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Africana Studies Minor

Africana Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that examines the culture and experiences of African people and those who make up the African Diaspora throughout the world. Relevant courses come from a variety of disciplines including literature, history, sociology, economics, politics, art and music. This minor grew out of the African American Studies minor which began during the fall term of 2005. Students need only 21 credits (7 courses) to complete the minor. Each year we offer AFCA 130 (An Introduction to Africana Studies) and a capstone course which is an independent study project. Annually, the Minor brings noted speakers to campus; sponsors multiple student and faculty events; and supports university efforts to offer a more diverse and rich curriculum that accurately reflects and represents America's cultural complexity. We invite all W&L students to experience our courses and join our investigation of fundamental issues and triumphs.

Students interested in Global history or politics, The Atlantic World, International Law, International Relations, World Economics, African American Studies, Comparative Literature, and Africa should consider this minor.

For more information, please contact Professor Ted DeLaney of the History Department at

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  • Africana Studies Minor
    We are pleased to announce the Africana Studies minor. The new minor grew out of and replaces the current African-American Studies minor. It will take effect in the fall of 2013 and will offer a greater number of curricular options to students who have interest in Africa, African-America and the greater African diaspora. The change will be reflected on this web site starting July 1 2013. In the interim, please direct any questions you may have regarding the Africana Studies minor to Professor Mohamed Kamara or Professor Ted Delaney.


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