Bachelor of Arts
Students from all backgrounds will examine the historical and contemporary experiences of Africana peoples to prepare themselves as leaders of a global and diverse economy.
The Africana Studies Program analyzes how gender, class, race and other important ideas shape the experiences of Africana peoples and influence the global economy. The program embraces new technologies and is a leader in digital Africana studies. Our faculty encompasses diverse academic backgrounds, producing a rich and exciting interdisciplinary dynamic that is evident in our teaching and research.
The online Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies trains students to:
- Solve the grand challenges of a rapidly changing world.
- Engage with the local and international communities.
- Enhance communication with people from diverse backgrounds.
Wondering about the specific classes you can take in this program? See the course descriptions below.
- AFAS 371: Hip-Hop Cinema - A strong foundation in the history and development of hip hop cinema. Major films, directors, and movements are studied within their historical, social, and cultural context, with a focus on the aesthetics of visual language and cinematic techniques.
- AFAS/HUMS 376: Global Soccer - This interdisciplinary course is about the emergence and growing notoriety of soccer in France, the Francophone world, and the rest of the planet. Several important themes will be discussed allowing us to understand the popularity and identifications of the populations with soccer worldwide, as well as the human values it represents: olympism, pacifism, imperialism, colonialism, national identities, race, politics, gender, and globalization.
- AFAS 302: Africana Studies Research Approaches - This course holds discussions surrounding the role of knowledge, the various methods by which knowledge is acquired, and the manner that interpretations of knowledge occur. Emphasis will be placed on the practical dimensions of research in the humanities and the social sciences, specifically on the cultivation of approaches and methods that ensure reliable data collection, rigorous analysis, and correlative verifiable conclusions, with reference to the African American, African, and Caribbean experiences.