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Africana Studies

Professor teaching Black American Studies

College of Arts and Sciences

Africana Studies

Africana Studies is a multidisciplinary program with its basic content in the social sciences and humanities. The B.A. prepares a student to develop a complex and critical assessment of the social, political, intellectual and artistic dimensions of the African American and African Diasporic experience through comparative analyses of articles, books, film, art and archival material, to effectively communicate that knowledge orally and in written work and to apply their skills in projects that provide service to black communities in the region. This knowledge and these skills may be effectively incorporated into virtually any career path the student chooses.

Areas of study

  • African Culture
  • Caribbean Culture
  • African American Literature
  • Hip Hop
  • African American History

Career options

  • Education
  • Legislative and Public Affairs
  • Counseling and Community Organizations
  • Journalism
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Personnel Management
  • Social Services
  • Fashion Industry

Graduate Programs

  • Law
  • Business
  • Medicine
  • Education
  • Literature

What’s special about this program?


We have created a major that is flexible and that promotes skills of analysis, research, writing, speaking, service and learning. We offer three different opportunities for study abroad in South Africa, Ghana and Barbados. Students who major in Africana Studies often also major in English, History, Sociology and Education. They go to graduate school, law school, journalism school and they also teach. Students have also obtained jobs in government and otherwise pursue useful and productive careers.

Sample curriculum



Introduction to African American Studies

History of Africa



Seminar in Composition



Contemporary Mathematics or higher




First Year Experience

University Breadth Courses



Foreign Language Course



Elective Courses



Contemporary African American Issues



Survey of African American Culture



University Breadth Course



Foreign Language Course



Concentration Course


  Discovery Learning Experience



African American History to the Civil War



African American History since the Civil War

Elective Courses



2nd Writing Course



Concentration Course


  University Breadth Course



interdisciplinary Approaches to African American Studies



Senior Colloquium

University Breadth Courses



Concentration Courses


  Elective Courses

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