Learn critical approaches that will enable you to better conceptualize and engage the complex and distinctive experiences, lives, and contributions of peoples of African descent throughout the Diaspora with an Africana Studies major or minor.

Among students of all backgrounds, you will:

  • Explore the varied expressions of traditional and contemporary African, African American, and Caribbean cultures.
  • Re-assess the ways in which Africans and Afro-descendants engage with past and present social, economic, spiritual, and psychological realities in the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean.
  • Establish a solid grounding in philosophical traditions, epistemological approaches, theories, and paradigms of people of African descent.
  • Learn contemporary strategies for achieving justice and equality and enhancing life opportunities for people of African descent.
  • Develop interdisciplinary skills of investigation, analysis, and communication.

As an Africana Studies graduate, you will be well prepared for graduate study or a career in a variety of fields (international development, government and nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector), incorporating analyses of race, culture, and identity—essential in an increasingly globalized world.