Online Bachelor of Arts in African and African American Studies

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

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 05/16/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 40

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 120

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What is African and African American Studies?

This multifaceted program focuses on the experience of African-descended people in the past and present. You’ll examine pre-colonial Africa, the trans-Atlantic slave trade and African migration in history-based courses. The program places a special emphasis on studying the African diaspora, or the communities of African-descended people around the world resulting from migration.

Courses in this program also explore the culture, art, histories and politics of communities across the African diaspora in the Americas, Caribbean, Europe and continental Africa. You’ll also delve 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.

The skills you’ll develop in this program

 

This program bridges the humanities, social sciences and arts, and you'll learn a wide range of skills from these disciplines. Your 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.

What can you do with an African and African American Studies degree?

 

The interdisciplinary nature of this program means you’ll gain valuable transferable skills that apply to many career opportunities. You’ll be well-equipped for jobs focused on communication, social policy or diversity awareness. Upon graduation, you may also pursue an advanced degree in a related field such as sociology, political science or law.

Will my diploma say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

African and African American Studies courses

Your courses will cover all aspects of the African American and African experience. Required courses examine the impact of various historical events and institutional racism. Elective courses delve deeper into these topics and also explore culture, art, literature and music across Africa and the African diaspora.


AFR 200: Introduction to Africana Studies (GCSI OR SB & G & H)


AFR 300: Precolonial Africa (GCSI OR SB & G & H)


AFR 305: The Global History of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade (GCSI OR SB & H)


AFR 428: Critical Race Theory


The jobs this program prepares you for

This African and African American studies degree will provide you with essential critical thinking and communication skills that support a variety of careers. You’ll be especially prepared for diversity and inclusion-related jobs as a social worker, multicultural assistant or diversity officer. Graduates from this program pursue careers in journalism, teaching, social policy, civil rights activism and more.

Anthropology Professor


Growth: 4.0 %
Salary: $85,000

High School Teacher


Growth: 1.0 %
Salary: $62,360

History Professor


Growth: 1.3 %
Salary: $79,400

Investment Fund Manager


Growth: 16.0 %
Salary: $139,790

Judge


Growth: 2.2 %
Salary: $151,030

Lawyer


Growth: 7.5 %
Salary: $135,740

Mediator


Growth: 5.0 %
Salary: $64,030

Political Analyst


Growth: 6.6 %
Salary: $128,020

Political Science Professor


Growth: 3.7 %
Salary: $83,770

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.

How to apply

I am a future

You’re considered a first-year student for application purposes if you’ve never attended college or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours.

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Competency requirements

Additional admission requirements

High school equivalency

Homeschool

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at 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 Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at 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 Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

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.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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