College of Arts and Sciences
Global African Studies

Program Summary

  • The Global African Studies Program is necessitated by the imperatives of a solid liberal education, properly conceived. We strive to create graduates imbued with an expansive sense of the human experience andtrained to identify unifying themes in this experience throughout history. 

    We share with John Henrik Clarke this belief: 

    “There is now a need for a global approach to Africana Studies, one that embraces the Africans in Africa, in North and South America, and in the Caribbean Islands who are just discovering that they are African people. Because history is both topical and ancient, and cannot be separated, there is no way to talk about Africana Studies without looking again at the roots of world history and the interplay among the histories of various peoples.”  

    Program Objectives

    To educate about all aspects of the global African experience in ways that take account of:

    • the specific experiences of Americans of African descent in the United States 
    • the experiences of peoples of African descent in the Americas 
    • the global distribution of African peoples and the diverse cultural forms that have resulted from this distribution  
    • the experiences of African peoples in the African continent  

    Students must complete 35 credits with a grade point average of 2.00. Students in the College of Arts and Sciences take HIST 120 for core; this course satisfies their additional college requirement in history. Courses selected for the minor in Global African Studies may include those which fulfill university core or elective requirements and those taken to fulfill a major.