Leander Jones, Ph.D., emeritus professor of Africana Studies passed away July 2, 2016. Jones came to WMU in 1975 and retired 28 years later in 2003. His teaching and research focused on TV production, theatre, and African American literature.
Admission to the Africana Studies Major and Minor Program is suspended pending review of the curriculum, effective fall 2011, though there are a number of general education courses available for interested students. (see AFS courses).
Africana studies at Western Michigan University is the study, research, interpretation and the dissemination of knowledge concerning African American, African and Caribbean affairs and cultures. Using methodologies from the humanities, fine arts and social sciences, Africana studies examines the structure, organization, problems and perspectives of Blacks in America and the African Diaspora.
The major provides a meaningful liberal arts training for students from any racial, ethnic or cultural background.