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African American Studies, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #24 (WUR) Evanston, IL, United States
The African American Studies programme of Northwestern University includes a total of 12 courses inside of the Department, and 5 related courses outside of the Department. The 12 courses in the Department include 5 Core Courses, 6 Elective Courses, and 1 Senior Course.
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The African American Studies programme of Northwestern University studies the global black experience. Grounded in an array of disciplinary methods the field offers new insights on the human condition. Through the use of empirical evidence, diverse methodologies and intellectual approaches this field boasts a rigorous engagement with communities of African descent in the Americas, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe, among others. Necessarily, this involves a deepening understanding of local, national, transnational, diasporic, and global dynamics, their histories and intersections.

Major themes in the curriculum include:

  • the nature of colonization and its impact on the colonizer and the colonized
  • the advent, implications, and legacies of trans-Atlantic slavery
  • racism and its effects on society as well as on scholarship
  • the makings and conceptualizations of the black diaspora
  • the importance of oral language, history, and tradition in the black experience
  • the roots and development of black music, literature, and religious styles
  • black politics and social movements, and black radicalism
  • the analysis of key institutions and topics such as the family, gender and class relations, and sexuality.

Career paths

African American Studies provides good preparation for graduate work in the social sciences, the humanities, and the professions, as well as for jobs and careers in a variety of fields. Education, law, journalism, urban planning, health-care delivery and administration, business, social work, and politics are only a few of the fields for which African American Studies provides an excellent background.

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:

  • Introduction to African American Studies
  • Survey of African American Literature
  • Literatures of the Black World
  • Introduction to African American History
  • History of the Black World
  • Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Introduction to Black Social and Political Life
  • Black Diaspora and Transnationality

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application*
  • Official secondary school transcript and school report
  • Counselor recommendation
  • At least one teacher recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores†
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores‡ (ONLY required for international applicants whose first language is not English or whose schooling has not been in English)
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75 or application fee waiver
  • Early Decision Agreement (ONLY Early Decision applicants)
  • Midyear transcript
  • Music audition (ONLY School of Music applicants)
  • Required for homeschooled applicants ONLY: 3 SAT subject tests 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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