The African American and African Studies program of Rutgers University exposes students to Africana culture, economics, politics, and history, both nationally and internationally. This is made possible by elite professors from several departments who teach about the Africana experience through innovative courses in Literature, Dance, Art, Sociology, Anthropology, Criminal Justice, and History.
What can I do with a major in Africana Studies?
Given its subject matter, many people may suspect that a degree in Africana Studies is only for those who can lay a biological claim to Africa. However, Africana Studies is not just for Africans or people of African descent, though it certainly holds special meanings for those groups. Consider the following benefits of an Africana Studies major or minor:
- Understand the World from an Africana-informed Perspective
- Connect and Critique Various Forms of Inequality
- Achieve Your Personal, Professional, and Academic Goals
Africana is for anyone interested in how histories and ideas related to Africa, blackness, and race have shaped our world. It is for people who want to make sense of reality from the perspective of all the information that we have gained from African-descended thinkers, experiences, and cultures. Our core battery of courses in Africana theory, history, and literature provides a foundation for processing contemporary events and historical formations from an Africana perspective.
Connect and Critique Various Forms of Inequality
Present debates about race provide a powerful motivation for Africana Studies. But even beyond our present moment, Africana studies and related fields have been the home for pioneering critiques of perhaps the single most important social problem that affects us all: inequality. Black Studies helped to open a space for Women’s Studies and other identity-based programs, and it continues to debunk myths about white privilege, male power, and ethnocentrism. When done in a compassionate and thoughtful way, Africana Studies also has the ability to offer effective challenges to heterosexism, ableism, and other forms of discrimination that threaten to stigmatize a range of human differences.
Achieve Your Personal, Professional, and Academic Goals
With new capstone options, qualified Africana students can engage in learning experiences that bolster their preparation for graduate school, deepen their understanding of social problems, and practice skills that will make them more marketable in the professional world. Reduced and revised credit requirements enable students to degree more efficiently while also taking classes that speak to their own specific interests.
Rutgers uses your FAFSA to develop a financial-aid package based on your qualifications, financial need and the funds available to the university. Your package may include any or a combination of these major financial aid sources:
- Gift aid does not require repayment and is divided into three categories: grants (which recognize financial need) and scholarships and awards (which recognize academic merit, special talents, or other achievements).
- Loans must be repaid (usually after graduation) and can come from private lenders as well as federal, state and university sources.
- Work-study allows students to earn money for college expenses while gaining valuable skills - often in their intended field.
- Power and Decision Making in Urban Communities
- The Psychology of Minority Groups & Politics of Minority Groups
- African American History
- Poverty and Urban Environmental Systems
- The Slave Narrative
- Poor, Minorities, and Justice
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Online Application
- A $70 non-refundable application fee is required
- Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR)
- Due to the uncertainty of future test dates and availability of standardized tests, Rutgers will make submission of SAT and ACT test scores optional
- English Proficiency Examination Requirements
- Letters of recommendation are not used for admissions consideration
International29736 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 14868 USD per semester during 48 months.
National29736 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 14868 USD per semester during 48 months.
In-State12536 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 6268 USD per semester during 48 months.
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