Undergraduate Programs


Experiential learning is a hallmark of the Africana Studies bachelor’s degree program at The University of Toledo. Africana Studies majors can take the knowledge they learn in the classroom into communities across America and the world.

The program seeks to promote greater understanding and improvement of socio-economic life in the black community, nationally and globally. Africana Studies undergraduates take classes across disciplines. This is an excellent program for students who are intellectually curious and passionate about social justice.

Top Reasons to Study Africana Studies at UToledo

  1. Flexibility.
    UToledo’s Africana Studies bachelor’s program offers a flexible online and on-campus curriculum. The majority of core Africana Studies classes are online.
  2. Independent learning.
    Students are encouraged to follow their interests. Africana Studies majors work closely with faculty on a required senior seminar on a topic of their choice.
  3. Service learning.
    Putting classroom learning to work in the community is crucial to this program. UToledo has relationships with local organizations such as:
    • MLK Kitchen for the Poor
    • Frederick Douglass Community Association
    • Boys and Girls Clubs of Toledo
  4. Study abroad.
    UToledo undergraduates can learn and complete research through the Department of Africana Studies’ Institute for the Study and Economic Engagement of Southern Africa. Students have traveled to:
    • Botswana
    • Ghana
    • Mozambique
    • South Africa
  5. Community engagement.
    A brown bag lunch program brings community leaders to campus to discuss current issues.
  6. Do more with your degree.
    The University of Toledo is a comprehensive, public university. Double-major or minor in programs like sociology, anthropology, communication and more.

 

What jobs can I get with an Africana Studies degree?

Employers love UToledo Africana Studies graduates because of their strong critical and analytical skills and fierce sense of social justice. Africana Studies graduates are hired by:

  • Municipal and state agencies
  • Health agencies and hospitals
  • Corporations
  • News media
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • U.S. federal agencies
  • Nonprofits
  • Universities/schools

Hands-On Learning Opportunities

At UToledo, we take you beyond the textbooks and the four walls of a classroom. These real-world experiences are what help our graduates gain professional skills and land jobs.

Internships

Finding an internship is easy thanks to UToledo’s robust community partnerships with companies and organizations around the region.

UToledo Africana Studies students have worked with:

  • Toledo Central City Neighborhoods
  • Sierra Club
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City

Internships help you:

  • Gain practical experience
  • Build your resume
  • Refine your skills
  • Cultivate contacts

Internships often lead to full-time jobs after graduation!

Career Services can help you track down job opportunities. You also might be able to receive academic credit for your internship or job.

Research

UToledo is known for its undergraduate research opportunities. Start as early as your freshman year. Work with faculty who enjoy collaborating with students.

99
undergraduates received research funding (2022)
21,000+
hours spent by undergraduates on research

Our Office of Undergraduate Research can:

  • Connect you to faculty mentors and projects
  • Help you find funding
  • Help you present your research at conferences and other events

Study Abroad

Travel, experience new cultures and meet new people — all while earning college credit.

UToledo undergraduates can learn and complete research through the Department of Africana Studies’ Institute for the Study and Economic Engagement of Southern Africa. Students have traveled to:

  • Botswana
  • Ghana
  • Mozambique
  • South Africa

UToledo's Education Abroad Office can help you find the perfect opportunity. You can apply for grants, scholarships and financial aid to help fund study abroad.

  • Semester at Sea
  • Short-term, summer and faculty-led trips
  • Direct exchange programs with other universities
  • Teach English abroad
  • Global health program (med student clerkships)
  • Rocket Kids (work with youth around the world)

Rocket Kids Semester

The Rocket Kids program offers University students a fall, spring or summer semester internship providing recreational programming to U.S. military youth while experiencing the world in locations such as Germany, Italy, Belgium and The Netherlands.

Rocket Kids interns will gain practical experience in programming, leadership, health and wellness, creative arts, performing arts, cultural and literary arts, team and individual sports, adventure and outdoor recreation and STEM education.

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On-campus and Part-time Jobs

  • Learn skills that prepare you for a career after graduation.
  • Build your resume.
  • Earn money.

If you want to work, there are plenty of opportunities on campus and at businesses near campus. If you demonstrate financial need, you may qualify for the federal work-study program.

Student Organizations

Our most successful students get involved.

UToledo has 400+ student organizations that will help you:

  • Make friends.
  • Build your resume.
  • Network.
  • Be a leader.
  • Serve your community.
  • Have fun!

Tuition and Scholarships

Most new students don't pay full price. 94% of new UToledo students receive scholarships or other state and federal aid.

Keep in mind: Your cost will vary by college, program and a host of other options. This is the average amount full-time students pay per year.

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Choose Ohio First scholarship

Ohio residents who have been accepted into this STEM program are eligible for the Choose Ohio First scholarship — a four-year, renewable scholarship.

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Honors College

The Jesup Scott Honors College at The University of Toledo offer our best and brightest the resources and opportunities needed to unlock your fullest potential. Whether you aspire following graduation to cure disease, innovate technology, advance statecraft, redefine markets, or express creatively, together we can fuel vibrant and promising tomorrows.

Honors students come from a variety of countries, backgrounds and cultures. While we may bond over a tough class, our differences make us blossom.

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Benefits of Honors

The Honors College is a community of academically gifted students from all majors on campus. Students take unique Honors classes taught by dedicated Honors faculty and complete an Honors thesis or capstone project in their major, earning the Honors medallion at graduation within their normal program of study. Honors students are challenged to think more deeply and broadly about what they learn. With special academic, cultural, and professional development opportunities, their education extends beyond the classroom.

Honors students can also choose exclusive housing in the Honors Academic Village or the historic McKinnon, Scott and Tucker Halls.

Explore more about what the Honors College can offer you as a budding professional, inquisitive scholar, and engaged person.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last Updated: 1/22/24