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African American and African Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Pittsfield, MA, United States
This African American and African Studies program at Bard College at Simon's Rock considers the great range of experiences of African Americans historically and in the present. Students who take this program this will think critically about the concept of race and the crucial role of language and culture in defining racial difference at distinct historical moments.
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African American and African Studies students at Bard College at Simon's Rock will consider the many ways African Americans have negotiated the issue of race within a predominantly white society, using strategies that range from assimilation to separatism.

Learning outcomes

Students should take at least one course each on history, contemporary experience, and cultural representation in order to discover how African American experiences today are rooted in the past, and how art, music, or literature reflect and construct a tradition in which personalities, philosophies, events, and social and creative needs are intertwined. Because African American experience is best understood when considered from a variety of perspectives, courses used to fulfill the concentration requirements should be drawn from at least two areas of study (e.g., history and literature or sociology and art 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:
  • Introduction to African American Studies 
  • Global Art: Africa and the Americas
  • African Arts
  • Gender in Africa 
  • African American Art and Thought 
  • The Harlem Renaissance 
  • Contemporary African Literature
  • Women Writing Resistance in the Caribbean (
  • Baldwin and Friends
  • Women Writing Resistance in Africa
  • History and the African American Novel 
  • Jazz: An American Encounter

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • 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

  • Start Application
  • Complete Application
  • Submit Additional Items and Interview
  • Supporting Documentation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    55592 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 55592 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    55292 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 55292 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Pittsfield

  • 912 - 1890 USD/month
    Living Costs

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