Africana Studies

Join our vibrant community and explore the rich diversity of African and African American social, cultural, political, and historical development.

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

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Quick Facts

  • 20 majors
  • 11 full and part-time faculty
  • You can add an Africana major to your transcript in only 10 courses
  • You can add an Africana minor to your transcript in only 5 courses

Degrees Offered

  • B.A. in Africana Studies

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Sponsored Events

  • Black History Month
  • Africa Week
  • MLK Day

Study Abroad Opportunities

  • Ghana
  • Cape Verde

History

The original African & African American Studies program (AAF) was established in 1972 to respond to the need for a more inclusive curriculum dealing with people of African descent. In 1998 the Rhode Island Board of Governors voted to give the program Department status.

The Africana Studies Department offers a Bachelor of Arts for students who complete the major in Africana Studies. The major is interdisciplinary, drawing on the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Its wide range of courses explore the history, culture, politics, and economics of people of African origin, particularly those who live in the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Central and South America.

Courses developed in the Africana Studies Department offer additional opportunities to all students to enrich their university experience in multicultural and international education. The department also functions as a center for the investigation of intercultural processes and development during this critical period in global relations and as a resource for the community as it responds to the growing need to broaden the conversation about race in America.

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