Department Mission 

The scope of the Africana-World Studies (AWS) department includes the continent of Africa and its diasporas in the Americas, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Asia, and Europe.  The Africana-World Studies major seeks to develop students' appreciation for the discipline's historical and ongoing emphasis on linking knowledge and practice, learning and service, community and campus, and academic excellence and social responsibility. The department also seeks to provide students and the univerisity community with an awareness of and sensitivity to issues of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and gender and their role in the human community and in human exchange.

The Africana-World Studies major is structured around a set of core courses - AWS 2030, AWS 2050, and AWS 4980 (9 credits).  The student then chooses 15 credits 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 develop a specialization in a multidisciplinary body of knowledge, skills and issues. 

Majoring in Africana-World Studies

All majors must take 33 credit hours in the course offerings of the department as follows: 9 credit hours of core courses; 15 credit hours in Track I or Track II; and, 9 credits hours in major electives from the second track. One of the core courses, AWS 2030: Fundamentals of Africana-World Studies (3 credits), is a major prerequisite and must be taken by all majors before choosing a track.

The major may be combined with teaching certification in elementary education (Early Childhood P-3 and/or Elementary K-6). The Department provides various courses to satisfy the UCC, in areas 3A (Ways of Knowing), 4 (Diversity & Justice), 6 (Global Awareness), and TI (Technology Intensive).  

Minoring in Africana-World Studies

A minor in AWS includes 18 credits: AWS 2030 and 15 credits of courses from either track.

Being an Africana-World Studies Scholar

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 students interested in community development and leadership, while also laying a solid foundation for graduate studies in the field of Africana Studies, or any of the more traditional and emerging disciplines. 

Dr. Djanna Hill, Chairperson
Dr. Danielle Wallace, Faculty Senate Representative