Bachelor of Arts
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.
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.
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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
Introduction to Africana Studies
Survey of African History
Social Movements and the Black Experience
The Black Family
Caribbean History and Culture
African Politics and Government
Hip-Hop Culture and Rap Music
Education of African American Children
The BA degree program in Africana studies at MSU Denver is part of the university’s overall accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).