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African and African American Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #801 (QS) Manhattan, NY, United States
Can a conversation about civil rights in America be more inclusive? Of course. But we aim much higher. The discourse in African and African American Studies at Fordham University has been rich, diverse, and complex for more than four decades.
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African and African American Studies from Fordham University embraces diverse intellectual and ideological perspectives in researching, teaching, and civic engagement. It’s an interdisciplinary field, pulling from history, literature, language, sociology, economics, and the arts. It’s deeply eclectic and intellectually exhilarating.

Study civil rights and citizenship. Begin to speak Swahili. Analyze the role of race in the black prison experience. Examine the role of women in African politics. Read contemporary African literature. Parse African American identity in film. Learn the 19th-century roots of South African apartheid.


You will be sensitive to the demands of an increasingly diverse American society and world. Our alumni move on to graduate school in African & African American Studies, history, literature, ethnic studies, law, education, and social work. They pursue careers in public service, teaching, law, journalism, public administration, international affairs, urban affairs, performance studies, and public history. 

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:

  • Elementary Swahili 
  • African Intellectual History 
  • Understanding Historical Change: Africa 
  • Social Construction of Women
  • Contemporary African Literatures
  • Buffalo Soldiers: Race & War
  • Black Prison Experience
  • Social Welfare & Society 
  • Major Debates in African Studies 
  • Affirmative Action: American Dream
  • Harlem Century

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 with essay and $70 application fee
  • Letter of Recommendation from school guidance counselor or secondary school teacher
  • Transcripts, mark sheets or certificates from all secondary schools or high schools attended (Fordham requires transcripts for the last four years of pre-university education) 
  • SAT or ACT Results (SAT code: 2259; ACT code: 2748)
Fordham has an SAT/ACT test flexible option for some overseas applicants. Applicants must (1) complete secondary education outside of the USA, and (2) receive one of these credentials:
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma
  • Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) Diploma 
  • French Baccalaureate
  • German Abitur 
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
  • Italian Diploma di Esame di Stato (Maturita)
  • Mexican Bachillerato 
  • Singapore Cambridge GCE A levels 
  • South African National Senior Certificate
  • Spanish Bachillerato
  • UK GCE Advanced Levels (3+ required) 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52980 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52980 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Manhattan

  • 2638 - 5760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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