The minor in 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.

Programs in Africana Studies