This concentration focuses on examining African peoples, societies, and nations from the perspective of their historical and political experiences from antiquity to the present. The concentration covers ancient civilizations, institutional formation, political thought, political and economic systems; leadership, ethnicity, race, color and gender relationships; and local, national, regional and international politics in Africana societies and nations. Related seminar may be chosen from other disciplines with the approval of the advisor and the chair of Africana Studies.
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.