions on issues related to the African diaspora, both in writing and in oral presentations

Career Possibilities

Educate the next generation of Africana Studies students as a professor. Make a significant impact in your community as an advocate, or start your own non-profit. Or, leverage your knowledge of the African diaspora and its cultures to create innovative products, services, or marketing strategies that cater to diverse markets. Whatever your goals, UMass Boston is here to support you.

Become a(n):

  • Entrepreneur
  • Lawyer
  • Politician
  • Artist/ Curator
  • Community Advocate
  • Educator

Plan Your Education

How to Apply

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Specialization Areas

History Specialization
Students in the history area must take, as one of their ten major courses, one of the following methods courses: 

  • HIST 481 - Research & Methods: Senior Research Methods in History 3 Credit(s)

Social Science Specialization
Students in the social science area must take, as two of their ten major courses, a theory course and a methods course in one of the social sciences. Courses on the following list are approved for this requirement; students wishing to use other courses to meet the requirement should first seek the approval of the department chairperson.

Methods courses

  • SOCIOL 202 - Methods of Sociological Research 3 Credit(s)

Theory courses

  • ECON 201 - Microeconomic Theory 3 Credit(s)
  • SOCIOL 201 - Sociological Theory 3 Credit(s)

Graduate Criteria

Course Requirements:

Introductory Course (3 Credits):

  • AFRSTY 111 - African-American History II 3 Credit(s)

Electives (27 Credits):
Take nine electives from courses offered through Africana Studies and approved courses from other departments.

Students in the major must specialize in the area of humanities, history, or social science. At least five of the electives taken must be in the student’s area of specialization and at least one course must be taken in the other two areas.

At least three courses must be at the 300-level or higher.

No more than three courses from other departments may be applied toward this requirement.

Related Minors

Africana Studies Minor

Minor Requirements:
Complete 18 credits from six courses including two introductory courses and four electives.

Pass/fail: No more than one course taken pass/fail may be applied toward the minor.
Residency: At least four courses applied toward the minor must be completed at UMass Boston.

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