Africana studies examines the diverse experiences of people of African descent worldwide, focusing especially but not exclusively on African, African American and Caribbean affairs and culture. Using the tools of the social sciences and humanities, we investigate the structures, organizations, problems and perspectives of those of African origin and the African Diaspora.
Our mission is to advance the study and understanding of the historical as well as the contemporary connections among communities with people of African descent.
Experiential learning plays a large role in the Africana studies department, and majors are encouraged to go abroad. Students often spend six weeks at the Ethnographic Field School in Tanzania and in programs across Europe and Africa. Africana studies majors also engage domestic and global communities through Dickinson's Global Mosaics program, interdisciplinary research excursions designed around immersive ethnographic fieldwork. Recent Global Mosaics include "After Genocide and Apartheid" (Rwanda; 2019) and "The African Diaspora" (Cuba; 2018).
Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Internship Program
Exploration Schools at Yale University
Planned Parenthood Keystone
Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation
United Way of Pennsylvania
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
BRICK Peshine School
"The skills, tools and knowledge that I have gained from being an Africana Studies major helps me in every area of my academic career as an undergrad. I know it will help me achieve my career goals in the future as well."
— Jena Blair '22
"At Dickinson, I've had the opportunity to immerse myself in the field of Africana Studies. I'm biased, but this department really has taught me so much about Black life and experiences along the diaspora, which has also contributed to me learning more about myself. Dickinson has given me the space to grow as a person and meet new people who push me to be better, and I will forever be grateful!"