Juneteenth is explored by Africana Studies professor Samuel Livinston, Ph.D. 

Explore the global experiences of people of African Descent.

Africana Studies prepares socially-conscious servant leaders through the interdisciplinary study of African American and Pan-African cultural and historical experiences.

Africana Studies prepares Men of Morehouse to become
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 examine 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. The 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. The minor and concentration enhance the cosmopolitan worldview of students in all fields of study, including science, medicine, business, and economics.


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.

Africana studies teaches seven core skills: critical thinking, creative thinking, effective writing, effective oral communication, value awareness, computer literacy, and quantitative analysis.

Students successfully mastering this major’s course of study 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



Africana studies provides courses of study that lead to a Bachelor of Arts, 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:

  1. HAFR 100— The African American Experience or HAFR 101-Introduction to Africana Studies
  2. HAFR 200— Black Liberation Movements
  3. HAFR 300— Africana Studies Theory
  4. HAFR 301— Interdisciplinary Research Methods: Frameworks and Fieldwork
  5. HAFR 400— The Africana Studies Capstone I
  6. HAFR 401— The Africana Studies Capstone II
  7. HHIS 221— History of African Americans to 1865
  8. HHIS 222— History of African Americans Since 1865

The three designated humanities courses include:

  1. Literary Studies
    • HENG 380— Survey of African American Literature I or
    • HENG 480— Survey of African American Literature II
  2. Historical Studies
    • HHIS 257 History of Africa I or
    • HHIS 258— History of Africa II
  3. Religious Studies
    • HAFR 375— Africana Muslims or
    • HHIS 361— History of the Black Church or
    • HREL 310— The African American Church

The required one communications studies course can be any communication studies course.

General Education (Core) — 33-48 hours

Refer to the general education requirements for more information.

Africana Studies Major — 24 hours

Choose one from the list below:

  • HAFR 100 The African American Experience
  • HAFR 101 Introduction to Africana Studies

The following courses are required:

  • HAFR 200 Black Liberation Movements
  • HAFR 300 Africana Studies Theory
  • HAFR 301 Interdisciplinary Research Methods
  • HHIS 221 History of African Americans I
  • HHIS 222 History of African American II

Choose one from the list below:

  • HAFR 257 History of Africa to 1800
  • HAFR 258 History of Africa since 1800

The following courses are required:

  • HAFR 400 Africana Studies Capstone I
  • HAFR 401 Africana Studies Capstone II
Math Requirement – three hours

Students complete HMTH 130 Basic Statistics or another research statistics course in Business, Psychology, Sociology, or one of the STEM disciplines.

Religion Requirement – three hours
  • HAFR 375 Africana Muslims
  • HHIS 361 The History of the Black Church
  • HREL 310 The African American Church
Humanities – three hours

Humanities course at 200 level or higher required. Suggested options:

  • HAFR 201
  • HAFR 210
  • HAFR 212
  • HAFR 398
  • HAFR 399
  • HAFR 498
  • HENG 380
  • HENG 480
  • HHIS 258
  • HHIS 261
  • HHIS 262
  • HMUS 116
  • HMUS 310
  • HMUS 404
  • HPHI 475
  • HREL 320
Social Sciences – three hours

Social Sciences course at 200 level or higher required. Suggested options:

  • HAFR 250
  • HAFR 398
  • HAFR 399
  • HAFR 498
  • HCOM 354
  • HCOM 457
  • HCOM 461
  • HCOM 483
  • HCOM 485
  • HCOM 489
  • HECO 406
  • HHLS 201
  • HPSC 251
  • HPSC 302
  • HPSC 348
  • HPSC 372
  • HPSC 464
  • HPSC 477
  • HPSC 490
  • HPSY 204
  • HPSY 260
  • HPSY 297
  • HPSY 369
  • HPSY 390
  • HSOC 215
  • HSOC 255
  • HSOC 259
  • HSOC 300
  • HSOC 416
  • HSOC 422
  • HSOC 455


The minor in Africana studies is a perfect complement to all majors and includes core courses, designated humanities courses, and approved elective courses.

Required Courses – 12 Hours

Choose one:

  • HAFR 100 The African American Experience
  • HAFR 101 Introduction to Africana Studies

Required courses:

  • HAFR 300 Africana Studies Theory
  • HHIS 221 History of African Americans I
  • HHIS 222 History of African Americans II
Approved Electives – Six Hours
  • HAFR 201, 210, 212, 250, 300, 398, 399, or 498
  • HBIO 320
  • HCTM 255, 258, 348
  • HECO 406
  • HENG 354, 457, 461, 483, 485, 489
  • HHIS 258, 261, 262
  • HHLS 201
  • HMUS 116, 310, 404
  • HPHI 475
  • HPSC 251, 302, 348, 372, 464, 477, 490
  • HPSY 204, 260, 297, 369, 390
  • HREL 320
  • HSOC 102, 103, 156, 215, 255, 259, 300, 416, 422, 455


Crawford, Vicki

• Professor and Endowed Chair in Civil and Human Rights
•B.A., Spelman College
• M.A., University of Georgia
• Ph.D., Emory University

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Earl-Lewis, Monique

• Associate Professor NTT
• B.A., Auburn University
• M.S., University of South Alabama
• M.A., Ph.D., California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles (CSPP-LA)

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Livingston, Samuel T.

• Associate Professor of Africana Studies
• B.A., University of South Carolina
• M.A., Ph.D., Temple University

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Myrick-Harris, Clarissa

• Professor of Africana Studies
• B.A., Morris Brown College
• M.A., The Ohio State University
• Ph.D., Emory University

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