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Africana Studies

Bachelor of Arts

Students from all backgrounds will examine the historical and contemporary experiences of Africana peoples to prepare as leaders of a global and diverse economy.


The Africana Studies program analyzes how gender, class, race and other important ideas shape the experiences of Africana peoples and influence the global economy. Join a program that embraces new technologies and serves as a leader in digital learning.

You’ll study under faculty from diverse academic backgrounds, resulting in a rich and exciting interdisciplinary classroom dynamic. In the online Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies program, you’ll learn to:

  • Solve the grand challenges of a rapidly changing world
  • Engage with local and international communities
  • Enhance communication with people from diverse backgrounds

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Career Level: Undergraduate
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
College: College of Humanities

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $500
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

​​Wondering about the specific classes you can take in this program? See the course descriptions below:

  • AFAS 371: Hip-Hop Cinema - A strong foundation in the history and development of Hip Hop cinema. Major films, directors and movements are studied within their historical, social and cultural context, with a focus on the aesthetics of visual language and cinematic techniques.
  • AFAS/HUMS 376: Global Soccer - This interdisciplinary course is about the emergence and growing notoriety of soccer in France, the Francophone world, and the rest of the planet. Class discussions will explore the popularity and identifications of populations with soccer worldwide, as well as the human values it represents: olympism, pacifism, imperialism, colonialism, national identities, race, politics, gender and globalization.
  • AFAS 302: Africana Studies Research Approaches - Join discussions surrounding the role of knowledge, the various methods by which knowledge is acquired, and the manner in which interpretations of knowledge occur. Learn practical dimensions of research in the humanities and the social sciences, specifically the cultivation of approaches and methods that ensure reliable data collection, rigorous analysis, and correlative verifiable conclusions, with reference to the African American, African and Caribbean experiences.
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Earning your Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies will build core skills, including:

  • building effective relationships
  • communication skills
  • computer literacy
  • cultural understanding
  • litigation
  • problem solving
  • research
  • writing

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Neshunna Jones- Student Spotlight

Neshunna Jones, an online Africana Studies student living in California, attends Arizona classes using virtual reality. She’s also working toward a career as a civil rights attorney.


Program Experience Overview

The Africana Studies program incorporates pop culture, virtual reality and study abroad opportunities into coursework that embraces new technologies and positions students as leaders in digital humanities.

Neshunna Jones


Africana Studies Student Attends Class in VR, Goes to Paris for Real

Read Neshunna Jones’ full story to learn about why she’s attending school online and how her professors are helping her reach her goals.

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