Welcome to Africana Studies

The Department of Africana Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint prepares students for the ever-demanding need to engage and function in a diverse society.  It is a multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary field of study that provides a well-rounded education in the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences.  Students can major, minor or complete a certificate program in Africana Studies.

We still have openings for Fall courses!

  • AFA/WGS 318  Women Writers of the African World (H) -  Hear Chimamanda Adichie's TED Talk "The Danger of a Single Story" and know your media version of Africa is very often a stereotype.  Read her work and meet her in person this September as she visits our campus.  This course will connect the dots of the African experience & the Diaspora while discussing patriarch, classism, racism and other issues of concern to women.
  • AFA/WGS 216 Caribbean Women Writers (GS) - Learn about the Caribbean through the writings of women who bring you the non-tourist version. Read Edwidge Danticat's Brother I'm Dying, our first Common Read selection, and understand the human side of the immigration issue.  Watch In the Time of the Butterflies and get a glimpse into Gen. Trujillo's Dominican Republic and 3 courageous sisters who gave their lives fighting his rule (February 1930 until his assassination in May 1961).
  • AFA 206/ Survey of African Literature  (H)- A multimedia approach to literature showing the African-African American Connections and focusing on contemporary issues.   Stories of Boy Soldiers by Chris Abani (Nigeria) and Ishmael Beah (Sierra Leone) who now reside in the US.  What does war look like through the eyes of a child soldier?  How does one become a killer?  How does one stop?  Listen to folktales and view films about reconciliation Sierra Leone style (Fambul Tok), peace Liberian style led by women (Pray the Devil Back to Hell), and how children are forced into war in Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army (The Invisible Children).

 

Department Goals

  1. To provide a better understanding of world experiences in Africa, the United States, the Caribbean and other areas.
  2. To generate new knowledge and foster research opportunities in the field.
  3. To provide conceptual frameworks to illuminate the causes and effects of Africana people's subordination and their struggle for liberation.
  4. To prepare students to think critically, to express themselves creatively, to respect cultural diversity, and to make independent and rational judgments.
  5. To promote and share in the University's stated objectives, to provide for a racially and gender balanced curriculum, and to contribute to the elimination of racism as well as the creation of a more equitable society.
  6. To encourage faculty to share their expertise with the community and to maintain a community service component that promotes special classes, symposia, forums, and culture centers.
  7. To promote internships that allow students to integrate their academic and practical knowledge.
  8. To reinforce the study of cultural ideals and to provide a liberal education in values and wisdom.
  9. To challenge and stimulate students to contribute to the dynamics of development of their communities.
  10. To serve the University's external community with programming that contributes to life-long education.