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).

Contact Info

Chair

Lynn JohnsonAssociate Professor of Africana Studies

Department Coordinator

Sarah Velez

Phone

717-254-8383

Fax

717-245-1854

Social Media

Location

Althouse Science Hall - Room G11 Mailing Address

Department Features



Student Outcomes

Where Our Students Go From Here

Jobs

  • AmeriCorps/Vista
  • Teach for America
  • Deloitte
  • TEAM Charter Schools
  • Imagine Scholar
  • Ithaca College
  • NBC Universal
  • St. Thomas More School

Graduate Schools

  • Columbia University
  • State University of New York at Albany
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • University of Southern California
  • Northwestern University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Georgia
  • CUNY, Hunter College
  • Georgetown University
  • Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Icahn School of Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
Where Our Students Have Interned
  • Cumberland County Courthouse
  • Food Trust
  • Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
  • Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Internship Program
  • YWCA Carlisle
  • 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

Student Perspective

“Dickinson has given the tools, or instructed me how to get the tools, to mobilize a community around an issue. Dickinson has taught me that it's OK to ask questions, even when you're being shushed by those encouraging you to ask questions. Dickinson is where all I've learned in life coalesced and festered and morphed and grew and became me. Dickinson has softened my smile, but deepened my laughter, showed me intimacy in corners I would've never searched.”

—Quadrese Glass ’19


Africana Studies News

Dickinson’s Upsilon Delta Honored for Work in the Community

Dickinson’s Upsilon Delta Honored for Work in the Community

The college's chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority takes runner-up among 63 regional chapters for its service work efforts.

Finding a Proud History

Finding a Proud History

Ke’son Bullock-Brown '19 discovers new pride by digging into history through Africana studies.

Africana Studies Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2019

Africana Studies Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2019

Graduating seniors secure jobs with Deloitte, Texas Southern University, Imagine Scholar and other employers.

Dickinson College to Host Central Pennsylvania Consortium Africana Studies Conference

Dickinson College to Host Central Pennsylvania Consortium Africana Studies Conference

An April 6 CPC conference on representations and misrepresentations of Africa and its diaspora will feature keynote addresses, panel discussions and African art and music.

A Fierce Spirit

A Fierce Spirit

Naji Thompson ’19 is focused on making her mark, on the track, on campus and beyond.

Dickinson College Project Tells Forgotten Stories of Slavery

Dickinson College Project Tells Forgotten Stories of Slavery

The new Dickinson and Slavery project examines the college's ties to the rise and fall of slavery and tells the forgotten stories of slaves and former slaves who lived and worked at the college.