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What will I learn?

Africana Studies is the study, research, interpretation, and dissemination of knowledge concerning African American, African, and Caribbean affairs and culture. Using the tools of the social sciences and humanities, Africana Studies examines the structure, organization, problems, and perspectives of Blacks in Africa and the African Diaspora. Africana Studies also stresses analytical interpretations and policy prescriptions for social change in African American communities and in various African and Caribbean nations. The term Africana incorporates the three-tier interdisciplinary thrust of the department: African, African American, and Caribbean social sciences and humanities.

Africana Studies prepares social science majors for advanced graduate studies in international affairs, education, social work, social policy studies, and legal and professional training. In the humanities, preparation in the creative arts and literature gears students to practical development in such fields as communication, teaching, theater, and dance. Africana Studies occupies a central role in understanding modern American life and African and Caribbean linkages. As an interdisciplinary major, Africana Studies offers intellectual paradigms for the multicultural approach to historical, political, and economic reality. It is also critical and corrective of the inadequacies, omissions, and distortions of mainstream American education leading into the 21st century. Africana Studies is committed to producing liberally educated women and men with a lifetime dedication to working on African American, African, and Caribbean affairs.


  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities

Which department am I in?

Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$34,124.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected October 2022

Start date

29 August 2022


University of Pittsburgh

4200 Fifth Avenue,



15260, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a Minimum QPA of 2.5.

For international students

Prospective students who have not earned college credits since graduating from high school with a diploma or GED should consult this section for information on admission to the University of Pittsburgh. English Language Scores: A 100 or higher TOEFL composite score with sub-scores of 21 or higher is considered competitive, a 7.0 IELTS with sub-scores of 6.0 or higher, or a 120 or higher Duolingo score. Application Deadlines: April 1: fall term (August); October 1: spring term (January).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions for higher education in the U.S., boasting world-class programs and esteemed alumni.

  • One of the oldest universities in the U.S., founded in 1787
  • #1 Public University in the Northeast (WSJ, 2021)
  • 124 Pitt innovator patents and 17 start-ups launched in 2021
  • Signature building is a 42-story Gothic Revival skyscraper

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