Africana Studies, B.A.


Africana Studies Program

Africana Studies, Major Requirements

1.  Major requirements (33 units)
Lower-division requirements (12 units)
AFRS 10, AFRS 15, AFRS 27 or AFRS 36, SOC 125 or PLSI 90

Upper-division requirements (15 units)
AFRS 137, AFRS 104W, AFRS 144, AFRS 150 or AFRS 164, AFRS 189 (3 units)

Approved Africana electives (6 units)
Consult your academic advisor for approval.

2. General Education requirements (48 units)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing 

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
(See Degree Requirements); it is recommended that units in this area be utilized to complete a second major or minor.

5. Total units (120)*
* G.E. and MI courses can be double counted with major requirements.  See advisor for details.

Double B.A. Major in Africana Studies

A double B.A. major in Africana Studies will consist of 33 units, of which 24 units will be in Africana Studies. Fifteen units of the 24 units must be upper division. Units can be double counted. Students are strongly encouraged to see an Africana Studies academic advisor for assistance in planning the major.


The AFRS Program is made up of faculty with backgrounds and expertise in Africana history, literature, cultural studies, music, and theatre. Professors have written books and published in prestigious national and international peer reviewed academic journals and anthologies. They are also the recipients of numerous awards for teaching, research, and community service.

For faculty phone numbers and e-mail, see the campus directory.

For more on the faculty, see the faculty pages.
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Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

For the most up-to-date roadmap, please contact the College Advising Center or check your My Degree Plan.

Please note: Roadmaps are not a guarantee of course availability.

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African-American students and their families at graduation ceremonies

Africana Studies uses an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective to illuminate the connectedness of the human experience and provide culturally-appropriate knowledge and skills necessary to understand the experiences of African peoples all over the world and American Indians in the United States.

We seek to build bridges across similar “Ethnic or Interdisciplinary” programs at Fresno State (eg., Armenian Studies, Asian-American Studies, Chicano and Latin American Studies, Women’s Studies) as well as other traditional academic disciplines (e.g., Anthropology, History, Social Work, Economics, Geography, Sociology, Theater Arts, etc.) that provide knowledge and skills needed to understand the institutional arrangements and cultural constructions as they affect the contemporary American experience of race and ethnicity.

What You Can Earn

Social Worker - $48,562 (in our region)

Campus Recruiter - $60,602 (in our region)

estimations calculated at as of March 2012

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Ethnic Experience
  • Critical Thinking About Race
  • American Indian History
  • Art and Music of Africa

What You Can Learn

  • Appreciation for the heritage of African peoples and American Indians and their contributions to the shaping of the fabric of American life and history
  • Historical and contemporary experiences of African Americans
  • Current problems of American Indians and Arctic Natives

About the College

The College of Social Sciences studies the human experience, including the depth of the past and the breadth of the entire planet.

We place emphasis on learning practical skills to aid you in your career. Our students do internships, participate in archaeological digs, or do service-learning projects with a non-profit agency. Students can assist on research projects or organize a social change project.

Whatever a student's major, they enjoy our witty and talented faculty and our caring staff as they discover our social world.

College Contact Information

Phone: (559) 278-3013
FAX: (559) 278-7664
Address: 5340 N. Campus Drive MS/SS91
Fresno CA 93740-8019

Department Contact Information

Mailing Address: 2555 E. San Ramon M/S SB 69 
Fresno CA 93740-8034
Mail Stop: M/S SB69
Location: Science 182
Phone: 559.278.2832 
Fax: 559.278.7268