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.

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.