Africana Studies

About the Africana studies major

Africana studies is an interdisciplinary approach to understand the historical, political, and cultural experiences of people of Africa and African descent across the globe. You'll develop your own unique perspective of justice, freedom, and equality.

The major allows students to think critically about the function of race within individuals, institutions, and society while gaining an awareness of social justice issues. For this major, you'll choose a concentration in one of three areas: Africa, Caribbean and Latin America, or North America.

Skill and abilities this major develops: cultural competency, writing, public speaking, critical thinking, research, and teamwork (IU School of Liberal Arts, 2017).

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Black American writing
  • Black church in America
  • Cultures of Africa
  • Globalization, struggle, and empowerment in African diaspora
  • Introduction to African American and African diaspora studies
  • Race and ethnic relations

Possible careers

  • Community service manager
  • Human resources generalist
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer*
  • Multicultural affairs officer
  • Public relations specialist
  • Social worker*

*These careers require additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • Business
  • Community and public affairs
  • IU Indianapolis
  • Nonprofits
  • Public schools

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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