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Field of Study: African-American and Black Studies


Programs in African-American and black studies focus on the lives of people whose ancestors came to the Americas from Africa.



African-American and black studies programs include topics such as:

  • History
  • Sociology
  • Art
  • Customs and culture
  • Economics
  • Religion
  • Political theory

Community colleges and other 2-year schools offer associate degree programs. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in African-American and black studies. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study. Colleges that do not have separate programs in African-American and black studies may offer elective courses as part of a major in interdisciplinary studies or liberal arts.

Several universities offer graduate degrees in African-American and black studies. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.