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African and African-American Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #401 (ARWU) Norman, OK, United States
The Mission of the University of Oklahoma African and African-American Studies Program  is first to exemplify excellence in research, teaching and service, in accordance with the mission of the University of Oklahoma (OU) and the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).
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African and African-American Studies Program from University of Oklahoma offers the B.A. degree in African & African American Studies. Students earning a B.A. degree in AFAM must also complete specified University and College of Arts & Sciences degree requirements. Students may also choose to enroll with a minor in AFAM.AFAM courses are exciting, challenging and offer students (from all racial and ethnic backgrounds) the opportunity to hear and discuss important content, essential to Africa and the African American experience, in a constructive learning environment. Students are exposed to different theoretical approaches, typically taught in Black Studies. All students should emerge from the program with a clearer understanding of African-centered thought, as well as alternative paradigms articulated within the discipline.

 Here at OU, we aim to facilitate dialogue between those on campus and in the community via education and civic engagement.

African & African American courses are stimulating, thought provoking, and interdisciplinary. Courses in this program offer students from all racial and ethnic backgrounds the opportunity to hear and discuss important content, essential to Africa and the African American experience in a constructive learning environment.

Career Opportunities

Majoring in African and African American Studies challenges students with a high level of critical thinking encouraging the growth of knowledge beyond the bounds of the traditional college program. Learning about and tackling important societal issues such as poverty and healthcare provides an understanding that will allow a graduate to stand out to potential employers.

Graduate of the program have entered graduate schools or the work force in the following areas:

  • Community Service
  • Education
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Social services
  • The arts

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 included:

  • African Amer. Educ. in U.S. 
  • African American Men 
  • African American Women 
  • African American Athlete 
  • The Black Athlete in America 
  • African Politics 
  • Contemporary Africa 
  • African Youth Culture 
  • Isues in AFAM Family 
  • African American Health Issues 
  • Women of the Diaspora 
  • Black/VVhite Relations in America 
  • African Women & Children 
  • Hip Hop Culture & Cont. Ameria 
  • Cont. Black Feminism 
  • Afrocentric Thinking & Civil Rights 
  • Movement 
  • Leadership in AFAM Comm unity 
  • Black Women & Leadership 
  • Prison Industrial Complex 

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.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

 Submit either the OU Application, Common Application, or Coalition Application. This includes a $40, non-refundable application fee for domestic applicants.

  • Official high school transcript that reflects at least six semesters of work completed and includes your GPA computed on an unweighted 4.0 scale and your class rank
  • Official test scores to us through ACT and/or The College Board. Your test scores may also be included on your official high school transcript
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Official copies of any AP or CLEP test scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    27727 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27727 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    12346 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12346 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Norman

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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