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Through interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary study, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Africana studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) offers students an engaging curriculum that addresses various dimensions of the global African experience.

Students learn about the contributions of African-descent peoples throughout history and develop a critical lens with which to confront the challenges facing contemporary Black communities worldwide. Our faculty place top priority on providing a rewarding educational experience to all students.

Program Options

The BA degree program in Africana studies offers licensure for elementary education and/or secondary education in social studies to those students who wish to pursue teaching.




Phone: 303-556-3058

Fax: 303-556-6345

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8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Admissions and Transfer Counselors are available on a walk-in basis.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

The Department of Africana Studies delivers all the academic content you expect from a BA program while also bringing to the table everything that’s unique about MSU Denver’s people and Denver’s rich Africana community. Our students have the following unique opportunities:

  • Learn in small classes from published teaching scholars whose work is printed by leading academic publishers in the U.S.
  • Benefit from one-on-one mentoring and advising that facilitate collaboration, scholastic success and career planning and guidance.
  • Get valuable hands-on experience through internships that connect you to our community and can help jump-start your career.
  • Participate in student organizations like the African Student Union, Black Student Alliance, the Ngaathaje Development Project and more.
  • Take advantage of scholarship opportunities offered through both the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver Guild and the department.
  • Save by attending one of the most affordable programs in the state at a university that’s listed by Forbes as one of the best for return on investment.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

A BA in Africana studies prepares students for graduate school or for careers in fields as varied as law, health care, human services, social work, education, journalism, urban planning, library studies, museum studies and more.

Whatever your career aspirations, this degree will prepare you for citizenship and workforce participation in an increasingly diverse and intercultural world

Hear from our students:

“My experience as an Africana studies major has both met and exceeded my expectations. I have been privileged to study alongside fellow students who are in pursuit of both academic excellence and solutions to some of the world’s most vexing problems. I have been privileged to study under instructors who are not only professional, but who have challenged me to grow academically, personally and even spiritually.”

— Leigh Kirkeeide (BA Africana studies 2016)

Alumni at Work

Denver Public Schools

University of New Mexico

Community College of Aurora

Community College of Denver

North Carolina Central University

Sample Classes

Introduction to Africana Studies

Survey of African History

Social Movements and the Black Experience

Contemporary Africa

The Black Family

Caribbean History and Culture

African Politics and Government

Hip-Hop Culture and Rap Music

Education of African American Children

Program Accreditation

The BA degree program in Africana studies at MSU Denver is part of the university’s overall accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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