Overview

What careers can you pursue with a degree in Africana Studies?

The research, analysis and critical thinking skills students build by examining the historical and contemporary experiences of Africana women and men around the world gives them the ability to pursue careers in public policy, business, law, education, the arts and more. A truly interdisciplinary department, Africana Studies introduces students to perspectives by and about people of African descent that are not covered in other departments. The College of Wooster’s Independent Study requirement means that students graduate with mentored research on a topic they are passionate about, such as a comparative analysis of James Baldwin and Frank Ocean or an analysis of racial and economic inequalities in schools.

Africana Studies at The College of Wooster

For more than 40 years, Africana Studies has helped prepare Wooster graduates to succeed in a multicultural world. Africana Studies majors can choose courses within the department, along with select interdepartmental courses, on topics ranging from Black feminist thought, Black nationalism, the social construction of race, the Black religious experience, African American music, and Africana art, to the history of African Americans. The small-college atmosphere facilitates informal conversation between students, their peers, and faculty. Africana Studies can be a major or minor and can be a double major for those who want to pursue more than one area of inquiry.


Faculty

Marla Goins

Marla Goins

Visiting Assistant Professor, Africana Studies

mgoins@wooster.edu

Lee A. McBride III

Lee McBride

Professor of Philosophy; Department Chair of Africana Studies

lmcbride@wooster.edu

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Santha Schuch

Administrative Coordinator - Africana Studies, Archaeology, East Asian Studies, Middle Eastern & North African Studies, Religious Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, South Asian Studies, Urban Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

sschuch@wooster.edu


Latest News

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Department of Africana Studies opening Colloquium on Wednesday, Nov. 3

The Department of Africana Studies and the Office of the Provost at The College of Wooster are conducting a Colloquium of Africana Studies that […]

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Kurt Russell ’94 named 2022 Ohio Teacher of the Year

Kurt Russell, a Wooster ’94 graduate and social studies teacher at Oberlin High School, was named the 2022 Ohio Teacher of the Year as […]

Seven Townsel ’22

Africana studies major makes connection with Wooster alumnus in legal field

Seven Townsel ’22, an Africana studies major and member of the volleyball team, interned with Judge James L. Miraldi ’73 at the Lorain County […]

Stachal Harris

BLACK ENUF: An Exploration of the Strategic Use of Racial Appeals by Black Politicians to Garner Black Voter Support

Name: Stachal Harris Major: Political Science Minor: Africana Studies Advisor: Álvaro Corral This independent study research project explores how some forms of race-based appeals […]

Major

A major in Africana Studies provides students with an Africa-centered perspective on the societies, history, politics, and culture of African descended people, with a special focus on the United States.

  • Africana Studies 100: Introduction to Africana Studies;
  • Four 200-level courses chosen from Africana Studies 200, 212, 213 (“W”), 231, 240, 242, 244, 245, 246, or 247;
  • One 300-level course chosen from Africana Studies 300, 301, or 302;
  • Three semesters of Independent Study: Africana Studies 401, 451, and 452;
  • Three electives taken from Africana Studies/or crosslisted interdepartmental courses.

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Minor

A minor in Africana Studies consists of six courses:

  • Africana Studies 100: Introduction to Africana Studies
  • Three 200-level courses chosen from Africana Studies 200, 212, 213 (“W”), 231, 240, 242, 244, 245, 246, or 247
  • One 300-level course chosen from Africana Studies 300, 301, or 302
  • One elective taken from Africana Studies/or cross-listed interdepartmental course

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Independent Study

The Independent Study requirement at Wooster provides an opportunity for students to pursue in depth a topic of their own choosing, with the one-on-one guidance of a faculty member. Africana Studies opens exciting avenues for student research in a wide variety of areas.

 

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Alumni

A major in Africana Studies makes graduates attractive to graduate schools, companies, and other institutions that focus on diversity. It can lead to or support careers in a variety of areas, including law, education, public policy, and business.


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Faculty Emeriti

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Boubacar N'Diaye

Professor Emeritus, Political Science

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Yvonne Williams

Professor Emerita, Africana Studies

Josephine Wright

Josephine Wright

Professor Emerita, Africana Studies