Online Bachelor of Arts in African and African American Studies

Examine African and African American history, culture, politics and art in the African American and African Studies online degree. You’ll study global issues that impact African descended people including racial formation, institutional racism, African migration, art, literature, religion and education to learn how to lead the change for a more equitable society.

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Next start date: 01/11/2021


Total classes: 40

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

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What is African American and African Studies?

African American and African Studies is an interdisciplinary degree focused on the experience of African descended people in the past and present.

History-based courses examine pre-colonial Africa, the trans-Atlantic slave trade and African migration. The program places a special emphasis on studying the African diaspora, or the communities of African descended people around the world as a result of migrations. Courses in this degree explore the culture, art, histories and politics of communities across the African diaspora in the Americas, Caribbean, Europe and continental Africa.

The degree also delves into the impact of institutional racism around the world. In a critical race theory course, you’ll examine how race is used, constructed and contested in America. Elective courses focus on racism in fields such as medicine, criminal justice, politics and education.

What skills will I earn in an African American and African degree?

 

This African Studies and African diaspora focused degree bridges the humanities, social sciences and arts. You'll learn a wide range of skills from these disciplines. Courses will teach you how to combine information from various fields to analyze and solve complex problems. You'll also develop strong research abilities, cultural communication skills and diversity awareness. These skills will prepare you to lead efforts to build more equitable workplaces and environments across society.

Jobs for graduates with an African American and African Studies degree

The African Studies and African American Studies degree will equip you with essential critical thinking and communication skills needed for a variety of careers. You’ll be especially well prepared for diversity and inclusion related jobs as a social worker, multicultural assistant or diversity officer. Past graduates from this degree have gone to careers in journalism, teaching, social policy and civil rights activism.

Anthropology Professor


Growth: 10.0 %
Salary: $81,580

High School Teacher


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Salary: $59,170

History Professor


Growth: 10.3 %
Salary: $72,690

Investment Fund Manager


Growth: 8.0 %
Salary: $105,610

Judge


Growth: 5.6 %
Salary: $133,840

Lawyer


Growth: 8.2 %
Salary: $119,250

Mediator


Growth: 10.4 %
Salary: $60,670

Political Analyst


Growth: 2.8 %
Salary: $115,110

Political Science Professor


Growth: 10.6 %
Salary: $81,430

Study with sociologists and historians in African Studies

As a student in the African American and African Studies program, you’ll gain hands-on experience with faculty dedicated to social justice. Faculty members have extensive expertise in the struggles and accomplishments of people of African descent throughout history and modern society. From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Study with sociologists and historians in African Studies

As a student in the African American and African Studies program, you’ll gain hands-on experience with faculty dedicated to social justice. Faculty members have extensive expertise in the struggles and accomplishments of people of African descent throughout history and modern society. From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Requirements for African and African American Studies admission

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You are considered a freshman for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Join a leading school in cultural and social change

The School of Social Transformation focuses on transformational knowledge across society. This includes creative research approaches to themes and questions embedded in broader historical, social and cultural contexts. We prepare our students to be informed members of the public. Our graduates are interdisciplinary, team-oriented, real-world problem-solvers that can thrive in any environment, career or pursuit.

8:1


student-to-faculty ratio.

48


tenure and tenure-track faculty.

35%


first-generation students.

57%


of students are racially or ethnically diverse.

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