The interdisciplinary African Studies program provides students with an introduction to the complex experiences of Africa and Africans over space and time. The primary theme is the positioning of Africans as actors of their own history rather than the subjects of other peoples’ initiatives. Of special interest is their experience in the Americas, with a focus on their diverse political institutions and structures, economic, cultural, social and religious systems, and ideologies.
The program covers Africa and the African-American, African-Caribbean, African-Latin and African-Asian diasporas. Such broad scope enables students to develop a comprehensive and global perspective on the African experience worldwide. Students are reminded that many courses under other denominations, especially under History, and World Religions, do count as AFS courses.
Current information about degree program requirements can be found in the official College Catalogs.