There are 1.2 billion people of African descent. A fifth of them live in other regions, including North America, the Caribbean Basin, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, and Europe. We study their lives, their cultures, their achievements and their histories.
Both majors and minors in Africana Studies will study Africa and African peoples, examine the experiences and contributions of Americans of African descent, and focus on the dispersions of peoples from the African continent. Our coursework integrates multiple fields and often transcends disciplinary boundaries. Your coursework will cover history, sociology, economics, anthropology, political science, and religion. You will learn about the literature, music, drama, dance, and cinema created by people of Africa and African descent. Many of our courses do not have prerequisites and are appropriate for non-majors.