Exploring Africana, Past and Present

Study the peoples and cultures of Africa, the Caribbean, North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and anywhere peoples of African descent reside. The Africana Studies bachelor’s degree program is interdisciplinary and cross disciplinary, embracing anthropology, art, economics, history, religion, literature, psychology, music, criminal justice, biological sciences, geography, women’s studies, communications, modern languages, political science and many other areas.

Exploring Diverse Places and Cultures

Join UNC’s Africana Studies program and discover a world of experiences. Our students have been invited to study in Istanbul at Turkey’s top university. They’ve researched and presented findings on the Black community of Dearfield, located near Greeley. As McNair Scholars, African Studies majors have presented research at undergraduate and professional conferences. Where will your journey take you?

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FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

Travis Boyce, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Africana Studies

Travis Boyce, Ph.D., is an expert in African American university presidents during the mid-20th century, and also has research interests in the U.S. Reconstruction period, contemporary U.S. History, African diasporic studies, and film, popular culture and sports studies. His articles and book reviews have been published in numerous peer reviewed journals and recently completed an edited book manuscript titled Historicizing Fear. He’s now working on his second book – a biography on Benner C. Turner, former president of South Carolina State University.

 

Degree Options

UNC offers both a major and a minor in Africana Studies, plus a secondary teaching emphasis in social studies.

Liberal Arts

Study the theoretical, historical, literary, and artistic developments on the continent of Africa and in the African Diaspora, past and present. Not only will you develop critical thinking that provide a solid foundation in the liberal arts, you will gain essential tools for making informed judgments about the complex nature of our diverse society.  

Social Studies Secondary Teaching

Prepare to teach social studies to culturally diverse students at the middle and secondary levels. With an interdisciplinary focus that includes contributions and perspectives of people of African American origin, the Secondary Teaching emphasis offers valuable student teaching and field experiences through the UNC partner school program.

Minor Option

Africana Studies Minor

This 18-credit minor provides a strong foundation in Africana Studies that will enrich a variety of majors. Classes include Introduction to Africana Studies, Survey of Africa, and Dynamics of Racism, in addition to a wide selection of electives.

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Your Future in Africana Studies

At UNC, you’ll find a supportive learning environment led by knowledgeable and accessible instructors. In addition to being accomplished researchers, our faculty are award-winning educators, dedicated to helping you succeed on your journey.

Consider UNC's Africana Studies B.A. if you want to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of Africana history and culture
  • Teach social studies to culturally diverse students
  • Study in small classes with close faculty mentorship

You’ll learn:

  • Africana history, culture, philosophy and politics
  • Contemporary issues in Africana society
  • Skills to work and teach in multicultural environments

Sample courses:

  • African Americans and U.S. Education
  • The Black Woman in America
  • Revolutionary South Africa
  • The Black Church and Religious Traditions
  • Dynamics of Racism
  • African Art

Beyond the Classroom

Africana Studies provides a strong liberal arts education that prepares you for diverse careers and graduate study.

Where can your degree take you?

Graduates in this program go on to work in many different fields, including:

  • K-12 teachers
  • Attorneys
  • Librarians
  • International Relations experts
  • Nurses
  • Historians
  • Social Services professionals