Africana Studies

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. Our students are committed to the philosophy of servant leadership and are keenly aware of their inner strengths, cultural capital, and sociopolitical challenges. We use an integrative approach to questions of social justice and Black life. Our program 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. Our program seeks to empower students to use cutting-edge technology to produce and share their research. The program challenges students to integrate research skills grounded in discreet disciplines within a transdisciplinary Pan-African analytical framework. Our students are competitive candidates for graduate study and careers in a program matching their interests and preparation.

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 enhance the cosmopolitan worldview of students in all fields of study, including science, medicine, business, and economics.

Major Outcomes

Africana studies teaches seven core skills: critical thinking, creative thinking, effective writing, effective oral communication, value awareness, computer literacy, and quantitative analysis. Majors demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  • Recite the historical chronology that gave rise to the field of African American 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
  • 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
  • Analyze the dynamics of social change in Black societies
  • Design empirical interdisciplinary research on African peoples’ life chances guided by principles of empowerment strategies
  • 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
Major Course of Study Requirements

Africana studies provides courses of study that lead to a bachelor of arts degree, a minor, or a concentration that examines the broad scope of the Black experience in general, and those of Black men in particular.

Through rigorous coursework, including core courses, designated humanities courses and approved elective courses, the Africana studies major will navigate the relationship between various aspects of Black life. The eight required core courses include: HAFR 100 The African American Experience or HAFR 101 Introduction to Africana Studies, HAFR 200 Black Liberation Movements, HAFR 300 Africana Studies Theory, HAFR 301 Interdisciplinary Research Methods: Frameworks and Fieldwork, HAFR 400 The Africana Studies Capstone I, and HAFR 401 The Africana Studies Capstone II, HHIS 221 History of African Americans to 1865, and HHIS 222 History of African Americans since 1865.

The three designated humanities courses include literary studies—HENG 380 Survey of African American Literature I or HENG 480 Survey of African American Literature II, historical studies—HHIS 257 History of Africa I or HHIS 258 History of Africa II, and religious studies—HAFR 375 Africana Muslims or HHIS 361 History of the Black Church, or HREL 310 The African American Church, and any one communication studies course.