Bachelor On Campus

Africana Studies

Smith College

48 months
53940 USD/year
53940 USD/year
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The major in Africana Studies at the Smith College is designed to introduce students to central methodological, theoretical and historical foundations through an interdisciplinary curriculum where students engage various disciplines, such as history, sociology and literature.


African diaspora studies is an essential aspect of the Africana Studies curriculum at the Smith College. Two courses on the African diaspora are required for the major and students may choose African diaspora studies. Interested students are also encouraged to consider the minor in African studies or the Five-College Certificate in African studies as a supplement to their major.

Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to study interdisciplinarily and multidisciplinarily
  • Use close reading as evidence for argument
  • Write a critical research paper
  • Ability to study blackness/race intersectionally (that is, in regard to gender, class, nation, sexuality)
  • Ability to study blackness/race in regard to the Diaspora
  • Experience studying closely classic texts or figures or historical periods or movements
  • Experience considering the aesthetic and theoretical principles undergirding 19th-, 20th- and 21st-century African American culture

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • African-American Literature 1900 to the Present
  • History of Afro-American People to 1960
  • Death and Dying in Black Culture
  • The Harlem Renaissance
  • Race and Identity in the African Diaspora
  • Feminism, Race and Resistance: History of Black Women in America
  • Africa: Peoples, Environment and Development Issues
  • Seminar: Topics in Development Anthropology: Health in Africa--Elliot Frankin
  • Globalization and Transformation in Africa
  • Twentieth-Century Literatures of Africa--Katwiwa Mule,
  • Studies in South African Literature and Film: Adopting Violence to the Screen--Katwiwa Mule
  • Studies in South African Literature and Film: Topic: The Political Imagination in Contemporary South Africa

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Smith Writing Supplement
  • Secondary School Report, including official high school transcript
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Evaluation Forms
  • Official SAT I, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or the Duolingo English Test/*DET*
  • Early Decision Agreement (if applicable)

Tuition Fee

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    53940 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 53940 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    53940 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 53940 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Northampton

1156 - 2393 USD /month
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