Exploring People, Cultures & Impact of Africa & African-American Experience

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. A degree in Africana Studies will deepen students’ knowledge of Africa and the African Diaspora.

UM-Flint’s Africana Studies department provides an exceptional educational experience for students who wish to either major in this field, or who are interested in adding an important dimension to their other courses of study. Many of our faculty were educated and taught in Africa, bringing a rich and robust perspective to the classroom. World-renowned authors, artists, and scholars come to UM-Flint, including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Wole Soyoinka, Chris Abani, and Nawal El Saadawi. Community engagement is at the heart of what we do, through such annual events as Human Rights Day and Africa Week where we invite the public to lectures, dances, and arts events.

Stack of Africana Studies books.
Africana Studies event at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies Degree Program

Catalog Description
This 4-year degree will allow you to work in a variety of fields from non-profits to the government to business. It is an ideal base for teachers or those going to grad or professional schools.

Learn more about the Honors track offered by this degree program.


Dawn Demps

Dawn Demps
Africana Studies 2008

Dawn was able to create close relationships with her professors at UM-Flint. She spoke at an alumni event, stating that “your professors today are your letters of recommendation tomorrow.” She used those letters of recommendation to continue her education – Dawn is now an assistant professor at the University of Arizona, focused on the history of Black education and student exclusion and the ways communities resist these exclusionary efforts.

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