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Africana Studies Minor

Explore the Rich History & Evolution of the Global African Community.

Through the Africana Studies Minor program at UMass Boston, you’ll develop a deep and multifaceted understanding of African communities. You'll learn about the diverse social and cultural histories, politics, economics, environment, and psychology of the African diaspora in the Americas, Africa, and the Caribbean. With a strong emphasis on critical thinking and interdisciplinary study, this program equips you to navigate complex social, political, and cultural issues in today’s global society. 

The Africana Studies Minor opens the door to many career possibilities, including educator, advocate, or entrepreneur. You can apply the knowledge and skills you gain in this program in academia, community work, nonprofit organizations, and more.

Expand Your Studies

How to Apply/Declare

Current Undergraduate Students: Declare or change your minor by completing an Undergraduate Program Add/Change form.

Prospective Undergraduate Students: Apply for admission to UMass Boston by completing an application. Start by reviewing the first-year and transfer application pages for important information about requirements, deadlines, and application status checks. Use the links below to apply: 

Apply as a First-Year Student

Apply as a Transfer Student


Introductory Course (3 Credits)

  • AFRSTY 110 - African-American History I 3 Credit(s)
  • AFRSTY 111 - African-American History II 3 Credit(s)

Electives (12 Credits)

Take four courses offered through Africana Studies at the 200-level or higher. At least two courses must be 300-level or higher.

Completion 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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