Africana studies is an interdisciplinary program devoted to the historical, cultural, social, and political legacies as well as the subjective consequences of the dispersal of African peoples around the globe through the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, and Saharan Slave Trades – the largest forced migration in human history. The minor provides the focused and critical study of the people, cultures, and institutions of Africa and the African diaspora including the impact of slavery and colonialism as well as attitudes about race and ethnicity, offerings an interdisciplinary perspective on problems confronting a modern multiracial, multiethnic world. The program provides Mount Union students with exposure to the experiences – historical and contemporary – of black people(s) while teaching the analytical tools and skills necessary for rigorous and culturally sensitively analyses of those experiences.
Africana Studies Minor Quick Facts
- Faculty in the program are committed to preparing students in the essential analytical, writing and communication skills necessary for the modern professions as well as graduate and post-graduate study.
- Many courses in the program fulfill requirements in the integrative core curriculum.
- Minors are able to participate in a variety of hands-on experiences from internships, study abroad, independent and collaborative research both in the minor and in affiliated departmental minors in gender studies and peacebuilding and social justice.
- The Black Student Union, a student organization, is affiliated with Africana studies.