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Welcome to Africana Studies at USF!!

Africana Studies is a dynamic and growing field of knowledge and inquiry. It is a liberal arts discipline that examines world and national history and culture through the experiential lens of Africana peoples. Requirements include, but are not limited to, a desire for intellectual stimulation and expansion, a willingness to improve and refine critical and analytical reading, writing, and thinking skills, a desire for professional growth and development, a passion to make a world of difference.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses (15 Credits)

AFA 2000 Introduction to the Black Experience (3 credits)
AFH 3100 African History to 1850 (3 credits)
AFH 3200 African History Since 1850 (3 credits)
AMH 3571 African-American History to 1865 (3 credits)
AMH 3572 African American History since 1865 (3 credits)

Elective Courses (21 credits)

Students complete the major with seven additional credits. Students may choose to emphasize African-American Studies, African Studies or African Diaspora Studies

What can I do with a bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies?

A degree in Africana Studies can be used in a wide variety of employment contexts, such as:

  • 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.

TIPS for Incoming Freshmen

  • Make contact with your advisor and professors. They are interested in your academic development, and welcome your visits during their posted office hours. Please contact our academic advisor, Pamela Anderson, for specific questions about our undergraduate program ( You can make an appointment with the advisor by using eScheduler:
  • Have transcripts from ALL institutions (high school, dual enrollment) and organizations (IB, CLEP, AP) sent to USF for review.
  • This degree has a foreign language exit requirement. In addition to the foreign language entrance requirement all students applying for a Bachelor of Arts degree from USF, graduating students 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 or demonstrate equivalent competency by passing an examination. If you have experience with a foreign language, including ASL, you will be required to take a placement exam at USF to determine your level and to see if you can test out of the courses. You are STRONGLY encouraged to complete this placement exam prior to or during orientation. (
  • All new First Time in College (FTIC) will have an Academic Advising (AA) hold placed on their account for the first year which prevents them from registering until they see an advisor. Once you have decided USF is the right place for you, make an appointment as soon as possible after orientation to see your advisor.
  • Visit the College of Arts & Sciences information page for First-Year Students (