Given its subject matter, many people may suspect that a degree in Africana Studies is only for those who can lay a biological claim to Africa. However, Africana Studies is not just for Africans or people of African descent, though it certainly holds special meanings for those groups. Consider the following benefits of an Africana Studies major or minor:
- Understand the World from an Africana-informed Perspective
- Connect and Critique Various Forms of Inequality
- Achieve Your Personal, Professional, and Academic Goals
Understand the World from an Africana-informed Perspective
Africana is for anyone interested in how histories and ideas related to Africa, blackness, and race have shaped our world. It is for people who want to make sense of reality from the perspective of all the information that we have gained from African-descended thinkers, experiences, and cultures. Our core battery of courses in Africana theory, history, and literature provides a foundation for processing contemporary events and historical formations from an Africana perspective.
Connect and Critique Various Forms of Inequality
Present debates about race provide a powerful motivation for Africana Studies. But even beyond our present moment, Africana studies and related fields have been the home for pioneering critiques of perhaps the single most important social problem that affects us all: inequality. Black Studies helped to open a space for Women’s Studies and other identity-based programs, and it continues to debunk myths about white privilege, male power, and ethnocentrism. When done in a compassionate and thoughtful way, Africana Studies also has the ability to offer effective challenges to heterosexism, ableism, and other forms of discrimination that threaten to stigmatize a range of human differences.
Achieve Your Personal, Professional, and Academic Goals
With new capstone options, qualified Africana students can engage in learning experiences that bolster their preparation for graduate school, deepen their understanding of social problems, and practice skills that will make them more marketable in the professional world. Reduced and revised credit requirements enable students to degree more efficiently while also taking classes that speak to their own specific interests.