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Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies Mount Holyoke College


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The struggle of Africans and people of African descent to move forward in their societies, often against overwhelming odds, is one of the most compelling areas of inquiry.

Africana studies describe and analyze the origins and experiences of people of African descent wherever they live or have lived. These fields are inherently comparative, international, and interdisciplinary in approach, embracing a wide range of pursuits in the humanities and social sciences and including the performing arts. Students majoring in these fields should understand how blacks shape their lives in particular historical, social, political-economic, and cultural contexts. The major prepares students for a number of careers: government, politics, international affairs, law, education, journalism, public health, religious studies, literature and the arts, and business management, to name only a few.


As a field of inquiry, Africana Studies describes and analyzes the origins and experiences of people of African descent wherever they live or have lived. This field is informed by the intellectual traditions of African American, African and African Diaspora studies. While it has a renewed focus on the connections and movements of African descended people from different sites of Africa and the diaspora, it also values in depth study of Black people in discrete local, regional and national contexts. This field is inherently comparative, international, and interdisciplinary in approach. It is vital to embrace the range of fields in the humanities and social sciences-including the performing arts.

Africana Studies section of the catalog lists courses offered by the Africana Studies Program

Africana Studies Major

  • A minimum of 40 credits in the program
  • At least 16 of these credits must be at the 300 level in at least two different disciplines, of which only 4 credits can be Africana 395
  • Africana Studies 200, Foundations of Africana Studies is required of all Majors
  • Program approval of a concentration statement
  • All majors must complete a Community-Based Learning course

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Full Time (128 semester credits)

Tuition fees

$52,040.00 (38,79,327) per year




Mount Holyoke College

50 College Street,



01075, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Students must have complete high school studies.

English proficiency requirements

Mount Holyoke has no minimum score, although the average TOEFL score is over 100, the average IELTS score is over 7 and the PTE is above 68.

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