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African-American and Black Studies


Programs in African-American and black studies focus on the lives of people whose ancestors came to the Americas from Africa.

African-American and black studies programs include topics such as:


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in African-American and black studies. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in African-American and black studies. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study. Colleges that do not have separate programs in African-American and black studies may offer elective courses as part of a major in interdisciplinary studies or liberal arts.

Several universities offer graduate degrees in African-American and black studies. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree and good grades. You also need to submit letters of recommendation and a personal statement.

Your bachelor's degree should be in this program of study or a related major such as history, political science, or literature. If it isn't, you should take several courses that are related to race and ethnicity in some way.

Additional requirements at many schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Course work in graduate programs varies. However, the outline of a typical graduate curriculum looks like the following:

Things to Know

A background in this program of study prepares you for careers related to race issues such as civil rights law and multicultural education.


Spokane Area

Eastern Washington University

Tacoma Area

University of Puget Sound

West Side Area

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