Africana Studies Major

The Africana studies major is designed for students with an interest in shaping the world.

In the Africana studies major, students will understand the complexities, struggles, and successes of people of African descent that exist throughout the world.

Through an approach that combines the social sciences with those of the humanities, Africana studies critically examines the societies and peoples of Africa and African descent and their relationship to the world.

Africana Studies Major Sheet


The department offers concentrations in either the humanities or social sciences within the major. Read more about the concentration requirements in the requirements section.

Double Majors

Students are welcome to double major in Africana studies and another major and should decide on a major in their sophomore year. Examples of double majors include economics, communications, education, English literature or writing, history, sociology, theatre arts, and urban studies.


A list of courses for the Africana Studies major program of study is available here.


Africana Studies majors advisor:

Oronde Sharif 
4142 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Tel: 412-648-2276