Africana Studies

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What is Africana Studies?

The Africana Studies major is designed to empower students with a knowledge base that will afford them an in-depth understanding of an African and African American centered perspective. Students in this field of study will develop an awareness of the African diaspora that embodies critical thinking, parallel reasoning/inquiry and sensitivity to the issues of social class, gender, race, culture and ethnicity. Upon completion of an undergraduate degree in Africana Studies, students have a foundation which prepares them to pursue careers in education, urban planning, business, entertainment, media, journalism, government, politics, international services, social work, criminal justice, counseling, and other employment ventures.  Students continuing their education in graduate studies are successful in pursuing careers in Law, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Entertainment and Education to name a few. Students are encouraged to seek internships, as well as opportunities to study abroad. The Africana Studies major affords its students, indeed encourages and empowers them, to pursue careers in the public and private sectors with competence, conscience and compassion.

The Department of Africana Studies provides students an opportunity to develop as scholars and engaged community members.  Indeed, community engagement is a central pillar of our department. Students develop as critical thinkers inside the classroom and apply those analytical skills to the world around them to champion justice and liberation of Africana peoples and cultures.  The rich tradition of student activism has been a hallmark of our department since its historic founding in 1969.