About Us

Dear AFRS Community:

As we monitor novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we are committed to supporting students, faculty and staff and ensuring that all students can fulfill their academic requirements as planned.

Our offices are minimally staffed, while we practice social-distancing.  During this time, it is best to reach us via email: our Administrative Assistant Ms. Rosie Wickham (rwickham@uncc.edu) and/or our chair Dr. Julia Jordan-Zachery (jjordanz@uncc.edu).

Some key information:

Reach out to your advisors:  Dr. Oscar de La Torre (majors with last names M-Z)-- DelaTorre@uncc.edu, Dr. Debra Smith (Undergraduate studies advisor and majors with last names A-L)-- debrasmi@uncc.edu, Dr. Veronica Robinson (minors)-- VNRobinson@uncc.edu

Honor’s Students Dr. Oscar de la Torre--DelaTorre@uncc.edu,

To communicate with your professors, it may be best to email them. You can look up faculty here or UNCC Faculty Directory. You should communicate directly with your professors.

To check for information on specific classes and how your professor will handle the class, check for your professor's instructions in Canvas first:  If you cannot find the answer to your specific question there, email your professor.

Please visit the following sites to ensure that you are receiving up-to date-information

https://emergency.uncc.edu/coronavirus

This University website includes a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. If you have a question not answered there, please complete this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd8AwdhFtwjvHBi1BpD1YgR62sDo9m6254JgwXghJxIknwRbA/viewform

The University also has created a Self-Quarantine Guide. LEARN MORE: https://emergency.uncc.edu/health-advisories/coronavirus-information/self-quarantine-guide


Welcome to the Department of Africana Studies at UNC Charlotte, an institutional member of the National Council for Black Studies. Our department was founded in 1969 as a result of activism in the form of student protest and the tireless advocacy of our first director, Dr. Bertha Maxwell-Roddey. As such, we have a continued interest in social justice issues that connect African diaspora communities – particularly related to the legacies of slavery and colonialism, health and environmental inequities, and structural biases in the law and popular culture.

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.