Africana Studies Program
Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) now offers the first Africana Studies major in the region and the only one in Tennessee with the option of either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. Students will learn about the history and culture of people of African descent throughout the diaspora, race relations, and socio-economic/political institutions. Students must complete 36 hours of course work for the B.A. or B.S. in Africana Studies. The Africana Studies (AST) program offers courses that cover international, contemporary, and historical issues across various disciplines, including political science, history, geography, literature, art, theatre, dance, religion and philosophy. Students may also consider an opportunity to study abroad in Senegal, Africa.
Additionally, the AST program offers an undergraduate interdisciplinary minor to students at MTSU. The program of study exposes students to the history and culture of African Americans in the United States and connects those experiences to the peoples of Africa, the Caribbean, and other parts of the Americas. Students who minor in African American Studies (AAS) must complete eighteen (18) credit hours of course work. This interdisciplinary program provides students with classes that examine race, class, gender, slavery, colonialism, and socio-political movements of blacks throughout the African diaspora. More importantly, the primary objective of AST program (whether for the major or the minor) is to provide students an opportunity to examine the multidimensional, multicultural experiences of African Americans and their responses to the blending of an African heritage and American culture.
Students who complete the AST major or AAS minor will have an enlarged perspective of the world and increased skills and marketability for careers in the fields of education, criminal justice, public history, social work, governmental departments and agencies, and in the private sector. The AST major or AAS minor will also provide basic foundational knowledge for students who wish to pursue a graduate degree in Africana Studies. Students who are considering a graduate education in this field are strongly encouraged to complete the requirements for the B.A. in Africana Studies.