College of Arts & Sciences

Africana Studies Program

Welcome to the Africana Studies Program

Africana Studies is the investigation of ideas, culture, experiences, literature, religion, philosophy, history, and ways of life of people of African descent.  Africa itself is rich in culture, language, art, philosophy, etc.  The richness of African life has taken on diverse forms in different parts of the world through the African diaspora.  In this program we examine many contributions made by people of African descent.  Many of our courses focus on the plight of African Americans in the US.  However, one of the functions of the program is to also help students learn more about Africa and the experiences of people of African descent outside of the US.  Students who wish to pursue a minor in Africana Studies must take at least six courses from the list of approved courses.