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Africana Studies at EIU


Through the arts, humanities and social sciences, the Africana Studies program at EIU explores key aspects of the experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world. Its broad educational purposes are to engender among all students an intellectual appreciation of Black life and to enrich EIU curriculum and increase the relevance of an EIU education by providing our students with an appreciation of all cultures. The requirements for the major in Africana Studies are consistent with the view of the program as an area of interdisciplinary study. The major is designed to allow students gain a comprehensive knowledge of African peoples throughout the world. The major consists of 42 credit hours. Students receive a Bachelor of Arts degree upon completion of the major program.

Summary of Program Requirements

  • 7 courses from the core - 21 hours
  • 3 courses from a single area of concentration - 9 hours

Plus 4 Courses (one course from four different areas of concentration) - 12 hours

Core: Total Semester Hours - 21

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