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Frequently Asked Questions

  What is Africana Studies?

Africana Studies is a liberal arts program offering both a major and a minor. This program provides all students with the opportunity to study the history, culture and lived experiences of people of African descent in the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, and elsewhere; study the influence of Africa and people of African descent on world and U.S. thought, culture, and politics; study the social construction and consequences of race and racism; develop needed critical thinking skills to address the often narrow and Eurocentric bias in the current knowledge base; and examine their personal experiences, prejudices, and possible contributions in a multi-racial, multi-cultural society.

  What can I do with a degree in Africana Studies?
  • Use the undergraduate degree as an entrée into a graduate certificate or graduate degree program.
  • Enter the new 5-Year AFA-Library and Information Sciences Master’s program.
  • Develop and enhance intellectual growth and development
  • Teach in the public school system (teacher certification required)
  • Join Teach America
  • Double-major—combine AFA major with another degree program for careers in areas such as human resources, government agencies, politics, schools, business, law, health care, etc., that may serve Africana populations. For example: AFA-Sociology/Social Work; AFA-Communication/Journalism; AFA-Criminal Justice; AFA-Health Sciences; AFA-Nursing; AFA-Business, AFA-English, etc.
  • Join Peace Corps
  • Museum Curator, Archivist
  • Click here for additional career information.
  •   How do I declare my major as Africana Studies

    To declare a major or change your major, go to:

      How can I register for a closed Africana Studies course or a course requiring a permit?

    Speak with either the course instructor and/or the Africana Studies Office Manager.

      Which Africana Studies courses also fulfill FKLs or Exit Requirements?

    Please see Search-a-Bull

      Is there a minor in Africana Studies?

    Yes. The minor consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours in Africana Studies.

      Are there internships available and are they required for the major?

    Using the knowledge and skills gained in Africana Studies courses, senior-level undergraduates may spend at least one semester on-site with an agency or organization. Undergraduates may participate as service learners. By offering students opportunities in a range of settings, the Department of Africana Studies strives to provide structured, well-planned internships that enrich and support students’ intellectual, creative and professional growth. For details on the prerequisites and application for internships, please see the Africana Studies Internship Coordinator:

    Dr. Cheryl Rodriguez
    FAO 267
    Phone: 813-974-4434

      How often should I see my advisor?

    There are no set patterns regarding Academic Advising. It is recommended that students see the advisor at least once a year.

      How can I make an appointment with the Africana Studies advisor?
      I have a hold on my registration. What does this mean and how do I get it removed?
      How do I do become a cross-enrollment or transient student. What is the difference?

    Cross-enrollment means that you are simultaneously enrolled in at least 6 hours at USF and any number of hours at another institution. Transient study means you are attending another institution besides USF for an entire semester (you are not enrolled in any courses at USF while at the other institution). The forms for cross-enrollment and transient study are on the Financial Aid website,

      Is there an Honors Program in Africana Studies?

    Not currently, but such a program is anticipated.

      How can I get involved within the Africana Studies Department?

    You may join the Africana Studies Club,
    Visit the AFA Department website
    Read the AFA Newsletter
    Join us on Face Book
    Visit the Department Chair for conversation
    Attend AFA and IBL events

      Do I need foreign Language for Africana Studies if I took two years of the same language in high school?

    In addition to the foreign language entrance requirement all students applying for a Bachelor of Arts degree from USF must demonstrate competency in a foreign language. To demonstrate this competency, students may take either two semesters of a beginning college-level foreign language or one semester of a higher-level course and earn a letter grade of “C” (no “S” grades) or above in the appropriate level course or demonstrate equivalent competency by passing an examination.

      Are there opportunities to conduct research with Africana Studies faculty?

    Yes. You may speak directly with AFA faculty or learn about such opportunities through the Department Chair.

      What is the lowest acceptable grade for Africana Studies courses?

    Currently the lowest acceptable grade is "D." This will change in relation to all core courses where the lowest acceptable grade will be "C-."

      Are there courses that are offered seasonally and required for the major?

    All required courses are offered at least once during the fall-spring semester, with some required courses also offered in the summer.

      May I register for an Africana Studies courses even if I haven’t declared Africana Studies as a major?

    Yes, but if Africana Studies is your intended major, please make sure you officially declare it as your major,

      Where do I go for Cross Enrollment, Overload, Transient and Letter of Completion Requests?

    Students go to BEH 201 to pick up these forms. Or they can go to the College of Arts and Sciences website and look in the student forms section.

      How many credit hours may I transfer into the Africana Studies program from another institution?

    No more than nine credits (either six credits of core classes and three credits of elective classes or nine credits of elective classes) from another institution may be accepted as part of the Africana Studies major requirements