Mission of Africana-World Studies

The Africana-World Studies major is structured around a set of core courses (9 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 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 major seeks to integrate analyses of race, class, gender, culture, migration, immigration, nation building and globalization across the curriculum.  The major incorporates topics related to economics, politics, history, the arts, literature and community.

The Africana-World Studies Major

All majors must take 33 credit hours in the course offerings of the department as follows: core courses, 9 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 prerequisite 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 P-3 and/or Elementary K-6). The Department provides various courses to satisfy the UCC, general education, and non-Western requirements, as well as UCC electives that enrich the liberal education of all students.

The Africana-World Studies Minor

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

Become 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-World Studies, or any of the more traditional and emerging non-Western disciplines. 

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