Engaged Africana Studies takes what you’re learning in your courses and puts it into practice through internships, research, study away, winter term, career exploration, and beyond.
Here’s a sampling of recent projects, field experiences, and post-graduate destinations for Africana studies majors.
Ways Africana Studies Majors Rise
- Black and Still Gold: Africana Cultural Approaches to Knowledge and Formal Education
- Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: How the Demolition of the Chicago Housing Projects Affected Gun Violence
- Conceptualizing a Developmental State in Post-genocide Rwanda
- Negotiating Respectability: Black Women’s Struggle for Self-Representation
- Contextualizing Jewell Gomez’s The Gilda Stories within a Black (Queer) Literary and Cultural Tradition
- “It Takes a Village”: How Investment in Self, Community, and Environment Can Influence Low-Income Black Children to Succeed
- BBDO, N.Y.: creating ads for major business accounts
- The Mad Factory, Oberlin, Ohio: mentoring youth and performing in summer production
- Northfield Mount Hermon Upward Bound, Northfield, Mass.: tutoring and mentoring underrepresented high school students
- Policy Matters Ohio, Cleveland: researching economic, transportation, and environmental issues in Ohio public policy
- Nation Building, Globalization, and Decolonizing the Mind: Southern African Perspectives, South Africa, Namibia
- Arts and Sciences University of Ghana, Legon
- Dannenberg Oberlin-in-London Program, England
- Dakar Institute of African Studies, Senegal
- Faculty and staff offer programs and services in cooperation with Afrikan Heritage House, a residence hall and the college’s Black collective and cultural center. Afrikan Heritage House welcomes students who want to heighten their understanding of African, Africana, and African-Caribbean traditions and issues. Students partake in Soul Sessions, art shows, poetry readings, the Kuumba festival, and other events.
- Graduates often pursue advanced work in professional and graduate schools, or begin careers in law, performing arts, education, public policy, or health care. The degree offers students opportunities for a life of service and meaning, to not only work in society but to help transform it.
First Destinations of Recent Africana Studies Majors
- Graduate Schools:
- PhD in philosophy, University of Pennsylvania
- MFA, Howard University
- JD, University of Michigan Law School
- MA in international and comparative education, Columbia University
- PhD in African & African diaspora studies; University of Texas, Austin
- MA in broadcast journalism, New York University
- MA in journalism, UC Berkeley
- MA in African American and African Studies, Ohio State University
- Biological sciences, University of Chicago
- Program coordinator, George Pullman Foundation, Ill.
- Assistant director of admissions, Northeastern University, Mass.
- Teacher, Urban Prep Charter Academy, Ill.
- Youth development director, Bridgeport, Conn.
- Court advocate, Fortune Society, N.Y.
- Program coordinator, Cancer Support, N.Y.
- AmeriCorps, Miss.
- Senior associate, Urban Land Institute, Washington, DC