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Afro-American Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (WUR) Paradise, NV, United States
The program in Afro-American Studies is designed to provide students with the critical tools required, and to expose them to the historical knowledge and current research necessary, for an informed understanding of the Afro-American experience today.


The program is built around a core of courses that systematically document critical aspects of the Afro-American experience from its antecedents in antiquity to the prominent issues of the present day. Engaging both past and contemporary aspects of this experience provides students access to materials and events that have historically not been given adequate treatment, and allows students to contextualize current issues relating to Afro-Americans in an academically critical way. The program is also designed to effectively prepare students who desire to continue on to graduate work in Afro-American Studies.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify major events in Afro-American history.
  • Relate major events in Afro-American history to British North-American and United States history generally.
  • Identify and analyze select current issues in contemporary Afro-American life and culture.
  • Identify general cultural or sub-cultural aspects of the Afro-American experience vis-à-vis the mainstream American experience.
  • Explain how the rapid rise of the United States as a world power in the 19th century was directly related to the forced labor of Africans and Afro-Americans.
  • List the major events of the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Relate the Black Power Movement to the Civil Rights Movement that preceded it, and to the current era.
  • Describe at least one mode of Afro-American literary or artistic achievement, including its major figures.
  • Recognize the major political and social figures of Afro-American history and culture.
  • Display an ability to produce acceptable, university-level written work.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • The primary objective of the major in Afro-American Studies is for students to gain a solid foundation in the history and culture of Afro-Americans from before the beginnings of slavery in British North America up to the present time. This primary objective is met through the first three of the four core courses: Afro-American Survey, Afro-American Survey II, and From Civil Rights to Black Power and Beyond. 
  • A secondary objective is for students to be able to concentrate their studies on particular areas of interest within an overall Afro-American Studies framework. 

English Language Requirements

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    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.

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    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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

  • Freshman applicants are admissible with either a 3.0 core GPA (calculated based on English, math, social science, and natural science) from the high school transcript, a 1120 SAT score, a 22 ACT composite score, or a Nevada Advanced High School Diploma.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19670 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19670 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    5760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5760 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Paradise

  • 1088 - 1680 USD/month
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