Africana Studies was launched in 2009 as a new interdisciplinary and global program merging the major in Black Studies and the Global Studies concentration in African Studies. 

Majoring or Minoring in AFST

Students majoring in Africana Studies may choose from three tracks: African Studies, African American Studies, and African Diaspora Studies.  Those wishing to minor may declare the spring semester of their Senior year.  For major or minor faculty advising, students will please contact any of the faculty affiliates of Africana Studies.  For more  details on course requirements, please see the relevant sections in this website and in the Africana Studies portion of the current Undergraduate Catalog.

Student Activities and Research

Students are supported by over thirty affiliated faculty.  Majors are expected to engage in research in various forms, including independent study, Honors, and structured internships.  Majors and Minors are encouraged to combine their scholarly study with service learning, study away in the U.S., and study abroad, especially in Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. The Program is a lead sponsor of the W&M summer program in Cape Town, South Africa. In the near future, we hope to add summer programs in the Caribbean and Brazil.  The student-run African Cultural Society, Black Studies Club, and Africana House are open to all members of the William and Mary community.  

Careers and Graduate Study

Students with a major in Africana Studies (or its predecessors, African Studies and Black Studies) have attended graduate programs in various disciplines and professions.  Several alumni have joined the public sector at all levels, while others work for a variety of private employers.  Many served as Peace Corps volunteers or joined a variety of non-profit organizations in the U.S.   The analytical skills and broad perspectives acquired in this program permit graduates to engage in life-long learning or to prepare for myriad occupational opportunities.