What can an Africana studies minor do for you?

Study the traditions and experiences of people of African descent all over the world in our Africana Studies minor.

History, philosophy, political science, economics, anthropology, sociology, literature, music and theatre come together to help you understand and analyze key aspects of black life in Africa, the Caribbean and the United States.

In our culturally diverse society, it's essential to become familiar with African, African-American, and Caribbean cultures, traditions and values.

Faculty from a range of academic disciplines teach in our Africana Studies minor. From a history professor, you'll learn how the Civil Rights movement actually began in the 1860s. From a music professor, you'll take a closer look at the development of jazz. With a philosophy professor, you'll compare Plato's Republic to HBO's The Wire.

This minor pairs well with any of our majors, but may be of particular interest to philosophy, history, sociology, political science and theatre students.

No matter your background, Africana Studies will expand your worldview and enhance your understanding of your own heritage in interaction with other cultures.

Michael Thomas

Department: Philosophy
Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Email Address thomasm@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4487

Dave Ramsaran, Ph.D.

Department: Provost
Provost & Dean of the Faculty


Coleen Patricia Zoller, Ph.D.

Department: Philosophy
Professor of Philosophy

Email Address zoller@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4163

John J. Bodinger de Uriarte

Department: Sociology/Anthropology
Associate Professor of Anthropology


Gretchen Sue Lovas, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology

Email Address lovas@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4029

María L.O. Muñoz, Ph.D.

Department: History
Associate Professor of History


Edward S. Slavishak, Ph.D.

Department: History
Professor of History

Email Address slavishak@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4539

Harvey Edwards

Department: English & Creative Writing


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Genovee Dominguez

Genovee Dominguez '19

"I wholeheartedly will say that the Africana studies program was one of the best decisions I made."

Taishiana Tsosie '21

Taishiana Tsosie '21

"Understanding people who are different from you stimulates thoughtful discussion, connections and provokes a different form of academic achievement."

Zaida Bryant

Zaida Bryant '19

"The program has expanded my worldview and helped me to understand more about my own culture."

Jahmir Wilson

Jahmir Wilson '20

"Having thought-provoking classes will make me a more well-rounded individual going into the future."

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Africana Studies Program

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Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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