Africana Studies

102A Lippitt Hall, 5 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 02881

– 401.874.2536 

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Next Event- Reflections: Growing Up A Black Man in America, Nov. 11 at 7pm

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Join our vibrant community and explore the rich diversity of African and African American social, cultural, political, and historical development. Our interdisciplinary program draws on the arts, humanities, and social sciences, and offers unique summer study abroad experiences in Ghana and Cape Verde. We welcome students of every background to participate in today’s important conversations about race, and invite you to join us. We want to hear from you.

Interested in Africana Studies?


Africana Studies at URI

There are many things that you can do with a major or minor in Africana Studies. Our Letter To Incoming Students shows some of the paths that past students have taken and the possibilities open to all in our program.



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President Dooley Visits Ghana

DooleyGhana-300x239President Dooley recently returned from a trip to Ghana, and he was kind enough to sit down with us and share about the important partnership between the University of Rhode Island and Ghana’s University of Cape Coast, including future study abroad opportunities! Read the full interview here.




Student Spotlight:

antoineShawn Antoine II is the latest member of the Africana Studies community, adding our program as a minor to compliment his already packed schedule as a double Economics and Public Relations major. We sat down to talk about his current involvement in Student Senate, past achievements for his film The Movement, and his future plans for the entertainment industry. He gave his insider prediction for the Rams’ upcoming football season as an added bonus. Read on.

Why Africana Studies at URI?

A Welcoming Community

In our classes, lectures, performances, and other special events you will have the opportunity to interact and share ideas with students, faculty, and community members of all backgrounds. Participate in Africa Week each fall, and celebrate the diverse foods, music, culture, and history of Africa.

An Interdisciplinary Focus

The Africana Studies B.A. program draws on the arts, humanities, and social sciences, offering a wide range of courses that explore the history, culture, politics, and economics of people of African origin. The Africana Studies major complements a variety of other programs and many of our students elect to double major. An Africana Studies minor is also available.

Offering Global Opportunities

The design and content of the Africana Studies B.A. program, as well as the experiences offered by our Ghana and Cape Verde study abroad programs, prepare our students for a variety of global opportunities, such as work in humanitarian organizations, community development, and public service, among others.

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