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Welcome to Africana Studies

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.

2015-2016 Africana Studies Brown Bag Lecture Series to Start on October 21

Bring your lunch and join us to discuss Professor Danielle Boaz's analysis of Obeah, Religiuos Freedom, and the Law in the Anglophone Caribbean on Wednesday, October 21.

This will be the first discussion in this year's series.


“Africa Rising: The Role of Higher Education and the Diaspora”

Vice Chancellor (President), United States International University-Africa, Kenya

Past President of the African Studies Association

The Africana Studies at UNC Charlotte and Others set to host
the 40th Annual Conference of the National Council for Black Studies

Call for Papers

Congratulations to the Africana Studies  Graduates May 2015

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.


Contact Us

UNC Charlotte
Africana Studies
Garinger 113
9201 University City Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001

Phone: 704‑687‑5161
Fax: 704‑687‑1682

Interim Department Chair

Dr. Dorothy Smith-Ruiz
Associate Professor
Garinger 130

Office Manager

Ms. Oweeta Shands
Garinger 113