What will I learn?

The African American and African Studies (AAST) program offers the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. The program is designed to give students an essential core of basic knowledge and analytical skills, while providing an opportunity to specialize in one of two emphasis areas: African American Studies or African Studies. The African American and African Studies major requires a total of 36 credit hours in African American and African Studies courses, including 18 credit hours of core coursework, 15 hours of coursework evenly distributed between selected upper-division social science and humanities courses, and a minimum of six credit hours of upper-division coursework in African Studies. African American and African Studies majors are required also to take HIST 105H (Africa in a World Setting).

Students can earn either the B.A. or B.S. degree. The B.A. program requires a foreign language through the intermediate level (202). Students seeking the B.S. degree must demonstrate beginning language proficiency (102). Consistent with Old Dominion University's Career Advantage Program (CAP), students majoring in African American and African Studies are required to participate in an appropriate field internship.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Letters

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$31,700.00 per year
Estimates are based on full-time enrollment for the 9-month academic year (15 credit hours for Undergraduate/9 credit hours for Graduate). Summer semester costs not included. Costs increase annually, and are subject to change without notice
Application deadline

Expected October 2021

Start date

20 December 2021, 7 January 2022


College of Arts and Letters

9000 Batten Arts and Letters,



23529, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have an all prior Secondary/High School or College/University transcripts along with Diploma or Leaving Certificate.

For international students

Traditional freshman applicants are typically under the age of 21 and currently enrolled in high school or have graduated from high school within the past two years and have not attended any regionally accredited college or university (not to include dual enrollment).

English proficiency test scores: TOEFL of 79 (550 paper based); IELTS overall band of 6.5; PTE score of 53; new SAT Reading Test of 26 or SAT Critical Reading of 480; GRE Verbal Reasoning of 152; GCSE or GCE “O” level pass in English language; CPE grade of A, B, or C.

Fall: Early Action (Non-Binding) Dec. 1; Regular - Feb. 15

Spring Regular - Oct. 1

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