Bachelor of Arts in Africology and African American Studies

Learn to conduct research, think critically and facilitate conversations essential to understanding, appreciating and promoting African culture with the Bachelor of Arts in Africology and African American Studies in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. 

This 123-credit multidisciplinary undergraduate degree program invites students to study the cultures, history and politics of Africa, its countries and its people. The curriculum is Afrocentric, so all courses explore academic topics from the standpoint of African agency in economic, political, psychological and social contexts, among many others. You’ll engage in critical discourse on subjects like class, ethnicity, gender and race, and their relevance throughout history and in today’s society. 

Students in the Africology and African American Studies Department have the unique opportunity to

  • contribute to the Journal of Black Studies, the top peer-reviewed publication in the academic discipline; 
  • connect with local, national and international African communities;
  • learn from and research alongside highly esteemed faculty; and 
  • study abroad in Ghana. 

Students can also see firsthand the topics they study in Temple’s Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection—one of the most prestigious collections of African American artifacts in the United States. It houses over 500,000 items on the global black experience dating from 1581 to the present.  

The program will also delve into African American culture, examining how it has developed into a rich and unique community over the centuries.

Graduates are prepared to pursue master’s or doctoral degree programs across an array of professions including the health sciences, law and the social sciences. Graduates have also gone on to work in arts and culture, primary and secondary education, social work and administration, research design, and more. 

Africology and African American Studies Department 

Temple’s Africology and African American Studies Department is one of the oldest of similar programs in the nation and was the first to offer a doctoral degree in the field. Emerging during the Black Power Movement, the program was created to serve as an academic platform from which students could combat racism, discrimination and oppression. In the 1990s, the department initiated the Temple Circle, a team of scholars that defined the key theoretical and philosophical bases for the study of African phenomena.

Today, the Africology and African American Studies Department and Temple University remain as committed as ever to this mission. Temple is home to more African American students than any other university in the Northeast, and it’s this diversity and sense of global community that sets the university apart. 

Woman standing in a library reading a book by author Audre Lorde.

Classes & Curriculum

The Africology and African American Studies Major curriculum includes a combination of general education, global studies, elective and degree program-specific courses. 

The following courses are required to earn your bachelor’s degree. 

  • African Civilization
  • Afrocentricity
  • Black Folklore: African and African American
  • Introduction to Africology
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Tupac Shakur and the Hip Hop Revolution

Learn more about Africology and African American Studies Major required courses

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Certificate Programs

The College of Liberal Arts has 22 undergraduate certificate programs for you to expand your knowledge and diversify your Temple education. Certificates can complement bachelor's programs, allowing you to specialize in an area and highlight your exposure to disciplines outside of your major.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. You can view the full Cost of Attendance breakdown on the Student Financial Services website.

These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $17,976.00 per year
Out-of-state: $32,376.00 per year