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Major in African American Studies

Any student entering UF as a freshman is able to declare African American Studies (AFA) as their major.  Students interested in transferring into the major should consult the CLAS Transfer Admissions web site.   In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies, students must complete 30 credit hours of AFA core and elective courses and fulfill all of the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Model Semester Plan for a Major in African-American Studies

The following courses are required to fulfill the 30 credit hour requirement. Students must maintain a cumulative UF GPA of 2.0 and earn a grade of C or better in:

12 credits of required coursework:

  • AFA 2000 Introduction to African American Studies
  • AFA 3110 Key Issues in African American & Black Atlantic Thought
  • AFA 4936 Integrative Senior Seminar
  • One course from a list of courses taught by core faculty and affiliates

3 credits of applied, experiential, or research methods chosen from:

  • AFA 3850 Research Methods in African American History
  • AFA 3915C Mentoring At-Risk Youth
  • AFA 4135 Theories of Black America
  • AFH 4930 History Research Seminar: Africa
  • AMH 4930 History Research Seminar: U.S.
  • ENC 3254 Professional Writing in the Discipline
  • ENC 2305 Analytical Writing and Thinking
  • POS 4734 Research Methods in Political Science

6 credits of AFA-prefixed courses at the 3000-level or higher

Remaining 9 credits from AFA-prefixed courses (any level) or AFA-approved courses (listed below as well as the expanded section in the Undergraduate Catalog).

Students may also declare a double major in African American Studies and another Bachelor of Arts program (for example, African American Studies and Political Science) or a dual degree in African American Studies and a Bachelor of Science program or a field in a college outside of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (for example, African American Studies and Journalism). In order to do so, please download and fill out the double major or dual degree forms that can be found at Follow the instructions for approvals carefully.

Contact Dr. James Essegbey for information about the major and minor in African American Studies (, 1012 Turlington Hall; 352-273-3060).