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Africana Studies is the study, research, interpretation and dissemination of knowledge concerning African-American, African and Caribbean affairs and culture.
Why offer Africana Studies?
Because Africana Studies embraces a wide spectrum of experiences and issues, the program is multi- and interdisciplinary in its approach. Students may choose courses among many disciplines, including English, history, sociology, music, religion, political science, Spanish, and theatre and dance.
As a program which embodies the liberal arts mission, the primary objectives of the Africana Studies minor are to:
Minor: Africana Studies
The minor complements many majors at Wittenberg.
A minimum of 22 semester hours is required for the minor, 10 of which must be at the 200 or higher course level, with at least four semester hours in the social sciences, four semester hours in history, four semester hours in literature, and two semester hours for the Senior Project.
The introductory course is designed to introduce you to the discipline of Africana Studies. The class focuses on major questions such as the influence of cultural integrity and the political struggle for equality in two hemispheres on cultural traditions, values and social institutions. Of particular interest is the Diasporic transformation of identity over the last two centuries as Africans have been exposed to European colonization and exploitation.
Topics in Africana Studies explores specific themes in African, African-American and African Diasporic studies; the theme varies from semester to semester.
You will choose your courses in consultation with the Africana Studies minor adviser and the Program Advisory Committee. The following is a list of courses approved for the program:
Theatre and Dance
During the senior year, our minors are required to complete a two-credit Senior Project that explores the Black Diasporic connections between academic disciplines. Students often study and analyze the intersection of Africana Studies and their major. For example, one student produced and directed a compilation of scenes from plays by two important African American playwrights while another planned a Black Knowledge Conference for the Wittenberg community in conjunction with the Office of Multicultural Student Programs.
Africana Studies minors travel abroad to Africa and South America to study issues concerning the African Diaspora.For the last several years, Associate Professor of History Scott Rosenberg has led a popular, four-week summer program to the South African Kingdom of Lesotho. Participants take two courses in Africana Studies (Africana Studies 270 and History 270) and work with Habitat for Humanity and local orphanages.
A variety of colloquium, lectures and performances are sponsored by the Africana Studies program. Recent events include:
Our graduates have pursued a variety of opportunities after graduation, including working for the legislative offices of the Ohio state government, the FBI, a women’s activist group in South America, and as teachers. Others have pursued advanced degrees in Africana Studies.
Faculty who teach in the Africana Studies program represent many different academic departments, including English, history, political science, foreign languages, religion, sociology and dance. Their scholarly interests include Afro-Caribbean national identity, African history, racial and ethnic politics, Spanish literature and Latin American civilization, among others. For more information, contact:
Dr. Carmiele Wilkerson,
program director and associate professor of English,
(800) 677-7558, ext. 6127, or