About the Department
The Africana Studies major and minor consist of course sequences and concentrations within an interdisciplinary curriculum (including history, political science, literature, cultural studies, psychology, social science, religion and others) that provide students with intellectual training in understanding and analyzing both the broad range of the African-American experience in the United States and issues of the African diaspora. The department encompasses university-trained social scientists and humanists from the major academic disciplines.
Seeking academic advisement is essential to academic success and timely graduation. Students are required to regularly meet with the department’s designated advisors, as well as attend mandatory advisement workshops in the Fall and Spring semesters. Undergraduate advisors are Cedric Hackett and Aimee Glocke. Contact the department for an appointment. Additional academic advisement is also available to students through the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Student Services Center/EOP Satellite. Please call (818) 677-2658 to schedule an appointment.
After graduating, some Africana Studies majors attend law school or graduate schools in various fields. Many become teachers, social workers, entrepreneurs or government employees. Typical immediate employment options for a graduated Africana Studies major include probation department staff, publishing enterprise editors, community development program directors or assistants, bank tellers and/or managerial trainees, retail sales positions, K-12 teachers, graduate school teaching and/or research assistants, and more. For additional information regarding Africana Studies-related career options, consult the Africana Studies department.
Clubs and Societies
Africana Studies faculty work with and/or advise various student organizations, including:
The department offers the James Bracy Memorial Scholarship annually to assist promising students in Africana Studies, who demonstrate a financial need but also have career goals aimed at uplifting underserved communities of African descent. This scholarship was established in Fall 2014 by the department in memory of Dr. James Bamidele Bracy, who was a faculty member in the department from 1981 until his death in 2014. For application information, contact the office at (818) 677-3311 or visit the Africana Studies department website.
Chair: Theresa White
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