The Africana Studies Department is multidisciplinary
The department's offerings range across the traditional fields of anthropology, art history, history, literature, political science, sociology, theater, etc. These disciplines are integrated by certain themes that underscore the uniqueness of the department.
First, subject matter focuses on African peoples and cultures and those peoples of the New World who are descendants of Africans. Second, the department's courses offer a non-Eurocentric and nonracial approach to the investigations, interpretations, and understanding of the experiences of African peoples and of the wider world social, political, and economic systems. Third, departmental courses broaden the scope and range of traditional disciplines and offer a corrective to those disciplines in which the knowledge of the presence, roles, cultural contributions, and experiences of African peoples and their descendants have been omitted or neglected.
We attract students of all ethnic backgrounds who benefit from exposure to academic materials and perspectives not otherwise available to them. Our award-winning faculty provides a challenging educational experience for students who appreciate the willingness of professors to mentor them.