Africana Studies: Your Window to the World

Students major in Africana Studies to increase their awareness, understanding, and appreciation for the history, cultures, and contributions of peoples of African descent. In situations involving intensive contact with persons of African descent, such as in the fields of education, health, psychology, social work, and criminal justice, an Africana Studies major or minor gives students particular advantages in the job market. For example, students acquire cultural competencies and increase their historical awareness of African and African diasporic populations. This crucial knowledge heightens their understanding of the contemporary socio-political dynamics in the communities where they live and work. Many students choose to take a double major in Africana Studies and another discipline, in order to further enhance their career and professional goals.

Africana Studies majors often pursue graduate studies leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, and professional careers in law and medicine. A degree in Africana Studies can enable a student to secure employment overseas, in Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America.