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The mission of the Major in Africana Studies is to mentor intellectual leaders, develop emerging scholars and to train global citizens who are able to explore aspects of society from diverse perspectives in an ever increasingly global and interdisciplinary world.

As a community of international and interdisciplinary scholars, practitioners, and community leaders, the faculty aims to create and translate knowledge to meet global and societal needs.

Africana Studies majors are trained to explore the diverse areas of the discipline such as the history, culture, language, music, political systems and behaviors of peoples of African ancestry in the United States, the Caribbean, Africa and throughout the African Diaspora.

Common class activities consist of lectures, discussions, site visits, invited visitors, experiential activities, assignments, essays, reports, written or spoken reflections, digital engagements, and/or oral presentations.

  1. Students will deeply analyze and examine a variety of cultures, past and present, across the African Diaspora in general, and/or within a specific area of the Diaspora;
  2. Students will become conversant with the impacts and roles of key concepts such as intersectionality, race, power, and difference;
  3. Students will develop rigorous analytic and reflexive interdisciplinary skills in archival and community-based research and methodologies;
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to critically read, think and write, as they integrate appropriate theories and/or practice;
  5. Students will engage with at least one experiential education activity as demonstrated through a variety of avenues: student capstone research, service learning, volunteer work, a co-op in relevant content area, and/or enrolling in a Dialogue of Civilization in the Americas or continental Africa.