Central to the work of students and faculty in the concentration is the close collaboration of artists, scholars and writers in examining relationships between academic and artistic knowledge about the world and human experience. Concentrators work closely with faculty members in developing new knowledge about the world and human existence through the critical and comprehensive study of the peoples and cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora. Concentrators are encouraged to study abroad in Africa, the Caribbean and/or Latin America and to acquire language competency in a language other than English spoken in Africa and the diaspora.
The concentration in Africana Studies critically examines the artistic, historical, literary and theoretical expressions of the peoples and cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora.
Students in this concentration will:
- Understand the evolution of artistic, cultural, intellectual and political traditions of the peoples and cultures in Africa and the African diaspora
- Gain a deeper understanding of how and in what ways slavery, colonialism, and conceptions of race and practices of racism have shaped the modern world
- Acquire competency in the theories and methodologies of Africana Studies and interdisciplinary scholarship
- Be prepared to assume roles as skilled and informed scholars and career professionals informed by critical thinking and global perspectives
Department Undergraduate Group (DUG)
Student Leaders: Auriana Woods, Thoralf Island, Aisha Zamor
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Brown alumni with a degree in Africana Studies have gone on to careers in community organizing, consulting, economic development, education, finance, law, marketing, medicine, politics, public health, and public policy.
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