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African and African American Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Berea, KY, United States
The primary or central mission of the African and African American Studies program of Berea College is academic. It serves those students interested in gaining a better understanding of: the cultural contributions and historical legacies of peoples of predominantly African ancestry.
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This is done using an interdisciplinary approach whereby students engage in critical thinking across the spectrum of various disciplines such as:

  • history,
  • literature,
  • music,
  • psychology,
  • environmental studies,
  • women’s studies,
  • peace and social justice etc.

A major component of our mission is to teach and encourage students how to critique the world from the perspective and world view of Africana (“Black”) peoples. This allows for greater clarity in properly assessing the impact Africana peoples have had upon countless aspects of the collective human experience.

The African and African American Studies program of Berea College teaches students how to:

  • identify, study, and clarify African contributions to human history;
  • analyze and describe/express the various conditions that have impacted upon and influenced both the individual and collective development of African peoples; and
  • identify solutions as well as actions, which free all peoples from any socialized notions of inherent inferiority predicated on the basis of their African ancestry.

Why Study African and African American Studies?

African and African American Studies is multidisciplinary. It focuses globally on:

  • the life,
  • culture and
  • social organization of persons of African descent in Africa, North America, Latin America, Caribbean, etc.

Thus, anywhere peoples of the African Diaspora find themselves. Courses in African and African American Studies will engage students as they seek to learn about society in general and the experiences of the African Diaspora in particular.

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 History
  • African-American Studies
  • Race in America
  • Food/Agriculture Africa
  • Black Music Ensemble
  • African-American Literature

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.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 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

  • International Application for Admission and Scholarship form.
  • International Personal Essay and Essay Cover Sheet.
  • Copy of official secondary school records.
  • Personal Statement of Financial Circumstances.
  • International Financial Questionnaire (IFQ).
  • International Financial Recommendation Form.
  • Two (2) Admission Recommendation forms, at least one of which should be written by a current or former teacher.
  • Copy of official scores from at least one of the following exams: TOEFL, IELTS, ACT or SAT. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    44100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22050 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    44100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22050 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Berea

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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