What will I learn?


The Africana studies major prepare undergraduates for productive local, national, and international careers or graduate work. It grounds students in the essential theory and basic information about people of African descent that serves as a foundation of knowledge for advanced study in the discipline. Recognizing the importance of cross-cultural understanding and regional differences of the African experience, it also provides students with a transnational perspective on the life, history, and culture of people of African descent in the United States, Latin America, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa.

The degree comprises 33 of 120 total credit hours, which utilizes Africana Studies program-specific as well as courses from other SLA departments.

  • There are a total of 12 credit hours in four required core courses to ensure coherence within the degree.
  • An additional 9 credit hours are required in one of three area concentrations—Africa, North America or Latin America & Caribbean - which must include courses from at least two different SLA departments and at least two courses at the 300 level or higher.
  • Completion of the degree also requires 12 credit hours from an extensive list of Africana Studies program and/or SLA department courses.
  • The degree’s thematic requirements reinforce breadth with intellectual depth by optimizing opportunities to concentrate their coursework regionally.
  • Students may take up to 6 hours of AFRO A495 independent study credit within the major, but can count no more than 3 credits in any specific area concentration.

Students completing the Africana Studies Bachelor of Arts program will achieve the following:


  • about a) the general experiences of people of African descent in the United States, the continent of Africa, the Caribbean, South and Central America as well as other areas of the African diaspora and b) and b) the major social, cultural, and historical events, phenomena and figures of Africana life and experience and
  • about the major texts, theories and schools of thought comprising Africana Studies as a discipline, as well as the contemporary issues that face peoples of African descent.


  • the intellectual and societal origins, purposes, and challenges of Africana Studies as an academic discipline, including its connections to the historical and present experiences of peoples of African descent.

Be able to

  • competently demonstrate appropriate methods of inquiry grounded in critical race theory or an African-centered analytical framework to investigate and evaluate topics, texts, artistic productions, events, or phenomena pertaining to the experiences of Africana peoples and
  • effectively demonstrate an ability to research, organize, and produce a well-written paper, or audio-visual project on a selected topic or artistic production, event, or phenomena pertaining to the experiences of Africana people.

Which department am I in?

School of Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$30,539.00 per year

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

Application deadline

Expected November 2019

Start date

26 August 2019


Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

420 University Blvd,



46202, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed or will complete secondary school by the time of enrollment; No grade point average guarantees admission to IUPUI. We look for applicants who have demonstrated a "B" average or above average grades, with strong grades in math and science.

For international students

Students must have earned a diploma from an accredited high school before you enroll at IUPUI.

English Language requirements:

They also must have the following requirements are

  • IELTS score of 5.5
  • TOEFL (iBT) score of 60
  • IUPUI Program for Intensive English (PIE): Level 5
  • Any ELS centre located in the US or Canada: Level 109
  • GCSE or GCE O Level in English language: Grades A-C
  • International Baccalaureate: Higher Level English A1 or A2 Certificate, grade of 4 or higher

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