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Black/Africana Studies Department

New this fall 2021!

Black/Africana Studies Associate of Arts DEGREE

The Black/Africana Studies degree program is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with the opportunity to critically study the lived experience, life history, and culture of Black people. Undergirded by the three basic areas of focus of the discipline of Africana Studies – which are cultural grounding, academic excellence, and social responsibility – this program is comprised of a curriculum of multidisciplinary courses that meet the general education requirements for an associate of arts degree.


Required Core: (12 Units) Units
AFRS 105 Introduction to Africana Studies 3
ART 104 African Art History 3
AFRS 226 African American Literature 3
or ENGL 226 African American Literature (3)
HIST 110 African American History 3

LIST A: Select two or more courses from the following areas (at least one course from Area 1 must be taken)

AREA 1: A minimum of 3 units

Course Units
ART 108 Black Images in Popular Culture 3
or HUM 108 Black Images in Popular Culture (3)
*POL 250 Model United Nations: Theory and Practice 3
SOC 210 Race and Ethnic Relations in the U.S. 3
or ETHN 210 Race and Ethnic Relations in the U.S. (3)

AREA 2: Elective Courses (3-4 units)

May take any course from AREA 1 not previously taken

Course Units
ART 109 Gender and Sexuality in Art 3
orHUM 109 Gender and Sexuality in Art (3)
DANC 123 African Dance 2
DANC 124 Hip Hop Dance 2
DANC 126 Hip Hop Dance II 2
DANC 141 Intermediate Jazz Dance 2
GEOG 102 Cultural Geography 3
MUS 103 Jazz in America 3
SOC 215 Sociology of Cultural Diversity 3
Total Units for the Major: 18



Complete a minimum of 60 units, including:

  1. The Black/Africana Studies Core and Department requirements,
  2. A.A. Degree General Education requirements, and
  3. Additional elective courses, as needed


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