Africana Studies Undergraduate Major

The degree comprises 33 of 120 total credit hours, which utilizes Africana Studies program-specific as well as courses from other SLA departments. 

  • There are a total of 12 credit hours in four required core courses to ensure coherence within the degree. 
  • An additional 9 credit hours are required in one of three area concentrations—Africa, North America or Latin America & Caribbean - which must include courses from at least two different SLA departments and at least two courses at the 300 level or higher. 
  • Completion of the degree also requires 12 credit hours from an extensive list of Africana Studies program and/or SLA department courses. 
  • The degree’s thematic requirements reinforce breadth with intellectual depth by optimizing opportunities to concentrate their coursework regionally.
  • Students may take up to 6 hours of AFRO A495 independent study credit within the major, but can count no more than 3 credits in any specific area concentration. Checksheets for the Africana Studies undergraduate major, minor, certificate in Africa Studies as well as SLA General Education requirements can be found at the following link: Liberal Arts Degrees

 The following sample curriculum plans to earn a B. A. degree in Africana Studies are for students who want to graduate in four years. They are for illustrative purposes only. For more information about these plans, please consult with the Africana Studies Program’s 

Lead Faculty Academic Mentor: 

Dr. Joseph L. Tucker Edmonds
Telephone: (317) 274-7366
Office:  Cavanaugh Hall (CA) 504E

Sample Four Year Plan - [click here]

Africana Studies Major Requirements - [PDF]

Africana Studies Undergraduate Minor

The Africana Studies Program encompasses the scholarly exploration of the life and culture of people of Africa and the African Diaspora from an interdisciplinary perspective. A minor in Africana Studies gives students the opportunity to get a broad background in this area to complement students’ major area of study.

Africana Studies Minor Requirements: A minor requires the completion of 15 credit hours

A minor in Africana Studies has three parts:

  1. AFRO A140: Introduction to African American and African Diaspora Studies (3 cr.)
  2. One (1) of the following courses: (3 cr. each)
    • AFRO A200: Research in African and African Diaspora Studies
    • AFRO A306: Globalization, Struggle, and Empowerment in the African Diaspora
  3. Nine (9) credits from the list of electives in the Africana Studies programs. In addition to courses offered by the Africana Studies program, courses are divided into three areas of concentration-Africa; Latin America & the Caribbean; and North America. Students planning a minor in Africana Studies may take courses in any of these concentrations. (New courses may be added to the list of approved electives as they become available.)

Africana Studies Minor Requirements: [PDF]
Africana Studies Minor Application: [PDF]

Certificate in African Studies

The Africana Studies Program offers an 18 credit hour Certificate in African Studies designed to provide undergraduate students with an overview and understanding of both historical and contemporary perspectives on the lived experiences of the peoples and cultures of Africa. The curriculum provides students with a wide breadth of knowledge pertaining to the approaches used in the study of Africa in terms of its history, development, politics, culture, religion, health, environment, resources, growth, and economies. The Certificate in African Studies enables students to supplement their instruction in their major discipline with a concentration on African Studies. Alternatively, the Certificate provides additional preparation for students currently pursuing pre-med, pre-dentistry, nursing, business, engineering, and law degrees, who may envision a future career working in Africa.

Students would complete eighteen (18) credit hours of coursework, consisting of two (2) core courses and four (4) elective courses.

Admission to the Certificate program in African Studies (AFRO) requires the following:

  • 55 credit hours earned towards a degree at IUPUI
  • At least a cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Contact the program office to complete the necessary paperwork to officially declare the certificate.

The Certificate in African Studies (AFRO) requires satisfactory completion of the following:

  • Completion of a total of 18 credit hours, with a minimum grade of C in each course.

Required core courses (6 credits):

  • AFRO A152: Introduction to African Studies (3 cr.)
  • AFRO A200: Research in African and African Diaspora Studies (3 cr.)
  • AFRO A495: Individual Readings in Afro-American Studies (1-3 cr.)

Electives (12 cr.), choose four courses from the following:

  • ANTH-E 310:   Cultures of Africa (3 cr.)
  • ENG-L 382:     Fiction of the Non-Western World: 20th Century African Literature (3 cr.)
  • ENG-L 411:     South African Literature and Society (3 cr.)
  • HER-H 301:    Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (3 cr.)
  • HER-H 351:    African Art I (3 cr.) HER-H 352: African Art II (3 cr.)
  • HIST-H 227:   African Civilization (3 cr.)
  • HIST-H 421:   Topics in African, Asian, or Latin American History: Peoples and Cultures of Africa (3 cr.)
  • HIST-H 421:   Topics in African, Asian, or Latin American History: Modern Africa (3 cr.)
  • POLS-Y 338:  African Politics (3 cr.)
  • REL-R 300:    Studies in Religion: Religion and Health in Africa (3 cr.)
  • REL-R 328:    Afro Diasporic Religions (3 cr.)
  • SWK-S 300:   Global Human Rights and Cultural Competency Skills (3 cr.)

Africana Studies Certificate Application: [PDF]

For further questions please contact:

Lead Faculty Academic Mentor: 

Dr. Joseph L. Tucker Edmonds
Telephone: (317) 274-7366
Office: Cavanaugh Hall (CA) 504E