Academic Programs

Africana Studies Major

The Africana studies major is designed for students with an interest in shaping the world. In the Africana studies major, students will understand the complexities, struggles, and successes of people of African descent that exist throughout the world.

Through an approach that combines the social sciences with those of the humanities, Africana studies critically examines the societies and peoples of Africa and African descent and their relationship to the world.

Concentrations

The department offers concentrations in either the humanities or social sciences within the major. Read more about the concentration requirements in the requirements section.

Double Majors

Students are welcome to double major in Africana studies and another major and should decide on a major in their sophomore year. Examples of double majors include economics, communications, education, English literature or writing, history, sociology, theatre arts, and urban studies.

Africana Studies/English Literature Joint Major

The joint major offers an especially coherent experience in interdisciplinary learning by bringing together Africana studies and English literature. Learn more in the joint major section.

Africana Studies Minor

A minor in Africana studies will allow students the opportunity to gain basic knowledge and perspectives about the people, cultures, histories, and conditions of the African Diaspora. Examples of majors with a possible interest in the Africana studies minor include economics, communications, education, English literature or writing, history, sociology, theatre arts, and urban studies. 

Study Abroad

Afro-Cuban History and Culture in Havana, Cuba  

Tracks

The minor is designed to allow students to focus on one cultural cluster in the Department of Africana Studies:

  • African-American culture
  • African culture
  • ​Multidisciplinary

Each track consists of 15 credits. Any exceptions must be approved by the Africana studies advisor. Learn more of the requirements for each track in the requirements section.