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African American Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #401 (WUR) Tuscaloosa, AL, United States
A unique facet of the African American Studies program offered by The University of Alabama s its commitment to scholarship on and service to Alabama African American communities, particularly the concerns of African-descended communities from Holt and the west side of Tuscaloosa to the Black Belt areas of Marion, Uniontown, Greensboro, Tuskegee, Selma, and Gee's Bend. 


The African American Studies program offered by The University of Alabama places emphasis on developing students' understanding of interdisciplinary research and its centrality in African American Studies.

Special Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to complete internships in a variety of settings. Students should contact the program office for more information. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in a research methods course and to take advantage of study abroad opportunities.

Career Opportunities

The major's interdisciplinary structure gives students the unique opportunity to meet the expectations of graduate admissions committees and prospective employers by demonstrating specialized knowledge in a field of study and general training in a broad liberal arts curriculum. An African American Studies major is an ideal major or second major for those who desire to attend graduate school and professional programs in the following areas: law, education, English, economics, business management, social work, sports management, publishing, public health, sociology, film studies, psychology, city planning, public administration, political science, history, art, ethnic studies, public relations, communications, and the foreign service advanced degrees. American Studies majors teach in secondary schools, junior colleges, and universities and work for historical commissions, arts alliances, museums, libraries, and the private sector.

Types of Jobs Accepted

Recent graduates have accepted jobs in both city and federal government; they work in secondary education, journalism, public relations and advertising, business, have become successful artists, and have gone on to attend prestigious graduate school programs in a range of fields. 

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 include:

  • Intro African Amer Study
  • The Black Church
  • Education Of Southern Blacks
  • 19th Century Black History
  • Social Inequality
  • Black Intellectual Thought
  • Black Feminism

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 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 an application
  • Create your MyBama Account
  • Upload immigration and visa documents
  • Submit official transcripts
  • Submit your official SAT or ACT test score

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29230 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29230 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10780 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Tuscaloosa

  • 850 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

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