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Africana Studies

The Africana Studies Minor at USI is committed to the study of the past, present, and future experiences and perspectives of Africans, African Americans, and peoples of African descent. This program takes an interdisciplinary approach to explore the diversity of peoples and cultures that stems from these three perspectives.

“The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are.” Maya Angelou

Program Objectives

This interdisciplinary program concentrates on the study of Africans, African Americans, and peoples of the African Diaspora. Students are encouraged to explore questions and issues surrounding ability, class, culture, ethnicity, gender, identity, race, and sexuality, from diverse viewpoints. Students are required to think critically and conduct research, as they prepare to be mindful, analytical, and engaged members of the global community.

Africana Studies Minor (18 hours) | Checksheet

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“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”  Desmond Tutu

Africana Studies and Your Career

The Africana Studies minor builds on and strengthens students’ critical thinking, speaking, writing, and organizational skills that employers highly value and seek. According to a recent survey conducted through the Association of American Colleges and Universities, areas in which graduates were least prepared, in terms of functioning in their careers, ranged from global knowledge, self-direction, adaptability, ethical judgment, and self-knowledge to such skills as writing, critical thinking, oral communication, and intercultural sensitivity.  Africana Studies prepares students in all of these areas.  Furthermore, students who specifically minored or majored in ethnic studies found jobs that typically ranged from $38,950 to $148,640 in yearly compensation. Read more...

Upcoming Events

Africana Studies Film Festival

Free Angela Poster Malcolm X Poster The Hate You Give Poster 

I cannot go into a film without seeing myself. I wait for me. In the interval, just before the film starts, I wait for me.
–Frantz Fanon

The University of Southern Indiana Africana Studies Program presents the first annual Africana Film Festival on the last Thursday of January, February, and March 2020 in Kleymeyer Hall.

This year’s theme is “Power to the People” and we will showcase films that highlight African American activism from the 1960s Civil Rights Movement to today. Dates, showtimes, and trailers for each film are listed on the webpage for the event.

Mandela Social Justice Day ​

The mission of the Nelson Mandela Social Justice Day and Speaker Series is to raise dialogue at USI around current issues of human and civil rights, public service, and activism through diverse, dynamic, nationally, and internationally known public intellectuals and academics. Find out more.

“Give light, and people will find the way.”  Ella Baker

For More Information About Africana Studies

Dr. Sakina Hughes

Director of Africana Studies
Liberal Arts Center
Room: 3030

Contact Dr. Jason Hardgrave


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