Africana Studies Program
Africana Studies Minor
Africana Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that examines the culture and experiences of African people and those who make up the African Diaspora throughout the world. Relevant courses come from a variety of disciplines including literature, history, sociology, economics, politics, art and music. This minor grew out of the African American Studies minor, which began during the fall term of 2005. Students need only 21 credits (7 courses) to complete the minor. Each year we offer AFCA 130 (An Introduction to Africana Studies) and a capstone course which is an independent study project. Annually, the Minor brings noted speakers to campus; sponsors multiple student and faculty events; and supports university efforts to offer a more diverse and rich curriculum that accurately reflects and represents America's cultural complexity. We invite all W&L students to experience our courses and join our investigation of fundamental issues and triumphs.
Students interested in Global history or politics, The Atlantic World, International Law, International Relations, World Economics, African American Studies, Comparative Literature, and Africa should consider this minor.
For more information, please contact Professor Ted DeLaney of the History Department.
W&L's Conner Discusses Ellison's Unpublished Writings, Letters (Audio)
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
In his inaugural address for the Jo M. and James M. Ballengee 250th Anniversary Professorship, Washington and Lee's Marc Conner presents "The Identities of Ralph Ellison."
W&L Historian Reflects on March on Washington (Audio)
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Ted DeLaney, professor of history at Washington and Lee, remembers tears of joy during historic march in 1963.
Knapp, Conner Appointed to New Posts at W&L
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Washington and Lee University has announced new appointments in the University administration. Elizabeth Knapp, associate provost and associate professor of geology, will become senior assistant to th...
Civil Rights Pioneer Terrence Roberts Keynotes King Week at W&L
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Terrence Roberts, one of the "Little Rock Nine," described his experiences as one of nine black teenagers who integrated Little Rock's Central High School in 1957 on Sunday, Jan. 20, in Le...
Remembering Nelson Mandela
The Africana Studies program notes the death of Nelson Mandela, one of the most extraordinary world leaders in recent history. Mr. Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years because of his attempts to liberate the black majority from apartheid in the Union of South Africa. His greatest legacy is his ability to forgive his enemies and initiate racial reconciliation after becoming president of South Africa. He was 95 years old.