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College of Arts & Sciences

Learn to think critically about the cultural, historical and social contributions and experiences of people from Africa and of African descent across ethnic, regional and national boundaries.

Our Africana studies courses combine traditional approaches to the field and cutting-edge scholarship that challenges stereotypical portrayals of Blacks the world over.

Africana Studies Minor Requirements

Explore Interdisciplinary Perspectives

The interdisciplinary program provides students opportunities to understand Africana studies through different lenses, including:

  • Art
  • Literature
  • History
  • Contemporary issues
  • Individual and interpersonal experiences
  • Performance
  • Politics

Gain Workplace Skills

A background in Africana studies complements any career field by providing a strong foundation in key workplace skills:

  • Critical thinking
  • Communication
  • Research
  • Writing
  • Cultural understanding

Address Societal Issues

The Africana studies minor will prepare you to address some of the crucial societal issues of today:

  • Immigration
  • Health policy
  • Justice and law reform
  • International relations
  • Educational equality
  • Workplace equity


Students must successfully complete 15 credit hours with a grade of C or better, including:

  • Six hours of upper division (300-400) level courses
  • Select two of the following courses: AFST 201 (Introduction to Africana Studies), or AFST 302 (Gateway Course to Africana Studies), or AFST 481 (Senior Seminar)
  • Select one of the following courses: AFST 200-499, or POLS 320, or SOCI 319/SPMT 319

To declare a minor in Africana studies you will need to contact Alain Lawo-Sukam.