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Four years

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Africana Studies, B.A.

The Georgia State University Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for the interdisciplinary study of people of African descent, connecting with the community and promoting social justice, while offering a curriculum that reflects the highest aspirations of education in an evolving society.

Our department's research focus engages the experiences of Africans and African descendants in the U.S. and globally through the lenses of ethnicity, culture, gender, sexuality and social structure. Our instruction and curriculum promotes critical thinking, research skills and proficiency in oral and written communication.

Program Details

High School Seniors and Recent Graduates
If you’re a senior in high school or if you graduated from high school within the last two years, you’ll apply to begin your bachelor’s degree program using Georgia State’s Common Application.

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International students
International applicants are those students who are in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa (B-1, H-1, J-1, etc.), students who are living outside the U.S. and who will require an F-1 visa to study in the United States, students who are in the process of applying for Permanent Residency status, but have not yet received the Permanent Residency card or students who have been educated outside the U.S.

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Transfer students
If you’re already in college but need a change, transferring to Georgia State can provide you with the opportunities you need to succeed — in school and after graduation.

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Please see the Undergraduate Catalog for a detailed schedule of required courses for the major.

In addition to the program degree requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences degree requirements (see section 3030) and the university degree requirements (see section 1400).

The interdisciplinary approach of the Africana Studies program recognizes how issues and factors in addition to race affect the lives of African people worldwide. This area of study offers critiques of knowledge presented in the traditional disciplines and professions, scholarly and artistic accounts of the realities of the lives of African-Americans and perspectives on social change.

The B.A. program provides students with the intellectual origins, concepts, research and models of the disciplines, the knowledge and skills necessary for the study of group cultures and a curriculum that contributes to the goals of multicultural education.

The African-American Alumni Club scholarship provides support to an undergraduate student in good academic standing in the College of Arts and Sciences with a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrated financial need. The recipient must also demonstrate significant community service as determined by a short essay.



Africana Studies is an inter-disciplinary field that prepares students for professional life and social responsibility. Our emphasis on critical engagement, oral and written communication skills, and research provides important preparation and competencies in a variety of careers. Our alumni have successfully pursued careers in law, education, historic preservation, public health, mental health, urban planning, social work and human rights advocacy.


Department Offices
1 Park Place
Suite 962
Atlanta, GA 30303

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 404-413-5131
Fax: 404-413-5140

Mailing Address
PO Box 4109
Atlanta, GA 30302-4109

College of Arts & Sciences Lockup25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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