The undergraduate program in Africana Studies (AFST) employs rigorous interdisciplinary and comparative approaches for the study of the 1.2 billion people of African descent, a fifth of whom are in the Diaspora. The central mission of the program is to prepare students for lifelong learning, graduate study in various fields, and careers in private and public organizations across the globe.
Courses offered through the program engage students in a critical examination of the intellectual, political, economic, and cultural challenges and achievements of Africans and African-descended peoples. The study of these diverse and dynamic traditions does much more than embracing the centrality of race. It also encompasses imperial, national, ethnic, linguistic, and religious currents and intersections in such far-flung settings as Africa, North America, the Caribbean Basin, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, and Europe.
The Program draws on wide-ranging fields of inquiry including history, sociology, economics, anthropology, political science, religion, literature, music, drama, dance, film, and the visual arts. Through coursework that integrates and at often transcends disciplinary knowledge, students learn to appreciate the specificity of Africa and its offshoots, the ways in which local and global forces interacted to shape a shared identity of Blackness as well as community-specific identities, and the trajectories of syncretism and other forms of inter-cultural exchange.
Although we strive to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information on the curriculum and requirements, the most authoritative source is the Undergraduate Catalog for the relevant academic year. It is available each year at the beginning of the Fall semester.