Africana Studies

Major and Minor

Africana Studies is an interdisciplinary field that spans humanities, social sciences, and science-based fields such as public health and environmental studies. Africana Studies draws upon literature, art history, music, anthropology, medical history, political and social movements, and disease prevention. Africana studies encourage students to pursue a broad inquiry into the ideas and experiences of African peoples throughout the world and to make a comparative inquiry into the achievements and experiences of African peoples in Africa, the African Americas, and African Diasporas around the world.

Highlights of the Hopkins Program

Students work with faculty advisors to select courses that reflect their individual interests. Students may elect to focus on a particular area, such as Africa or African America. Students are encouraged to complement and enrich their course work by exploring opportunities for study and research in African, African American or African diasporic communities in or beyond the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, but throughout the world. Through research, course work, and public programs, the Center for Africana Studies seeks to promote fundamental inquiry into the commonalities and contrasts between contemporary and historical experiences of Africans and African Americans and the place of African Diasporas in both local and global contexts, historically and in the present.


Sample First Semester Schedule

  • An introductory course or two in Africana Studies
  • Consider an elective N, Q or E course to begin Distribution requirements.
  • A Humanities or Social Science course
  • Two elective courses
  • Total 12-17 credits

Career Exploration

Skill Set
The “real world” skills you’ll develop with a major in Africana Studies:

  • Critical engagement of people of African descent
  • Recognize economical, educational and political disparities
  • Understanding of the commonalities & contrast between Africans and African Americans
  • Intellectual engagement with questions of race, class differences, and perspectives

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