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.
A degree in Africana Studies will deepen students' knowledge of Africa and the African Diaspora.
- To provide a better understanding of world experiences in Africa, the United States, the Caribbean and other areas.
- To generate new knowledge and foster research opportunities in the field.
- To provide conceptual frameworks to illuminate the causes and effects of Africana people's subordination and their struggle for liberation.
- To prepare students to think critically, to express themselves creatively, to respect cultural diversity, and to make independent and rational judgments.
- 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.
- 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.
- To promote internships that allow students to integrate their academic and practical knowledge.
- To reinforce the study of cultural ideals and to provide a liberal education in values and wisdom.
- To challenge and stimulate students to contribute to the dynamics of development of their communities.
- To serve the University's external community with programming that contributes to life-long education.