Change Your Mindset

In 2023, the Department of Africana Studies offered its first class in West African Dance.

Africana Studies at URI lets you explore the rich diversity of African and African American social, cultural, political, and historical development. Our interdisciplinary program opens your world to the arts, humanities, and social sciences, and offers unique summer study abroad experiences in Ghana and Cape Verde.

Why Africana Studies at URI?

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

An Interdisciplinary Focus
The Africana Studies 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 major or minor is a great way to add a global and cultural focus to any degree.

Global Opportunities
In addition to our course offerings, the experiences offered by our Ghana and Cape Verde study abroad programs prepare you for a variety of global opportunities, such as work in humanitarian organizations, community development, and public service.

If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk with others.
– African Proverb