Africana Studies Program
Africana Studies is an interdisciplinary program with a mission of teaching and conducting research in social sciences and humanities fields on the historical and contemporary experiences across the global African Diaspora.Majors & Minors
Learn about students who studied Africana Studies.
- Asiah came into Northeastern as a Nursing major, but quickly switched to a Psychology major. She began her African American Studies minor in her sophomore year.
- Asiah joined SIS (Sisters in Solidarity) in her sophomore year and stayed with the group through her junior year. She loved celebrating Black womanhood and bringing things from the classroom to the group.
- During her Human Services dialogue to London, Asiah took classes while doing an internship where she worked with young adults experiencing homelessness and mental illness.
- One of Asiah's favorite courses at Northeastern was The African-American Experience through Music with Professor Eric Jackson, where she learned about the Slave Bible for the first time.
- Asiah's two fields of study often overlapped. For example, she took a sociology course which discussed implicit bias, and then took an AFAM class with Gia Barboza where they also discussed implicit bias.
- The pandemic and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement inspired Asiah to go back into nursing post-grad. She plans to use her Psychology and African American studies knowledge in the field.
- During high school on a college trip, Cheyenne visited Northeastern's campus and was fascinated by the co-op program, making NU her top choice.
- Cheyenne entered Northeastern as a Communications major.
- During her freshman year, Cheyenne joined SIS (Sisters in Solidarity). She was able to find a longstanding community through the group throughout her Northeastern experience.
- Cheyenne completed a co-op during her sophomore year with Creative License, which inspired her to pursue a career in music supervision highlighting Black artists.
- After co-op, Cheyenne began thinking about minoring something she was interested in, and pairing that with her career path.
- Cheyenne declared her minor in Africana Studies during her third year after taking "Black Popular Culture," one of her favorite and foundational classes at NU.
- Cheyenne participated in Greenline Records and WRBB. They were great opportunities for her to get to know classmates within her major at Northeastern...
Abrielle De Veaux
- Abrielle transferred to Northeastern from American University during her second year, and decided to become a Psychology major and African American Studies minor.
- Abrielle was drawn to Northeastern because of the co-op experience as well as hearing positive things about the administration's efforts to prioritize Black voices.
- As a transfer student, her first priority was to find community on campus where she could be unapologetically Black - which led her to the Black Student Association.
- Abrielle began working with Professor Nicole Aljoe as a researcher with the Early Caribbean Digital Archive. She continues this research and finds it greatly rewarding.
- So far, Abrielle's favorite classes include Introduction to African American Studies and Black Popular Culture with Professor Fadeke Castor.
- In 2021, Abrielle interned at The Opportunity Agenda, a social justice communications lab.
- During Summer 2021, Abrielle will work at the Intersectionality Lab of Applied Psychology, studying the positionality of racial, gender, and sexual identities. ..
Africana Studies at Northeastern
Africana Studies is a truly global and interdisciplinary degree. College graduates with Africana Studies degrees have become doctors, lawyers, entertainers, politicians, public health professionals, diplomats, professors, astronauts, journalists, engineers, artists, poets, executives, entrepreneurs, and more! Africana Studies also relates to numerous other fields allowing students to take advantage of the field’s interdisciplinary nature by taking courses in other fields, or by pursuing a double major, combined degree, or a minor in another subject
Schools, Departments, and Programs
Africana Studies Program
American Sign Language & Interpreting Education
Asian Studies Program
Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies
Human Services Program
Jewish Studies Program
Philosophy and Religion
Politics, Philosophy, and Economics
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Sociology and Anthropology
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
World Languages Center