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Africana Studies (minor)

About This Program

The Africana Studies minor is designed to provide students with an integrated understanding and appreciation for the African, African American, Caribbean, and other African Diaspora experiences in their diverse dimensions.

Why Utica College

Courses taken within the Africana Studies minor will provide students with a general interdisciplinary understanding of the field as well as an opportunity for regional and/or disciplinary concentrations. Students are also encouraged to pursue study abroad to enhance their understanding of African diasporic experiences. 

Contact Information

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General Information


  • Minor



  • Utica Campus
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Africana Studies (minor) at Utica

What You'll Learn

Available as a minor starting in Spring 2021, the program, directed by Clemmie Harris, Ph.D., has been developed to provide many perspectives and address four pillars of education. These include: Africa and sub-Saharan Africa; African diaspora in the United States; North Africa and Islamic histories in Africa; Afro-Latin experiences. These four pillars will collectively touch on African effects on the continent as a whole, specifically the history, politics, culture, social structures, gender, religion, and economic structures. 

Some of the courses offered under this new program are:

  • Introduction to Africana Studies
  • Methods and Key Themes in African American History
  • Urban Politics, Policy, and Economy
  • Race, Crime, and Punishment in Historical Perspective
  • African International Relations
  • North Africa, Islam and the Middle East
  • Black Leadership, Organization, and Movements
  • Women, Gender and Black Transnationalism
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Africana Studies Faculty

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