African and African American Studies

The African and African American studies concentration offers an interdisciplinary examination of the many ways in which African and African-descended peoples have created robust lives for themselves and, in turn, contributed to the creation of the modern world. The core undergraduate curriculum examines the culture, arts, history, politics, economics and current status of African Americans, Africans and the African Diaspora everywhere, especially in the Caribbean, Central America and South America. The curriculum combines a research-based understanding of the humanities, social and behavioral sciences and the arts with practical applications (internships, community/civic engagement and research projects) to prepare students for lifelong learning, advanced study in a variety of fields, and successful careers and productive public service in an increasingly diverse society, especially in Arizona.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • A minimum of 9 credit hours in this concentration must be completed at ASU.

 Core 6 Hours

AFS 200 Introduction to African and African Diaspora Studies (3) (Required)

Choose additional core course (3 hours) from the following:

AFH 300 Pre-colonial Africa (3)

AFH 305 The Global History of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade (3)

AFS 301 Race and Racism in Africa/African Diaspora (3)

AFS 302 History of Black Women in America (3)

Electives 12 hours
At least 9 elective hours must be upper division.
Choose elective courses from the following:

Select from AFH, AFR, or AFS course prefixes.

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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