The Africana Studies Program offers two undergraduate options, a BA in Africana Studies and a Minor in Africana Studies. Both programs require an introductory course in Africana studies, which equips students with the context and historical understanding to discuss the African diaspora and the experiences of people of African descent.
Through elective courses, students are introduced to methodologies from the humanities and social sciences, such as history, sociology, literature and anthropology. Courses explore topics from across continents and centuries, including Ghanaian independence, Afro-Latin history, the rebuilding of New Orleans, Caribbean literature and the history of race and law in the United States.
Africana Studies in D.C.
GW’s setting in the historically rich and internationally vibrant city of Washington, D.C., helps students connect the classroom to the wider community. They can visit and intern with world-class museums, such as the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Museum of African Art, the Anacostia Community Museum and the African American Civil War Museum. The Library of Congress is unmatched for investigating black political history, and students can benefit from the many national and international nonprofit organizations based in D.C., such as the TransAfrica Forum and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.