Africana Studies offers students the opportunity to confront and critically analyze distinctive Black intellectual and social-cultural traditions, and political-economic and historical structures. Situated in Miami, Florida, we are uniquely positioned in and between the US South and the Global South. Therefore, our translocal perspective finds blackness and Black people everywhere in the world. As the university’s center for Africana Studies, the Program reaches beyond undergraduate study-- inviting a wide variety of local and international graduate students, artists, scholars, and community advocates into our intellectual community.

Africana Studies’ interdisciplinary structure offers students an opportunity to satisfy the increasingly rigorous expectations of graduate and professional school admissions committees and prospective employers, offering a broad liberal arts perspective that complements specialized knowledge of a field. Our curriculum and programmatic efforts uniquely help to prepare students to understand and effectively work toward social justice. We encourage all students, regardless of major, to enroll in Africana classes. Africana Studies can be taken either as a primary major, as one of two majors, or a minor. 

Educational Objectives

  1. To help students research, acquire, and disseminate information about the historical and social experiences of Africans and people of African descent on all sides of the Atlantic basin, but with special emphasis on the United States.
  2. To facilitate students’ understanding of the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, globalized society of our time.
  3. To help students think critically about the global black experience.
  4. To prepare students for graduate work and professional careers.

Departmental Honors

Carter G. Woodson Award - Best all-round student who combines intellectual excellence and community service.

Advanced Writing Requirement 

To satisfy the College of Arts & Sciences writing requirement in the discipline, students majoring in Africana Studies should take at least one English course or one History course related to Africana Studies and is listed as an advanced writing course, and any Africana Studies course with the Writing Credit designation. 

Curriculum Requirements

Major Requirements
Africana majors must complete the following core courses:
AAS 150Introduction to Africana Studies3
AAS 490Senior Seminar in Africana Studies3
HIS 201History of Africa I (to 1800)3
HIS 209African-American History to 18773
or HIS 210 African-American History, 1877-PRESENT
Select one Caribbean Studies course from the following:3
Caribbean Cultures
Caribbean Literature
Modern Caribbean History
The remaining courses must be selected from the list of acceptable courses approved by the program, in any school or college within the university. 115
Additional Requirements
WRS 105First-Year Writing I3
WRS 106First-Year Writing II3
or ENG 106 Writing About Literature and Culture
UMX 100The University of Miami Experience0
MTH 108Precalculus Mathematics II3
People and Society Cognate9
STEM Cognate9
Language Requirement3-9
Minor Requirement15
Total Credit Hours120

Twelve of the 30 credit hours must be completed at the 300 level or above.


A grade of C- or better with an overall GPA of 2.0 is required in each course taken for the major.

Sample Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
WRS 105 First-Year Writing I 3
MTH 108 Precalculus Mathematics II 3
Language (first course) 3
People & Society or Arts and Humanities cognate (first course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
WRS 106 First-Year Writing II 3
Language (second course) 3
STEM cognate (first course) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
AAS 150 Introduction to Africana Studies 3
People & Society or Arts and Humaities cognate (second course) 3
Minor (first course) 3
AAS 260 History of Slavery in the Atlantic 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
AAS 350 Black Leadership in the U.S. 3
History of Africa I (to 1800) 3
Minor (second course) 3
STEM cognate (second course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
African American History (HIS) 3
Minor (third course) 3
STEM cognate (third course) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
AAS Specialization Course 3
Minor (fourth course) 3
Natural Science course (if needed) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
AAS 390 Special Topics 3
Minor (fifth course) 3
People & Society or Arts and Humanities cognate (third course) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
AAS 490 Senior Seminar in Africana Studies 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120


Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate interdisciplinary knowledge, including intellectual and social history, language and literatures, and social and global interconnectedness.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to identify and evaluate methodological approaches and schools of thought in Africana Studies, through written argumentation.
  • Students will demonstrate marked improvement in (1) level of intellectual sophistication, (2) writing effectiveness, and (3) the ability to analyze and effectively present primary and secondary research data.