Africana Studies - Minor
The interdisciplinary minor in Africana Studies provides students with a unique opportunity to think critically about the cultural, historical, and social contributions and experiences of people from Africa and of African descent across ethnic, regional, and national boundaries. Africana Studies courses are a comingling of traditional approaches to the field and cutting edge scholarship that challenges stereotypical portrayals of blacks the world over.
Because the Africana Studies minor is interdisciplinary, students can draw on courses from across the College of Liberal Arts. Students also complete core classes in the Africana Studies discipline. The interdisciplinary nature of the program provides students opportunities to understand Africana Studies through different lenses, including art, literature, history, contemporary issues, individual and interpersonal experiences, performance, and politics.
A background in Africana Studies complements any career field by providing a strong foundation in key workplace skills: critical thinking, communication, research, writing, and cultural understanding. Additionally, the Africana Studies minor prepares students to address some of the crucial societal issues today: immigration, health policy, justice and law reform, international relations, educational equality, and workplace equity.