As a field of inquiry, Africana Studies describes and analyzes the origins and experiences of people of African decent wherever they live or have lived. This field is informed by the intellectual traditions of African American, African and African Diasporic studies. While it has a renewed focus on the connections and movements of African descended people from different sites of Africa and the diaspora, it also values in depth study of Black people in discrete local, regional and national contexts. This field is inherently comparative, international, and interdisciplinary in approach. It is vital to embrace the range of fields in the humanities and social sciences-including the performing arts.  

Courses and Requirements

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Five College African Studies Certificate

The Five College Certificate in African Studies offers students an opportunity to pursue an interest in African studies as a complement to any academic major. Drawing on the expertise and courses offered by more than 50 faculty members across the five campuses, students pursuing the Five College African Studies certificate work closely with a faculty advisor to plan a uniquely tailored course of study. See also the list of requirements for more information.