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Major in African American Studies, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #231 (QS) , IL,
African American Studies at University of Illinois at Chicago  is an interdisciplinary field of study that examines the history, politics, and cultural production of persons of African descent. Courses in the major consider the United States, Africa, and the global dispersal of persons of African descent, including the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe.


The department has strong links to community organizations and social movements in Chicago, across the United States, and internationally. Students are encouraged to use their training to address "real world" problems and conflicts. African American Studies at University of Illinois at Chicago offers a liberal arts education that develops skills in critical thinking, research methods, theory building, analysis, and written and oral expression.

An African American Studies major is excellent preparation for any field of public service (including health care, social work, and education), policy and government, the arts, and media, as well as advanced graduate and professional work in fields ranging from the law to history, literature, and sociology.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to African American Studies
  • African Americans in Film, 1900 - Present: Images, Individuals and Ideas on Screen
  • Introduction to African American Literature, 1760-1910
  • Introduction to African American Literature Since 1910
  • African and Caribbean Francophone Literature in Translation
  • Techniques of African-American Creative Writing
  • Comparative Black Literatures
  • Reading Black Women Writing
  • Black Cultural Studies
  • African American Intellectual History

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • 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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • 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.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students must complete university, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of African American Studies degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23440 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11720 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    23440 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11720 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    10584 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5292 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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