Africana Studies

Lippitt Hall Rm 102, 5 Lippitt Rd, Kingston, RI 02881

– 401.874.2536

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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 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.

He who refuses to obey cannot command.  ~Kenyan Proverb


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  • student with two school children in Ghana
  • graduates
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  • colorful African beads
  • group photo of students with teachers and schoolchildren in Ghana

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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