Program Overview

Africana Studies

The major in Africana studies prepares students to become adept critical thinkers, presenters, and researchers, as well as valuable global citizens. Because Africana studies is a multidisciplinary degree program, we offer courses to students of any major—knowledge to expand your worldview and deepen understanding of people of African ancestry.

professor sitting at table along with four other students
Program Director and Associate Professor of Africana studies Darko Opoku teaches African Politics through the First-Year Seminar Program.
Photo credit: Matthew Lester

Program Facts

Program Director

Darko Opoku,
Associate Professor of Africana Studies


Africana Studies Faculty

The multidisciplinary Africana Studies Program draws its chair, faculty, and affiliate faculty from throughout the college, who are committed to teaching wide-ranging subjects concerning the African and black experience. Subject specialties include African history, African diaspora, Africana philosophy, film, art, politics, and black feminist theories.

Africana Studies News

This Week in Photos: Creativity and Strength

November 13, 2020

Inspirational words and chalk drawn images on the sidewalks of Wilder Bowl greeted those passing by this past week. This chalk walk exercise resulted in several standout images featured in this week’s photo series.
A girl draws with chalk on a sidewalk.