What can an Africana studies minor do for you?

Study the traditions and experiences of people of African descent all over the world in our Africana Studies minor.

History, philosophy, political science, economics, anthropology, sociology, literature, music and theatre come together to help you understand and analyze key aspects of black life in Africa, the Caribbean and the United States.

In our culturally diverse society, it's essential to become familiar with African, African-American, and Caribbean cultures, traditions and values.

Faculty from a range of academic disciplines teach in our Africana Studies minor. From a history professor, you'll learn how the Civil Rights movement actually began in the 1860s. From a music professor, you'll take a closer look at the development of jazz. With a philosophy professor, you'll compare Plato's Republic to HBO's The Wire.

This minor pairs well with any of our majors, but may be of particular interest to philosophy, history, sociology, political science and theatre students.

No matter your background, Africana Studies will expand your worldview and enhance your understanding of your own heritage in interaction with other cultures.

Learning Goals:

  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze the cultural, historical, political, and social aspects of the African Diaspora.
  • Possess the critical vocabulary and concepts with which to describe and interpret the lived experience of people of the African Diaspora.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the interdisciplinary character of the field.

This is an interdisciplinary minor. The Africana Studies minor completes, with a grade of C- or better, AFRC-101 Introduction to Africana Studies and at least 16 semester hours in the following courses or other courses approved by the program coordinator. Students consult with a minor adviser to select courses and are expected to take a balance of upper- and lower-level courses. At least three of these courses must be at the 200-level or higher.

Double-counting restriction for interdisciplinary minors: Only 4 semester hours of this minor may be double-counted toward the student's major.

Semester Hours View Full Course Catalog >>
AFRC-101 Introduction to Africana Studies
AFRC-260 The Choreopoem
ENGL-245 Studies in Comparative Literatures of the Americas (Multicultural/Non-Western)
ENGL-250 World Literature (when offered as African Literature)
HIST-115 African-American History
HIST-171 African Civilization
HIST-172 Early Modern Africa
HIST-180 Latin America, 1492-1825
HIST-181 Latin America 1825-Present
HIST-314 The Long Civil Rights Movement
HIST-390 Topics in History (when offered as Violence, Terror and Race)
MUSC-102 A Study of Jazz
PHIL-130 Philosophy and Hip-Hop
PHIL-150 Race, Class and Ethics
PHIL-212/WMST-200 Feminist Philosophy
PHIL-214 Black Existentialism
PHIL-255 Philosophy and the City: Plato's Republic and HBO's "The Wire"
POLI-320 African Politics
PHIL-305 Topics in Philosophy (when offered as Philosophy of Race)
POLI-314 Diversity in American Politics
POLI-324 Issues in Comparative Politics (when offered as Comparative Democratization)
PSYC-350 Psychology, Culture, and Ethnicity
SOCI-202 Black Feminism I
SOCI-210 Caribbean Culture and Society
SOCI-316 Social Justice
SOCI-413/ANTH-413 Race, Ethnicity and Minorities
THEA-254 African-American Theatre History

Students are also encouraged to fulfill their Global Opportunities requirement by spending time immersed in cultures of the African continent and diaspora, for example GO Short or Long programs in South Africa, the Caribbean, or New Orleans.

Michael Thomas

Department: Philosophy
Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Email Address thomasm@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4487

Dave Ramsaran, Ph.D.

Department: Provost
Provost & Dean of the Faculty


Coleen Patricia Zoller, Ph.D.

Department: Philosophy
Professor of Philosophy

Email Address zoller@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4163

John J. Bodinger de Uriarte

Department: Sociology/Anthropology
Associate Professor of Anthropology


Gretchen Sue Lovas, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology

Email Address lovas@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4029

María L.O. Muñoz, Ph.D.

Department: History
Associate Professor of History


Edward S. Slavishak, Ph.D.

Department: History
Professor of History

Email Address slavishak@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4539

Harvey Edwards

Department: English & Creative Writing


Genovee Dominguez

Genovee Dominguez '19

"I wholeheartedly will say that the Africana studies program was one of the best decisions I made."

Taishiana Tsosie '21

Taishiana Tsosie '21

"Understanding people who are different from you stimulates thoughtful discussion, connections and provokes a different form of academic achievement."

Zaida Bryant

Zaida Bryant '19

"The program has expanded my worldview and helped me to understand more about my own culture."

Jahmir Wilson

Jahmir Wilson '20

"Having thought-provoking classes will make me a more well-rounded individual going into the future."

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