What is Africana Studies?

Africana Studies aims to provide students with a broad yet selective exposure to the study of people of African descent on the continent of Africa and in the African diaspora. Students work with advisers to construct an individualized program of study that values the following:

  • An anti-essentialist or diverse perspective: Students learn about many identities and worldviews, rather than one "Black culture."
  • A rigorous methodological perspective: Students learn to interpret specific historical and cultural evidence.
  • An interdisciplinary perspective: Students learn from different scholarly viewpoints.
  • An intercultural perspective: Students learn about how different cultures mix in Africa and the African diaspora.

Africana Studies Minors at Goucher explore the following four key interdisciplinary themes:

  • History
  • Politics
  • Cultural and Social Evidence
  • Expressive Discourses

What do I need to take to complete a minor in Africana Studies?

  • Introduction to Africana Studies (AFR 200)
  • Four 100- or 200-level courses, one from at least three of the four themes listed above
    • (Note: Of these four courses only one may be a 100-level course)
  • One 300-level course
  • Minimum 18 credit hours