Jun 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

3090 Department of Africana Studies

962 One Park Place South

Jonathan Gayles, Chair
Lisa Shannon, Undergraduate Director

Africana Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of peoples of African descent nationally and globally. The field recognizes that the lived experiences of African and African descended peoples worldwide are impacted by a myriad of factors including cultural diversity, emerging technologies, and political economy.  As an interdisciplinary field of concentration, it offers, enhances, and critiques knowledge presented in the traditional disciplines and professions, scholarly and artistic accounts of the realities of the lives of peoples of African descent, and perspectives on social change. The Department of Africana Studies provides students with the intellectual origins, concepts, research, and models of the discipline; the knowledge and skills necessary for the study of group cultures; and a curriculum that contributes to the goals of Africana Studies and a culturally diverse education. Civic engagement, service learning, and a social justice orientation are fundamental aspects to the Africana Studies curriculum. Faculty and courses are drawn from the department itself and from other departments/schools/institutes in the university.

Interdisciplinary Programs

Social Justice Certificate  




      Africana Studies