Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts: Africana Studies Option

Division of Humanities — Curriculum Code: 019A

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree


Why major in Africana Studies?

The program is designed for students who desire a broad academic foundation in African and African-American arts, humanities, and social sciences. Students who are educated in these fields will have the opportunity to work in government service, teaching, law, publishing, and business.

If I major in Africana Studies, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The Associate in Arts degree in Africana Studies prepares the student to transfer to upper-division colleges and universities to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Africana Studies programs exist at Rutgers – New Brunswick, Rutgers – Newark, College of New Jersey, Seton Hall University, Temple University, Drew University, University of Pennsylvania, and William Paterson University.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major. You also need to earn a grade of “C” or better in ENG 101 before taking most of the major courses required in this program.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental course work and you register for an average of 16 credits each semester, you can complete the degree in two years. You may shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer sessions.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3319/3320 or (973) 877-3489.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the arts, history, and literature of Africa, the African-American community, and the Caribbean;
  • Apply critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication skills to analyze and discuss literary and/or art works, historical events, and topics related to cultural diversity; and
  • Utilize the library and the internet and other electronic sources to prepare research projects that follow MLA, APA, and/or Chicago Manual of style guidelines for source documentation.



(45 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (9 credits)

ENG 101, ENG 102, and ENG 109 (three 3-credit courses)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills/Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (12 credits)

Choose one math course and a lab science sequence or two math courses and one lab science course from the following:

Math: MTH 100, MTH 101, MTH 103, MTH 113, MTH 119, MTH 120, MTH 121, MTH 122, MTH 127, MTH 221, or MTH 222 (one or two 4-credit courses)

Lab Science: BIO 101 – BIO 102, BIO 103 – BIO 104, BIO 121 – BIO 122; CHM 101 – CHM 102, CHM 103 – CHM 104; PHY 101 – PHY 102, PHY 103 – PHY 104, or PHY 113 – PHY 114 (one or two 4-credit courses)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)

Choose two of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105; ECO 101, ECO 102; POL 101, POL 104; PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219; SOC 101, SOC 108, or SOC 219 (two 3-credit courses)

Humanistic Perspective (9 credits)

Choose two of the following literature courses: ENG 205, ENG 208, ENG 215, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 250, ENG 263, or ENG 264 (two 3-credit courses)

And choose one of the following art or music courses: ART 100, ART 101, ART 102; or MUS 109 (one 3-credit course)

Historical Perspective (6 credits)

Choose one of the following history sequences: HST 101 – HST 102, HST 111 – HST 112, HST 121 – HST 122, HST 131 – HST 132, HST 134 – HST 135, HST 136 – HST 137, or HST 161 – HST 162 (two 3-credit courses)

Global & Cultural Awareness of Diversity (3 credits)

Choose one additional (non-repeated) course from the following: ANT 101, ANT 105; ART 100, ART 101, ART 102, ART 200; CIN 103; ENG 205, ENG 215, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 263, ENG 264; HST 121, HST 122, HST 137; MUS 117; PSY 232; REL 105; SOC 108, SOC 205, or SOC 207 (one 3-credit course)


(12 credits)

Choose any four of the following (non-repeated) courses: ART 200; ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238; HST 121, HST 122, HST 134, HST 135; MUS 117; SOC 203, and/or SOC 205 (four 3-credit courses)



(6 credits)

Choose two free electives (two 3-credit courses)


Total Credits Required for Degree: 63




First Semester
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
Math/Lab Science requirement (4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
History requirement (3 credits)
Major course elective (3 credits)

Second Semester
ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)
Math/Lab Science requirement (4 credits)
Art or music requirement (3 credits)
History requirement (3 credits)
Major course elective (3 credits)

Third Semester
ENG 109 Effective Speech (3 credits)
Math/Lab Science requirement (4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
Literature requirement (3 credits)
Major course elective (3 credits)

Fourth Semester
Literature requirement (3 credits)
Diversity requirement (3 credits)
Major course elective (3 credits)
Free elective (3 credits)
Free elective (3 credits)


(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as other pre- and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

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