Africana Studies (AFS) is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach to studying and understanding the experiences of African and African-descended people. The Minor in Africana Studies explores the cultures, histories, philosophies, experiences, and multiple ways of knowing engaged in by people of African descent globally. The term ‘Africana’ encompasses Africa and the Global Diaspora that are the focus of the minor.


The Minor in Africana Studies is intended for any student with an interest in the world – locally or globally – regardless of their major or intended career path. The skills of interdisciplinary critical analysis that it seeks to foster are widely applicable and increasingly desirable across a range of careers: as an artist, author, curator, diplomat, educator (P–12 or college), journalist, lawyer, linguist; or in the fields of business, community organizing, health care, health science, human resources, government, international relations, nonprofit management, politics, or social work. If the student is considering pursuing graduate study, including a teaching credential, MA, or PhD, the student will find the minor of particular benefit.

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