The Department of Africana Studies in the College of Arts and Humanities offers a major and a minor in Africana Studies. Africana Studies is primarily a peoples and culture-based discipline which investigates Africana peoples’ experiences. These experiences range from earliest human civilizations through the tragic era of enslavement, colonization, uprootment, to the forced migration and displacement of African peoples. The intellectual framework that sets Africana Studies apart from other disciplines is that it explores the subject area from the perspective of Africana peoples’ interests, aspirations, possibilities, and envisioned destinies. The foundation of the discipline rests on an understanding and appreciation of African peoples’ worldview and philosophy of life as the starting point for all Africana intellectual inquiry. The BA degree and minor program offered by the department emphasizes an examination of the theoretical and empirical characteristics of the African world experience from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
Persons with an Africana Studies background are employed in a wide range of careers such as counseling, social work, international consultant, Foreign Service, public relations, educational administration, media, management, urban planning, librarianship, law, and law enforcement. The Department of Africana Studies provides undergraduate training for students interested in developing careers in teaching, academic research, international relations and community development. Often graduate work is required in certain job categories.