African American and African Diaspora Studies

African American and African Diaspora Studies

Bachelor degree
48 months
Application deadlines: January 1
Processing time: 30 days
Application fee: $85
Intakes: September
International tuition: $58,920
Domestic tuition: $58,920

Program overview

Courses examine the cultural character of the African diaspora; its social institutions and political movements; its diversity in thought, belief systems, and spiritual expressions; and the factors behind the continuing burden of racial inequality. During their junior and senior years of study, students focus their research within a specific discipline or regional study relevant to the African diaspora. Students should consider a major in African American and African Diaspora studies if they are interested in careers where strong liberal arts preparation is needed, such as fields in the business, social service, or government sectors. Depending on one’s area of focus within the major, the African American and African Diaspora studies program can also prepare individuals for career fields like journalism, politics, public relations, and other lines of work that involve investigative skills and working with diverse groups. A major in African American and African Diaspora studies can also train students in graduate research skills and methods, such as archival research, and is very useful for individuals who are considering an advanced graduate degree such as the Ph.D.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



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We take a holistic approach when evaluating applicants for admission. A variety of factors inform our decision on a candidate. Curriculum and Grades We hope to see that a student is avidly pursuing intellectual growth with a rigorous course load. Context Family circumstances, secondary school, community, interests and access to resources. Extracurricular Activities The quality of a student's involvement in activities beyond the classroom. Character A student's personality, and the impact they will make on our diverse, residential campus. Fit The student's fit for the distinctive Columbia experience, which includes the Core Curriculum; a both traditionally collegiate and unmistakably urban campus life; and an Ivy League school where curious thinkers come to grow. Recommendations Evidence of intellectual curiosity and promise, classroom and school and community participation, and overall potential for the candidate to make an impact at Columbia, in the classroom and beyond. English Language Proficiency requirement: TOEFL 100 (Internet-based test) and 600 (paper-based test); IELTS minimum score of 7.0; DET (Duolingo English Test) minimum score of 120

Career opportunities

Students at Columbia University have a wide range of options for employment, including work-study programs, part-time jobs in university departments, internships both on and off campus, and teaching or research assistants. Career Centers in each School prepares graduating students to enter the job market.

Campus location

New York City , United States

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