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Africana Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #651 (QS) Williamsburg, VA, United States
The undergraduate program in Africana Studies (AFST) employs rigorous interdisciplinary and comparative approaches for the study of the 1.2 billion people of African descent, a fifth of whom are in the Diaspora. The central mission of the program is to prepare students for lifelong learning, graduate study in various fields, and careers in private and public organizations across the globe.
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Courses offered through the program engage students in a critical examination of the intellectual, political, economic, and cultural challenges and achievements of Africans and African-descended peoples. The study of these diverse and dynamic traditions does much more than embracing the centrality of race. It also encompasses imperial, national, ethnic, linguistic, and religious currents and intersections in such far-flung settings as Africa, North America, the Caribbean Basin, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, and Europe.

The Program draws on wide-ranging fields of inquiry including history, sociology, economics, anthropology, political science, religion, literature, music, drama, dance, film, and the visual arts. Through coursework that integrates and at often transcends disciplinary knowledge, students learn to appreciate the specificity of Africa and its offshoots, the ways in which local and global forces interacted to shape a shared identity of Blackness as well as community-specific identities, and the trajectories of syncretism and other forms of inter-cultural exchange.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Africana Studies
  • Medicine, Arts, and Social Justice
  • Introduction to Caribbean Cultures & Identities
  • African American History to Emancipation

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.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • A completed Common Application or Coalition Application. 
  • $75 application fee: The $75 (USD) application fee 
  • Secondary School Report Form including official records of your courses and grades from all secondary schools and universities you have attended.
  • Results of the appropriate tests a) SAT I or ACT; and b) TOEFL or IELTS. Please request that the results be sent directly to William & Mary by the testing organization. Only the official results will be used in evaluating your application. 
  • Language Requirement
A major in Africana Studies includes an Africa-related foreign language component that exceeds the College-wide proficiency requirement. This means one course beyond the 202-level in one language, or 202-level proficiency in two languages.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33354 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33354 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    15760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15760 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Williamsburg

  • 1306 - 2140 USD/month
    Living Costs

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As a public university, William & Mary works hard to keep the cost of our exceptional education affordable, and we commit our resources to need-based aid.

If you have what it takes to be a William & Mary student, the Financial Aid Office will use all available aid sources to help meet as much of your need as possible. Through a combination of financial aid options - including grants, loans, and Federal Work-Study - we will make every effort to keep your loan debt as low as possible. 

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