Director’s Welcome

Welcome to the Africana Studies Program!



On these pages, you will find information about our interdisciplinary program, its faculty, undergraduate studies, research, cooperative studies, and much more!

The Africana Studies Program is an interdisciplinary department 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. The program offers a major with a choice of two concentrations, combined majors, two minors, and a host of elective courses based in interdisciplinary approaches to the study of history, culture, language, political systems, and behaviors of peoples of African ancestry in the United States, the Caribbean, Africa, and throughout the African Diaspora. All courses are open to all students.

Our course offerings span a broad register from the early days of colonization and enslavement to contemporary issues, such as Hip Hop Culture, Jazz, and the experiences of Africans both in the continent of Africa and throughout the Diaspora. Our program has particular strengths in the broad areas of:

Because Africana Studies relates to numerous other fields this allows for maximum flexibility and highlights these connections with cross-listed courses in other fields, or by pursuing a double major, combined degree, or a minor in another subject. Moreover, by combining Africana Studies with experiential learning through co-op, service learning, study abroad and/or Dialogue of Civilizations ( programs in countries like Kenya, students can get practical experience that offers greater flexibility after graduation. Graduate and professional schools like Africana studies majors/minors because of the rigorous course of study necessitated by the interdisciplinary nature of the field.

Finally, African American 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! Majors include: Angela Bassett (actor), Mae Jemison (astronaut), Thelma Golden (museum director), Marc Morial (Director, The Urban League), Nicole Childers (executive producer, NPR).

In closing, I welcome you to stop by our program offices on the second floor of Renaissance Park.


Dr. Nicole N. Aljoe

Director, Africana Studies Program