The Africana Studies program examines from an interdisciplinary perspective the historical, cultural, and intellectual development of people of African descent on the African continent and in the New World. The program covers three geopolitical areas: Africa, North America (United States and Canada), and the Caribbean (including Latin America). The emphasis of the program is on the development of analytical skills and creative scholarship within a wide interdisciplinary exposure to the field of Africana Studies.
The Africana Studies program provides opportunities for (a) students who wish to minor in Africana studies, (b) students who are not concentrating on Africana studies but who wish to improve their understanding of the black experience, and (c) students who wish to supplement their work in related fields with courses offered by the program. The program also offers training to those considering careers in social work, education, journalism, law, business management, city planning, international affairs, and creative writing. Students with backgrounds in history, sociology, anthropology, literature, law, psychology, education, nursing, philosophy, politics and government, art, music, religion, economics, business, and communication arts will find that the African American Studies program offers them an important perspective with which to approach their respective disciplines in our multiracial society.
Upper-level Africana studies courses have a minimum writing requirement of 3,000 words, including examinations, reports, and term papers. This requirement must be filled in part by a written paper that is to be read, commented on and evaluated by the instructor and returned in time to allow for revision and reevaluation.