Emeritus Professor of Africana studies Booker Peek talks with a student about current events. Photo credit: John Seyfried

Africana Studies

Program Type:
  • Major
  • Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Africana studies prepares students, not only as adept critical thinkers, presenters, and researchers, but also as valuable global citizens. Because Africana studies is a multidisciplinary department, we offer courses to students of any major—knowledge to expand your worldview and deepen understanding of people of African ancestry.

Program Director

Pamela (Pam) Brooks

Jane and Eric Nord Associate Professor of Africana Studies
Department Affiliation

David Divins

Administrative Assistant 440-775-8923

Why Study Africana Studies at Oberlin?

Associated Faculty
Variety of Courses
Program House

Sample Courses

  • AAST 101 - Introduction to Africana Studies 4 credits
  • AAST 191 - West African Dance II 4 credits
  • AAST 268 - Black Arts Workshop 4 credits
  • AAST 357 - Empire and Resistance in the Caribbean (Haiti, Jamaica, Grenada, & Trinidad) 4 credits

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Q&A with “What is Sanctuary?” Panelists

February 8, 2018
The concept of sanctuary is often part of today’s discussions about immigration, but the idea of providing sanctuary has ancient roots. Learn about the different meanings and practices during “What is Sanctuary?” on Tuesday, February 13.