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.


Mark Conner, associate provost and Ballengee Professor of English, Washington and Lee University

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Maya Angelou Remembered

Marc Conner, Jo M. and James Ballengee Professor of English and associate provost, discusses the work of the late poet Maya Angelou, her place in American literary history, and her 1999 visit to...

Remembering Nelson Mandela

Nelson MandelaThe 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.