Africana Studies


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The Africana Studies program offers an accredited interdisciplinary major in Africana Studies with concentrations in African, African-American, or Africana, and interdisciplinary minors in African, African-American, and Africana studies. The aim of the program is to provide students with a broad, interdiciplinary understanding of the culture and history of the peoples of Africa and of African descent. This understanding comes through the acquisition of different perspectives: historical, anthropological, cross-cultural, contemporary and artistic or literary.

All students are encouraged to share their enthusiasm and background in campus activities, with groups such as the Latin American Organization, International Students Club, the Pan-African Latin Organization, and Sankofa, the Black Student Union. Students are encouraged to go on the Senegal program as well.

Come meet with one of our faculty and sit in on a class. We would be happy to see you. The Admissions staff will gladly make the arrangements.

Mission Statement

Africana Studies examines Africa and its Diaspora, through an examination of the centrality of racism and colonialism in the construction of the modern world, and the importance of opposition and resistance to these forces in the pursuit of social justice. As an interdisciplinary field of study, the Africana Studies Program gives students the opportunity to complete a major in Africana studies or a minor in African studies, Africana studies, and African-American studies. The program faculty strive to enhance the educational development of students by providing them with academically challenging courses that develop students’ analytic, critical and creative thinking, writing and research skills. We do so by offering courses that explore the dynamic intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, class and culture. These courses aim to foster an in-depth understanding of the history, culture, literature, intellectual heritage and social, political and economic development of people of Africa and its Diaspora. Our curriculum focuses on impact of migration, imperialism, racism, nationalism, and globalization in shaping lives, ideas, and cultural identities. Through our work as teachers in the various sub-fields, hosting campus events, providing opportunities for off-campus study, and collaborative research we seek to equip students with the skills, tools, sensitivities and the knowledge necessary to be responsible citizens in a diverse and global society.


At HWS, students have the freedom to study at any of our Global Education destinations.

The featured abroad programs are recommended by Africana Studies based on content of the curricula.


Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.