“Now is the accepted time,  not tomorrow,  not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year. It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow. Today is the seed time, now are the hours of work, and tomorrow  comes the harvest  and  the playtime.”  – W.E.B. DuBois

The Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies (ASP) offers an interdisciplinary and multicultural approach to understanding and analyzing the contributions, concerns and conditions of African and African-diasporic peoples. Housed in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary   Studies,   the   Bachelor   of   Arts   in Africana Studies at Kentucky State University reinforces the liberal studies mission of the University while promoting the contribution of African and African- descendant peoples and civilizations   across the globe.  Africana Studies is the intellectual inquiry and study of people of African descent.

The discipline of Africana Studies increases respect for humanities education as students strengthen their insight into the connectedness of the human experience while accepting responsibility as stewards of their own legacy. Additionally, students learn to identify historic and contemporary  trends that characterize disadvantaged communities,  create  disparity  and  dictate  policy.  This goal is achieved through self-assessment instruction and practical application via participation in local, national and international field experiences in diasporic and/or underserved communities. This undergraduate interdisciplinary degree prepares students for graduate and professional studies and relevant employment opportunities in government, especially in the State Department   foreign   and   domestic   missions   or   in industry as human resource and diversity specialists.

Curriculum Guides

Curriculum guides are designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation.  In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones.  Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA.

Following the sample academic plan and its milestones will help students stay on track to graduate in four years. Students will need to refer to and/or print both the appropriate Liberal Studies Requirements AND the appropriate major sheet in order to view the complete degree program requirements.

Program Requirements

The program’s curricular body of knowledge supports an   interdisciplinary   approach   to   the   concepts   of diasporic, critical race and social theories.  To satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Africana Studies, a student must complete 120 credit hours.  The required courses are ASP 101, 102, 201, 202, 301,302, 305,  306,  466,  499.     Students  are  also  required  to complete ASP 488 (Field Work, Internship or Study Abroad).   Students in consultation with his/her advisor will select the best option and opportunity to complete this  requirement.    Additional  required  courses  include SPE 302, HIS 365 or 366, SOC 304, ENG 409, POS 462 or PUA 304 and fulfillment of the university general education requirements.