Africana Studies Major

MAJOR OVERVIEW

Africana studies prepares socially conscious servant leaders through the interdisciplinary study of African American and Pan-African cultural and historical experiences. The major aims to transform Men of Morehouse into critical thinking global citizens. We use an integrative approach to questions of social justice and black life. The major course of study enhances the agency and efficacy of Men of Morehouse by facilitating rigorous interdisciplinary research, cooperative learning, and service-learning experiences.

Faculty and student research efforts seek to amplify the voices and increase the visibility and understanding of people of African descent through documenting, studying, and sharing Africana narratives contextualized by an array of scientific data. Students learn to integrate research skills grounded in discreet disciplines within a transdisciplinary Pan-African analytical framework.

As a holistic major, Africana Studies is a foundation for students who wish to pursue graduate work in art, economics, English, cinema, governmental affairs, history, international affairs, journalism, law, mass communications, music, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, and theater. The minor and concentration enhances the cosmopolitan worldview of students in all fields of study, including science, medicine, business and economics.

MAJOR OUTCOMES

The Africana Studies Program teaches seven core skills: critical thinking, creative thinking, effective writing, effective oral communication, value awareness, computer literacy and quantitative analysis. Africana Studies majors should demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  • Recite the historical chronology that gave rise to the field of Africana Studies and identify the important contributors to the field, as well as explain the relevance and multidisciplinary scope of the field
  • Become ethical citizens, scholar-activists, and leaders by applying social justice principles gleaned from the study of African people globally.
  • Demonstrate African-centered critical thinking on the cultural heritage of Africans of the continent and the Diaspora in well-written and solidly researched digital humanities assignments.
  • Engage in trans-/interdisciplinary analyses of the dynamics of social change in black societies.
  • Design empirical interdisciplinary research on African peoples’ life-chances guided by principles of empowerment strategies.
  • Design and execute a well-planned, thoroughly researched, and well-written service-learning capstone project guided by Africana Studies research methodology and the principles of integrative learning.