Bucknell offers a multidisciplinary curriculum that examines the histories, narratives, intellectual traditions, music, art, politics, cultures, literatures, economies, social institutions and identities of Africans and their descendants — all from the liberal arts perspective.

Our courses accommodate the needs of majors and nonmajors and support the College Core Curriculum. Our students study abroad and prepare for careers in the arts, literary studies, education, political science, social work, public policy, law, medicine, business, international relations, sociology, development economics and other areas. Majors will also be able to offer employers significant expertise with respect to issues of diversity and inclusion.

Prominent people who have majored in Africana Studies

  • Angela Bassett, actress (B.A. in African-American Studies, Yale University)
  • Rakim H. D. Brooks, Rhodes Scholar and C. Edwin Baker Fellow in Democratic Values at Demos (B.A. in Africana Studies, Brown University)
  • Megan L. Comfort, senior research sociologist, Urban Health Program at RTI International and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCSF (B.A. in Black Studies, Wellesley College)
  • Jendayi Frazer, distinguished professor, Carnegie Mellon University and former U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs (B.A. in African and Afro-American studies and political science, Stanford University)
  • Brian L. Harper, medical director and COO of the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care & Prevention (B.A. in Afro-American studies and biology, Brown University)
  • Mae Jemison, physician and NASA astronaut on the Endeavor, 1992 (B.A. in Afro-American studies, Stanford University)
  • Do Kim, civil rights attorney and founder of the Korean American Youth Leadership Program (B.A. in Afro-American studies and sociology, Harvard University)
  • Aaron McGruder, cartoonist, writer and creator of the nationally syndicated comic strip The Boondocks (B.A. in African-American studies, University of Maryland, College Park)
  • Gloria Naylor, educator and novelist, winner of the National Book Award (1983) for The Women of Brewster Place (M.A. in Afro-American studies, Yale University)
  • Michelle Obama, attorney and First Lady of the United States (B.A. in sociology with a minor in African-American studies, Princeton University)
  • Richard W. Roberts, U.S. District Court Judge for Washington, D.C. (B.A. in Black studies and political science, Vassar College)
  • Claudia Thomas, author and first black female orthopedic surgeon in the U.S. (B.A. in Black studies, Vassar College)

Source: Fikes, Robert. "What Can I Do With A Black Studies Major? 500+ Answers." 4th ed. San Diego State University. 2015.

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