Examine, explore, and analyze the unique experiences of African-descended people.
Africana Studies, B.S.
In the Africana Studies major, students learn about the history and culture of people of African descent throughout the diaspora, race relations, and socio-economic/political institutions.
Students take courses with professors from diverse backgrounds that cover international, contemporary, and historical issues across various disciplines, including political science, history, geography, literature, and philosophy. Seniors are required to present research projects that analyze a specific aspect of the Black diasporic experience. A study abroad opportunity is offered in Senegal, Africa.
Businesses already seek to hire individuals who have an understanding of working in and with diverse populations. Within the next 30 years, a majority non-white national demographic will populate the American society, and appreciation of multi-racial perspectives will be an important skill set. This program also helps prepare students interested in international business related to the West Indies (Caribbean) and Africa, where economies are progressing. Africa has nine of the 20 fastest-growing economies in the world, and U.S. imports/exports are experiencing huge increases. With a degree in Africana Studies, students will be able to pursue graduate education and/or careers in many fields. Examples include, but are not limited to
- business management
- city planning
- international business/foreign relations (as advisors, analysts, investors/developers, entrepreneurs, and academic scholars)
- international relations
- public health
- public history (including archives, cultural resource management, historic homes, historic preservation, and museums)
- social work
Employers of MTSU alumni
This information is still being compiled since this is a new major.
Noteworthy Africana Studies or African American Studies Majors
- Angela Bassett, award-winning actress
- Mae Jemison, physician and NASA astronaut
- Ava DuVernay, filmmaker and Selma producer
- Marc H. Morial, former mayor of New Orleans
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