Africana Studies, Minor

Tomlinson 243B
Phone: 216.368.2382
Joy Bostic, Program Director

Program Overview

The minor in Africana studies provides students with a comprehensive, interdisciplinary academic program that focuses on 1) critical theories on race, 2) African and African diasporic history, culture and literature, and 3) the religious, political, and social dimensions of Black life. The program examines subject matter related to African contexts (both the historical study of such contexts and the study of current populations), as well as African diasporic cultures (including historic and contemporary migrations), with a focus on the African diasporic presence in the Americas. Thus, courses offered in the Africana studies minor address the experience of African Americans but also more broadly explore the global Black experience and its relationship to Black life in the Americas.

Undergraduate Policies

For undergraduate policies and procedures, please review the Undergraduate Academics section of the General Bulletin.

Program Faculty

Joy Bostic, PhD
(Union Theological Seminary)
Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies; Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, College of Arts and Sciences; Director, Africana Studies Program

Michele Tracy Berger, PhD
(University of Michigan)
Eric and Jane Nord Family Professor, Department of Religious Studies; Director, Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities

Heather E. Burton, PhD
(Cleveland State University)
Associate Vice President and Senior Director for Faculty and Institutional Diversity, the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Engagement

Gilbert Doho, PhD
(Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3)
Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Cassi Pittman-Claytor, PhD
(Harvard Unversity)
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

Noël M. Voltz, PhD
(The Ohio State University)
Assistant Professor, Department of History