Welcome to the Department of Africana Studies at UNC Charlotte, an institutional member of the National Council for Black Studies. For more than 40 years, we have offered students a wide range of programs and courses that explore the fascinating and complex experience of peoples of African descent with emphasis on Africa, United States, Caribbean, and Latin America. We take pride in our expanding interdisciplinary and transnational curriculum that provides diverse perspectives with emphasis on four core areas: history, culture, social policy, and entrepreneurship. Ours is therefore a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum geared towards providing students with the skills needed for success in a wide range of careers in the 21st century. Our academic programs include a baccalaureate major in Africana Studies (with the option of Concentration in Health and Environment), an undergraduate minor, and a Graduate Certificate. Thanks to our dedicated and award-wining faculty - scholars and teachers - who put high emphasis on mentoring students, our alumni have gone on to pursue graduate/professional study and careers in community development; federal, state, and city civil services; business; museums and archives; and diplomatic/foreign service; as well as research, journalism, international organizations, law, and teaching. We invite you to explore our website and provide us with feedback.
Koffi Yao-Kouame’s paper "Civil War in Liberia as the Prequel of the Côte d'Ivoire Civil War" won the 2015 Southeastern Regional Seminar in African Studies Prize for the best graduate student paper.
Koffi is a student in both the AFRS Graduate Certificate and the MA in Latin American Studies.
The 13th Annual Africana Studies Symposium,
The 10th William Wilson Brown, Jr. Conference in Latin American Studies,
The Río de la Plata Workshop
Thursday, April 30th – Friday, May 1st, 2015
Students Union Building, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
Dr. Akin Ogundiran
Professor and Chair
Ms. Oweeta Shands
Interested in the healthcare and/or environmental sustainability field? Learn more about our Concentration in Health and Environment
Charlotte Papers in Africana Studies, No. 7: North Carolina’s Rejection of Medicaid Expansion: Politicizing the Health of our Communities? by Yele Aluko
Charlotte Papers in Africana Studies, No. 6: Banishing Equality: Poverty, Plenty, and Exclusion in North Carolina by Gene Nichol (Audio: Lecture and Q&A)
Charlotte Papers in Africana Studies Vol. 5: The Beauty I Have Seen by Tanure Ojaide
Charlotte Papers in Africana Studies Vol. 3: Blacks on Stamp Exhibition Catalog by Akin Ogundiran annd Shontea Smith