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

Chair and 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 the Black Experience 4 credits
  • AAST 245 - The Harlem Renaissance 4 credits
  • AAST 346 - Contemporary African American Literature: 1960-Present 4 credits
  • AAST 347 - Culture, History, and Identity: Caribbean Literature and the Politics of Survival 4 credits

Africana Studies Faculty

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Africana Studies News

African Art Gets New Home

February 8, 2017
The Allen Memorial Art Museum has 107 African art objects in its collection. With the opening on February 2, 25 objects are now on view. The installation was curated by students in the fall 2016 seminar, African Art in Museums: From Collection to Display.

Curricular Collaboration in Detroit

December 22, 2016
A curricular collaboration took place when two classes visited Detroit to meet with community members who are leading the charge for sustainability and revitalization efforts in the city's predominantly African American neighborhoods.