What is Africana Studies?

Africana Studies is the study of the interrelated histories, arts, politics, intellectual currents and cultural products of Africa and the African diaspora.

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Major & Minor Requirements

As a field of inquiry, Africana Studies critically examines the intellectual traditions and experiences of Africans and diasporic communities from intra- and interdisciplinary perspectives. As such, Africana Studies includes African American, Caribbean and African Studies. 

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Recent Works by Bucknell Faculty

A LUTA CONTINUA: (Re)Introducing Amilcar Cabral to a New Generation of Thinkers by P. Khalil SaucierA LUTA CONTINUA: (Re)Introducing Amilcar Cabral to a New Generation of Thinkers
by P. Khalil Saucier
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American Imperialism's Undead: The Occupation of Haiti and the Rise of Caribbean Anticolonialism

by Raphael Dalleo
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Black Queer Ethics, Family, and Philosophical Imagination
by Thelathia Nikki Young
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The history of Africa cannot be separated from the history of the West. The work we do, the music we listen to and the foods we eat have all been shaped by the interactions between African peoples, their descendants and Western Europe.

Majoring in Africana Studies helps students develop international and national perspectives, gain a strong background in research and become innovative thinkers and future leaders. Majors will also be able to offer employers significant expertise with respect to issues of diversity and inclusion.

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Jaye Austin Williams

Assistant Professor; C. Graydon and Mary E. Rogers Faculty Fellow

Jaye Austin Williams

"Life is a series of realizations. You're peeling off layer after layer to get to where you belong — to be the fullest expression of who you are, what you do, and how you engage with the world."

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Nick Jones

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Nick Jones

"Someday, many of these students will be in positions of power. They need to understand and consider the perspectives of those who may be less privileged than themselves."

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