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Africana Studies

Director: Nadine Knight 
Fenwick 227A

Associate Director of Concentrations: Susan Cunningham
Smith 331

Academic Administrative Assistant: Karen Todd
Smith 331

Africana Studies Mission Statement

Students in Africana Studies examine the histories, politics, cultures, and economies of Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe using methods from multiple disciplines including history, sociology, political science, languages, literature, religion, and music.

While race is a power social construction used to oppress people of color from the past to the present, Africans and people of African descent have engaged and transformed ideas about identity, belonging, gender, ethnicity, “blackness,” and “whiteness” all over the world.   

  • Courses address intellectual achievements, cultural traditions, social institutions, and political movements of people of African descent.
  • The concentration encourages a global perspective of the past and the present.
  • Speakers, arts events, forums, and internship