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African American Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Los Angeles, CA, United States
What is structural racism? What is intersectionality? Why is there a Movement for Black Lives?  What future can be imagined for Black America? The African American Studies program of Loyola Marymount University provides answers to these questions and more!
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African American Studies reclaims truth; corrects the national narrative regarding people of African descent; and, shares knowledge beyond the university by way of its curriculum, community engagement, and commitment to student development.

LMU’s AFAM features award-winning faculty members, who rank among the highest achieving and most innovative in the nation. Our goal is to ensure that students have the resources, training, and will to battle ignorance and manifest social justice.

What Is African American Studies?

Students in the African American Studies program of Loyola Marymount University gain an interdisciplinary view of the world that is grounded in the perspective of Africa and the African diaspora. This worldview informs the African American Studies Department's intellectual, theoretical and methodological approaches.

Majors will come to understand the forces that influence and impact the lives of people of African descent in America and beyond. To gain a holistic understanding of the discipline, students will draw upon knowledge and analytical skills from the social sciences, humanities, and the arts.

What Do African American Studies Majors Do?

Majors examine the history of African American people in the United States and the diaspora, and delve into the significance of the African worldview to African American-centered scholarship.

Students explore basic research questions, the answers to which contribute to a better understanding of the African American experience. Majors learn about African-centered knowledge systems, find out how to conduct social science research and interpret scientific data, and discover the value of embracing the concept of diversity. Students will also learn how to prepare themselves for graduate school and professional careers in fields related to African American Studies.

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:

  • African American Studies
  • Black Cultural Arts
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • African American History
  • African American Literature
  • Sociology of the Black Community

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 and LMU Supplement
  • International students are not required to submit the SAT or ACT to complete their application to LMU
  • Provide Proof of English Proficiency
  • Submit Transcripts
  • Submit a letter of recommendation with your application

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52553 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52553 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52553 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52553 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Los Angeles

  • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
    Living Costs

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