Undergraduate Programs

B.A. in Africana Studies

SIGS Africana Studies Image, Student at Commencement

Africana Studies at the University of South Florida is a transdisciplinary academic unit that offers undergraduate and graduate courses on Africa and peoples of African descent in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. Given our distinctive commitment to the study of Africa and the global Black Diaspora, USF's Department of Africana Studies is a leader in providing instruction on the foundations of Africana Studies in Florida and a participant in shaping the themes and topics that define our transdisciplinary field in the United States and the world.

USF's Africana Studies was founded in 1969 and is solidly grounded in rich, multidimensional African and African American intellectual traditions. Students have the options of pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies, a Minor in Africana Studies and a Certificate in Africana Literatures. Africana Studies faculty members are nationally recognized scholars who provide a strong intellectual foundation for our students while also preparing them for careers in a broad range of professions including Law, Social and Community Development, Media Relations, Cultural Studies instructors, Travel and Tourism guides. The Africana Studies curriculum facilitates the development of critical thinking skills while also challenging students to explore new ideas, seek new connections and become actively engaged in the global community.

*SIGS also offers a Minor in Africana Studies


Students desiring to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the University's entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this program.

curriculum requirements


  • AFA 2000 Introduction to the Black Experience in Africa and its Diaspora
  • AFH 3100 African History to 1850
  • AFH 3200 African History since 1850
  • AMH 3571 African American History to 1865
  • AMH 3572 African American History since 1865

Students will take seven additional elective courses from the following list of courses:

  • AFA 4150 Africa and the United States
  • AFA 4335 Black Women in America
  • AFA 4350 African American Community Research
  • AFA 4430 Afro-Diasporic Literature and Political Movements
  • AFA 4500 Slavery in the Americas and the Caribbean
  • AFA 4900 Directed Readings
  • AFA 4931 Selected Topics in Africana Studies
  • AFS 2250 Culture and Society in Africa
  • AML 3604 African American Literature
  • AML 4624 Black Women Writers
  • AMS 3700 Racism in American Society
  • ANT 4340 The Caribbean
  • PHM 4120 Major Black Thinkers

Other electives may become available to students. Please see the undergraduate advisor or the Africana Studies Undergraduate Director for further information.

forms & additional information

Office of Admissions 
SIGS Undergraduate Resources 
Undergraduate Studies
Africana Studies Directed Reading Contract
SIGS Undergraduate Incomplete Grade Contract


Pamela Anderson, Academic Advisor