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Africana Studies

From the scholarly to the working world

We study the cultures of Africa and its diaspora from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Our course offerings focus on African societies as well as on African-descended communities of the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America, and other African diaspora communities around the world. The faculty of Africana Studies are all specialists of Africana scholarship but trained in a variety of fields, among these literature, history, sociology, political studies, and anthropology. Our courses are mostly interdisciplinary and designed to integrate scholarship on race, gender, and class. Several of our courses are cross-listed with other units. We offer courses that fulfill the general education requirement as well as the intensive writing requirement.

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Message from the Chair

"Our department, which was founded in 1970 as a result of student activism, is one of the oldest departments of Africana Studies in the nation. We are committed to cultivating and bringing together a diverse community of students, scholars and artists interested in better understanding the experiences and contributions of people of African descent throughout the world." {Read More}

John Keene

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Coco Kim

After graduating with a degree in Graphic Design from SASN, alumna Coco Kim, a chef who appeared on the Food Network, found her calling in feeding and mentoring others.


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