Mission of Africana-World Studies

The Africana-World Studies major is structured around a set of core courses (12 credits); 15 credits chosen by the student from one track (either Humanities and the Arts or Social Sciences and Community Development); and 9 credits of electives from the other track. The core sequence outlines the scope and technical aspects of the field, with a portal, a methods course, and a capstone, while the tracks enable students to pursue study of the depth and breadth of a large, multidisciplinary body of knowledge, skills and issues.

The scope of the Africana-World Studies program includes the continent of Africa and its Diasporas in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, with special emphasis on the African-American and African-Caribbean experience. The Africana-World Studies department seeks to integrate analyses of race, class, gender, culture, migration, immigration, economics, politics, history, the arts, literature, community, nation building and globalization issues across the curriculum.

All majors must take 36 credit hours in the course offerings of the department as follows: core courses, 12 credit hours; 15 credit hours in Track I or Track II; major electives, 9 credit hours from second track. One of the core courses, AWS 2030: Fundamentals of Africana-World Studies (3 credits), is a major pre-requisite and must be taken by all majors before choosing a Track.

The major may be combined with various certification sequences for teaching certification in elementary education (Early Childhood, Elementary, P-3, K-6). The Department also provides various courses to satisfy the UCC, general education, and non-Western requirements, as well as general education electives that are intended to enrich the liberal education of all students. AWS 2250 is a UCC requirement and does not count towards the major.  A minor in AWS includes 15 credits of courses from either track as well as the AWS 2030.

Why major or minor in AWS?: The broad, deep, international, multicultural and multidisciplinary program prepares AWS majors for professional careers in urban studies, education, city planning, law, social work, journalism, business, real estate,  the ministry, government and international service. The major also provides valuable conceptual knowledge and practical skills for those students interested in community development and leadership, while also laying a solid foundation for graduate studies in the field of Africana-World Studies, as well as any of the more traditional and emerging non-Western disciplines. 

Dr. Djanna Hill, Interim Chair
Dr. Wartyna Davis, Associate Dean, College of HSS
Dr. Danielle Wallace, Faculty Senate Representative