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Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies Brown University


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Africana Studies presents a different conceptual paradigm that connects the global black experience. The concentration in Africana Studies critically examines the artistic, historical, literary and theoretical expressions of the peoples and cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora.

Central to the work of students and faculty in the concentration is the close collaboration of artists, scholars and writers in examining relationships between academic and artistic knowledge about the world and human experience. Concentrators work closely with faculty members in developing new knowledge about the world and human existence through the critical and comprehensive study of the peoples and cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora. Concentrators are encouraged to study abroad in Africa, the Caribbean and/or Latin America and to acquire language competency in a language other than English spoken in Africa and the diaspora.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

Understand the evolution of artistic, cultural, intellectual and political traditions of the peoples and cultures in Africa and the African diaspora

Gain a deeper understanding of how and in what ways slavery, colonialism, and conceptions of race and practices of racism have shaped the modern world

Acquire competency in the theories and methodologies of Africana Studies and interdisciplinary scholarship

Be prepared to assume roles as skilled and informed scholars and career professionals informed by critical thinking and global perspectives

Africana Studies engages issues about historical and contemporary responses to local and global crises. It engages with how people of color create their own knowledge culturally and politically. It is oftentimes a critique of how forms of knowledge are produced. Concentrators acquire a host of interdisciplinary skills that allow them to ask questions about the world around them, and forms of knowledge production while developing critical analytical skills. Our concentrators deploy these skills in other classes, enriching their own general intellectual development.

In order to develop requisite competency in the discipline of Africana Studies, concentrators must complete eight (8) semester-long courses offered by or cross-listed with the Department. Six (6) courses must have an AFRI prefix or be offered by Africana Studies core faculty. Two (2) courses can be cross-listed. In some cases, Concentrators may petition the Department to accept other appropriate courses.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies.

Full Time (Equivalent to 120 semester hours)

Tuition fees

$57,112.00 (41,90,593) per year


02 Jan, 22 Jan, 09 Sep


Brown University


Rhode Island,

02912, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Students should complete secondary school. Brown first-year students will have completed 12 to 13 years of primary and secondary schooling.

A TOEFL score of 100 or above on the internet-based exam, or 600 or above on the paper-based exam, or a score of 8.0 or above on the IELTS, is expected in most cases.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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