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Africana Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Regional coverage includes the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. Students in the program are introduced to methodology from core areas of the humanities and social sciences to develop skills in comparative, cross-cultural analysis and research. A student’s course of study might range from a study of Caribbean cultures, the literature of Black America, the historical evolution of African independence movements, the sociology of power and equality in the United States, to an anthropological approach to the transatlantic slave trade.

Students from across the university pick Africana studies as a major or minor. Africana Studies students' related fields of study include in art history, English, history, biology, political science and sociology.

The program’s geographical scope will help prepare students to meet the challenges of an increasingly global world. These challenges include rethinking our former ideas of race, gender and national identity. At the same time, Africana Studies remains equally committed to investigating these questions within a U.S. context. The disciplinary breadth of the program will equip students with a strong academic foundation for graduate studies in the humanities and social sciences. Africana Studies students have chosen advanced study in fields such as public policy, international affairs, history, education, literature, communication, law, and ethnic studies.

Partnerships and Opportunities

Because of George Washington University's location in Washington, D.C., there are many opportunities for those interested in issues pertaining to Africana Studies. Students can take advantage of community resources such as museums (e.g. National Museum of African Art, Anacostia Community Museum, and the future National Museum of African American History and Culture), non-government organizations and advocacy groups, libraries and research centers (e.g. Library of Congress, Howard University's Moorland Springarn Research Center), the University consortium, and other organizations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • African American History
  • Special Topics in African American History
  • Black Women in U.S. History
  • The History of Jazz
  • Musical Cultures of Black Americans

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Common Application
  • Financial Certificate
  • Photocopy of your Passport
  • International Credentials
  • Letters of Recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    58550 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 58550 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    58550 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 58550 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Washington, D. C.

  • 1705 - 2980 USD/month
    Living Costs

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