Welcome to Africana Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint

Here you will explore Africa’s place in the world: past, present, and future. You will study its people and those in the diaspora. To do so, we utilize literature, theatre, film, and traditional academic studies. We enrich your experience by hosting international artists and authors, hosting community events, and traveling to other campuses and countries.

The study of Africa and its people is beneficial for every student. It can help you understand your own past and relate to others. Diversity matters in every field and career. Nearly every industry has a global component. A degree or certificate in Africana Studies will help you be prepared and stand out among peers.

  • Many of our faculty have both learned and taught in Africa. They will share first-hand knowledge of their subjects with you.
  • We are a destination for world-renowned authors, artists, and scholars. We have hosted Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Sindiwe Magona, Wole Soyoinka, Buchi Emecheta, Nawal El Saadawi, and more!
  • We work with community partners to connect and share what we learn with the public. For example, we host Africa Week every February. During Africa Week we invite the public to lectures, dances, and arts events. You can become the teacher and support UM-Flint’s mission of civic engagement.
  • We connect our students to the Africana family of all three U of M campuses. This allows you to benefit from speakers and events in Ann Arbor and Dearborn. In 2014, our students traveled to see Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple.
  • We partner with the Education Abroad Office to lead study abroad trips to different regions in Africa. In summer 2015, out students traveled to Ghana.

At UM-Flint, you can earn a Bachelor of Arts, a BA with Honors, a Minor, or a Certificate in Africana Studies.

Each path can define or complement your career goals. You will show dedication to diversity and global understanding.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies: this 4-year degree will allow you to work in a variety of fields from non-profits to government to business. It is an ideal base for teachers or those going to grad or professional schools.
  • Honors BA in Africana Studies: this degree holds all of the value of our regular BA with the added rigor of our Honors Program. This includes an off-campus study semester, a senior thesis, and a senior honors seminar. Your transcript will include the note of being an Honors Scholar.
  • Minor in Africana Studies: Complement any degree with this minor. You will gain a deeper understanding of any subject. You can boast both historic and human knowledge that will set you apart. These courses also satisfy many Gen Ed credits needed to graduate.
  • Certificate in Africana Studies: Enjoy the benefits of a minor in only 15 credits! You can earn the certificate entirely online, so it is perfect for working or out-of-state students. Military, teachers, and civil workers will find this valuable on their resume. It will show on your printed transcript.