Department of Africana and American Studies

Africana and American Studies Students holding awards.

Serving as the university’s gateway for exploring cultural connections across borders, identities and time, the Department of Africana and American Studies operates in a unique niche between theory and practice, research and social engagement, and humanity and the environment.

Experiential Learning

Our department’s experiential learning opportunities provide students with the chance to deepen their understanding of the world beyond the classroom.

  • Put your studies to work in the real world by interning with a local organization
  • Pursue a subject that sparks your curiosity through independent study
  • Take your education overseas through a study abroad program and see the world from a different perspective


In an increasing complex global society, cultural fluency has become a crucial indicator of future success. With this in mind, the Department of Africana and American Studies re-centers scholarship around skill-sets, personal goals and problem-solving, preparing students to thrive and excel in a variety of career fields.


  • BA in African-American Studies
  • BA in American Studies
  • MA in American Studies 
  • PhD in American Studies


  • Minor in African-American Studies
  • Minor in American Studies
  • Minor in Latina/Latino Studies
  • Minor in Polish Studies