Department of Africana Studies



Welcome from Dr. Tracey Walters


Africana studies is vital to the intellectual growth and development of all students who endeavor to learn about the rich histories, lives, and cultures of people of African heritage within the United states and across the globe. Through our courses, scholarship, and programming, our department provides students with an opportunity to think beyond Western European Intellectual traditions. In our current climate of racial tension, along with the global discourse on terrorism, ethnic war, and health epidemics, this is indeed the time to take courses in Africana Studies to gain a better understanding of the national and international black community’s re-sponse to and experience with these issues.

An exciting new development in the department is our restructuring of the Richard B. Moore Library. Our private library boasts of an impressive collection of books and artifacts from the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean. The Richard B. Moore library serves as an important resource for students who need access to books related to the African diaspora. This Spring the library will be open for both studying and researching. We also offer a limited library loan service.

Look out for invited lecturers who will give presentations as part of our series Africana Studies presents.

Also, stay on the lookout for announcements and application forms for two department scholarships: the Bliss Verdon Scholarship and the Richard B. Moore scholarship.

Our dedicated faculty are prominent scholars in their field and excellent teachers and mentors. Please do not hesitate to visit them during their office hours. If you are new to our courses, welcome. If you’re thinking of taking a course, please do, you won’t regret doing so.


Dr. Tracey Walters

Chair, Africana Studies

Spring 2015

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