Why "Africana"?

"Africana" is used to describe the cross-pollination of fields which have often been treated as separate academic endeavors: African American, African, Latino, and Caribbean Studies. It also refers to the examination of race, ethnicity, culture, and political and social structures in relation to diasporic communities.

DC Connections

The program’s unique setting in the historically rich and internationally vibrant city of Washington, D.C., allows for a living program that strives to connect the classroom to the larger community.  Students can engage with D.C.’s world-class museums, including the highly acclaimed new National Museum of African American History and Culture, as well as 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 benefit from the many national and international non-profit organizations located in the District, such as the TransAfrica Forum and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

On-Campus Connections

On campus, the Africana Research Center in the Special Collections section of GW’s Gelman Library provides an opportunity to examine African American history and culture by acquiring and preserving resources that support the study and research of the African American experience. In addition, students can engage with the many student associations related to their study, including the following: