Black/Africana Studies Department


Undergirded by the three basic areas of focus of the discipline of Black Studies, which are cultural grounding, academic excellence, and social responsibility, the Black/Africana Studies Department is committed to providing students with the opportunity to critically study the history, culture, and lived experience of Black people. We are also committed to ensuring equity in higher education, which ultimately leads to a more educated, equitable, and inclusive society.


  • Do you need to take an Area F: Ethnic Studies course?  We offer the following Area F: Ethnic Studies approved courses:
    • AFRS 100: Introduction to Africana Studies
    • AFRS 107: Black Womanist & Feminist Thought (fall 2024)
    • AFRS 108: Black Politics: Social and Racial Justice Movements (fall 2024)
  • Would you like to learn more about the discipline of Black Studies? Please check out this recent article written by Dr. M. Keith Claybrook:
    "Why Black Studies?" by Dr. M. Keith Claybrook 
    Published September 26, 2023