Africana Studies

Africana studies involve the research, interpretation and dissemination of knowledge concerning African-American, African and Caribbean affairs and cultures.

Western Michigan University's program is interdisciplinary and comparative, and leads to a degree in Africana studies with an emphasis in either black studies or African studies. Students will examine the structure, organization, problems and perspectives of blacks in America. They will be prepared to think critically, express themselves creatively, respect cultural diversity and make independent contributions to the growth of the world community. WMU's Africana studies program provides meaningful training for students from any racial, ethnic or cultural background.

Beyond the classroom

As a student in WMU's Africana studies program, you will be strongly encouraged to take advantage of study abroad opportunities available through on- and off-campus program affiliates, including WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education. A number of complementary programs, initiatives and events also are available through the University's Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations and Division of Multicultural Affairs.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in African studies are working as:

  • Educators
  • Writers
  • Historians
  • Ethnographers
  • Researchers
  • Politicians

 Among the organizations they work for are:

  • Universities
  • Government agencies
  • Libraries
  • Museums

A large percentage enters graduate or professional programs in psychology, law, education and other related fields.

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo