Africana Studies

Africana Studies encompasses centuries of history and culture — from the first African and European American relationships to modern day diaspora studies.

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Delve into the past to understand the present — and make a positive impact on the future

Our students are intellectually curious and socially aware. They focus on issues of race, gender and class and leave ready to use their knowledge to improve their communities.

You'll be challenged to think critically, analyze complex data, and master research technology — a firm foundation for successful careers or future graduate study.

Learn more about the benefits of this major.

Many of our students tailor their studies to their interests and career goals by adding minors or double majoring. Some common areas of focus that complement Africana Studies include:

  • Humanities, such as literature, film, journalism or communications
  • Social sciences, like research, public policy, or health care
  • Physical sciences, including environmental studies
  • Interdisciplinary studies, commonly women's studies, management, or education

Students interested in dual-degree programs, double-majors or self-designed majors can consult with department faculty to design an individualized program.

A minor in Africana Studies is also for available for those outside the major. The minor requires:

  • AST 355 Senior Thesis
    or AST 300 Seminar in Selected Topics in Africana Studies

One course from:

  • AST 101 Introduction to Africana Studies
  • AST 102 Black Cultures in U.S. Society
  • AST 240 African American Intellectual and Political History

And three additional courses at the 200 or 300 level.

So you know that Simmons is a great place to be, you've learned about our programs, maybe even come for a visit...now you're ready to apply! Let's get started

Our Faculty

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Janie Ward

  • Professor and Chair, Department of Africana Studies and Education, Faculty Fellow in Mentoring
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Theresa Perry

  • Professor Emerita, Department of Africana Studies and Education