Why Major in Africana Studies?

As an Africana Studies Major/Minor:

  1. Students enjoy a wide selection of courses to establish a knowledge base across the disciplines, from Art, History, Political Science, Sociology and Women’s Studies to Anthropology, English, Human Rights, and Psychology

  3. Students explore the history, culture, and contributions and experiences of people of African descent in a global and comparative framework with courses on Africa, the United States, the Caribbean, and the world

  5. Students develop critical thinking skills and cultural competency to contextualize how African and diasporic experiences intersect with race, class, gender, ethnicity, and other identities

  7. Students expand the range of career options open to them by using their Africana training as a gateway to graduate degrees and careers pathways in education, law, medicine, social work, politics, public policy, journalism, public health, community organizing, public relations, advertising, social work, and many more fields

  9. Students engage with caring and thoughtful faculty mentors and are paired with individual faculty advisors

  11. Students refine the intellectual theories, methods, and communication skills needed to explore pressing contemporary issues and engage in social justice activism

  13. Students maintain the flexibility to double major or minor in another field

  15. Students explore opportunities for undergraduate research, grants, and internships

For more information, contact Dr. Fiona Vernal, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies – fiona.vernal@uconn.edu