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For Prospective Students

Why We're Different

Our interdisciplinary emphasis connects local concerns with the diaspora.

Our curriculum focuses on research methods.

Our courses promote a breadth of international understanding.

Our students have opportunities to broaden their understanding through study abroad, internships, and engagement in the community.

Our Africana Studies students develop a habit of thinking that is interdisciplinary and analytical, and a habit of heart that is cross-culturally empathetic. You will explore the history, cultural traditions, politics, and economics of the many countries that make up the African continent. You will begin to understand the diversity of experiences of African people as they have adapted to new lives across the globe.

Degree Programs

Courses cover topics from medieval African history to the Harlem renaissance and the history of hip-hop. See the Undergraduate Catalog to explore the complete list of Africana Studies courses.


Our majors engage in undergraduate research in various forms, including independent study, Honors, and structured internships.

Study Abroad

Majors and minors are encouraged to combine their scholarly study with service learning and study abroad/away, especially in Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

Student Activities

The student-run African Cultural Society and Africana House are open to all members of the William & Mary community.


The analytical skills, broad perspectives, and leadership experience acquired in this program prepare our graduates for many types of careers. Africana Studies alumni work in all sectors of the economy. Some move directly from graduation into careers in public or private enterprises, while others continue their studies at graduate or professional schools.  Many serve as Peace Corps volunteers or join other nonprofit organizations. 

Talk to Us

Want to know more? Our faculty want to connect with you. Email your questions to [[avgreen, Professor Omiyẹmi Green, Africana Studies Program Director]].

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