Africana Studies concentrators have the chance to extend their learning outside the classroom by participating in research, internships, and study abroad.
Carter G. Woodson was an African-American historian and scholar who was instrumental in initiating Black Studies programs. Graduating seniors are eligible to submit work for the annual Carter G. Woodson Award in recognition of excellence for one of the following:
- An essay or scholarly paper on African, African-American, Afro-Caribbean and/or Afro-Latino history, literature, art, politics, economics, social institutions, or religion. Papers must be at least 15 pages in length, typed, double-spaced, and in 12 point Times New Roman font with default margins. A minimum of five sources should be consulted. Papers must abide by recognized style guidelines such as those of MLA or APA.
- An original project in the arts related to themes in the African, African-American, Afro-Caribbean, and/or Afro-Latino experience. This project may be a musical composition, a theatrical presentation, a project in the visual arts, or poetry.
All senior Africana Studies concentrators will be notified of the deadline when entries must be submitted to Susan Cunningham, associate director of concentrations, in Smith 329/331. An announcement of the winner will be made by the Provost's Office in April.
Course and Research Projects
Advanced research opportunities are available to students, where they work closely with a faculty member and present their research at the end of the year at the Holy Cross Academic Conference. Recent student research projects reveal the breadth of student work in the humanities, social sciences, arts, and STEM. Titles have included:
- “The Changing South Africa?”
- “Gandhian Non-violence and the Leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr.”
- “Roots Before Branches: An Investigative Look at Diaspora Tourism”
- “Still Separate, Still Unequal: Socioeconomic Integration as a Remedy to Racial Segregation in American Public Schools”
- “Wildlife Population Trends in a Pastoral Area of Northern Tanzania”
Students have studied at universities and programs all over the world including Australia, Kenya, Peru, the United Kingdom, and Tanzania.
For additional information, visit the study abroad site.
Studying at an Historically Black College or University (HBCU)
Students have the option of applying for a semester's study at an historically black college or university (HBCU), such as Howard University, Morehouse College, or Spelman College.
Washington and New York Semester Programs
Tutorials, Academic Internships, and Cross-Registration
Africana Studies concentrators are frequently involved in the following student groups.
- Black Student Union, a multicultural group dedicated to promoting black student presence and pride on campus.
- Caribbean African Student Assembly (CASA) shares African and Caribbean Culture with the Holy Cross community, and through special events and performances, brings the culture to life.
- Multicultural Peer Educators (MPEs), specially trained Holy Cross student volunteers who assist in programming, work with staff and residence assistants, and informally engage other students on topics of diversity.
- Fusion Hip-Hop Dance Team, a hip-hop dance group that combines influences from all styles of dance, and welcomes all dancers and dance enthusiasts to participate.
- Rhythm Nation Steppaz, the only step team on campus, which hosts tryouts yearly for students interested in performing at various campus-related events and offers workshops for others interested in learning.