Africana studies is an interdisciplinary concentration that examines the cultures, histories, and politics of African peoples on the African continent and throughout the African diaspora. The Africana studies concentration teaches students to use diverse historical, political, ethnographic, artistic, and literary forms of analysis. Through these interdisciplinary studies, students trace the historical and cultural connections between Africa and the rest of the world and explore their importance for African peoples and the nature of modern, global society.
Concentration in Africana studies must be combined with a major in a traditional disciplinary program. Ideally, a student will moderate simultaneously in Africana studies and the disciplinary program. Before Moderation, a student is expected to take at least three Africana studies courses or Africana studies cross-listed courses, including the core course, Introduction to Africana Studies (
Africana Studies 101), or the equivalent. Before graduation, the student must take two additional Africana studies or crosslisted courses, including one 300-level seminar. The Moderation and Senior Project boards should each include one Africana studies core faculty member.