The Africana Studies minor will complement your major and truly stand out on your resume. It is an interdisciplinary program that offers students a way to study Africa and its diasporas throughout the globe, primarily through the humanities and social sciences. It will provide you with a unique understanding of the histories and cultures of Africa, a continent of increasing importance in the world economy, and of peoples of African descent in the Americas and elsewhere. The range of courses you may take in the Africana Studies minor will complement your major and truly stand out on your resume. African Studies may prepare you for any number of career or educational paths after graduation. It is an excellent minor for students interested in pursuing graduate or professional degrees in fields such as medicine, law, business, education, humanities, economics, and more.
The Africana Studies Minor
Where can I learn more about minoring in Africana Studies?
Interested students should meet with either the Africana Studies faculty coordinator, Chantal Thompson or one of the counselors at the Kennedy Center Advisement Center (273 HRCB).
How do I declare a minor in Africana Studies?
Go to the Kennedy Center Advisement Center (273 HRCB), where the secretaries will assist you.
The major is governed by an interdisciplinary Executive Committee of faculty from at least two disciplines that meets as needed. An interdisciplinary Committee of the Whole, made up of a larger group of faculty from various disciplines, approves the work of the Executive Committee and makes major curriculum changes. Most of the assessment of the major is done by the major coordinator through competency exams and surveys of graduates. The Executive Committee and the Committee of the Whole review the results of these exams and surveys and make recommendations for needed changes. The results of the assessment work are communicated annually to all faculty affiliated with the major. At that time the faculty comment on the assessment results and those same results inform decisions regarding the curriculum structure of the major.
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Africana Studies is great if you are interested in working with government agencies, NGOs, or international organizations in medicine, development, and global business. The interdisciplinary courses of the African Studies minor, and the opportunities you will receive for participation in campus events, internships, and study abroad, will provide you with a unique understanding of the history and cultures of Africa, a continent of increasing importance in global politics and the world economy.