Africana Studies
Examining People of African Descent

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Africana Studies at Chapman The Africana Studies minor is designed to examine the histories, cultures, societies, literatures, and arts of people of African descent, and their contributions to world civilization.

The curriculum takes a transnational approach to the study of the Black experience and places it in a comparative context of Africa and the African Diaspora. The goal of the interdisciplinary curriculum is to provide a personalized education of distinction through a range of core and elective courses that allow students to determine areas of emphasis.

With faculty advisement, students will select a tailored course of study that introduces them to the key themes, concepts, intellectual traditions, and political movements of Africana Studies, laying a strong foundation for practical application and social engagement through the critical interrogation of race, geography, and power.

Africana Studies


What can you do with an Africana Studies minor?

An Africana Studies minor complements any Bachelor’s degree, not only disciplines pertaining to the study of individuals of African descent. Africana Studies is for anyone interested in the histories, literatures, aesthetics, spiritual, cultural, and political traditions of people of African descent. Students who take courses in Africana Studies will be equipped to productively analyze, critique, and deepen their understandings of important social justice issues to become stronger allies, activists, and agents of change. This interdisciplinary minor discipline teaches critical thinking and writing skills, as well as independent research which serve as assets to any career that will make you more marketable in the professional arena.

What careers does Africana Studies equip you for?

  • Medicine and Health
  • Visual Arts
  • Business
  • Publishing
  • Law and Criminal Justice
  • Science and Technology
  • Politics and Government
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Music
  • Journalism
  • Graduate Studies
  • Performing Arts and Entertainment
  • and others!
Ramya Sinha
'22, Business Major; Africana Studies and Sociology Minor
"I've had such an incredible experience with Africana Studies. I have learned so much already from this minor and I think that everyone should take Africana Studies classes because the information that you will learn and the growth that you will experience is invaluable."

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Program Directors

AAllenDr. Angelica Allen is an Assistant Professor and Director of Africana Studies. She received her doctorate in African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research has been awarded by the Ford Foundation and the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia.



Fall 2021 Course Offerings

Core Requirements:

  • AFST 101: Intro to Africana Studies
    Tu/Th 2:30-3:45pm
  • ANTH 301: Ethnographic Fieldwork
    Fr 1:00-3:00pm
  • SOC 370 – Race and Ethnicity
    Mo/We/Fr 11-11:50am
    Mo/We/Fr 12-12:50pm
    Tu 7:00-9:50pm


  • HIST 160 - African Voices: African History to 1800
    Mo/We 2:30-3:45pm
  • HIST 222 - Apartheid and Resistance in South Africa
    Mo/We 1:00-2:15pm
  • HUM 317 - Unsung Stories and New Expressions
    Tu 4:00-6:50pm
  • SOC 306 - Social Movements
    Tu/Th 2:30-3:45pm