What is an africana studies minor?

Africana studies is an interdisciplinary discipline in which students learn to examine the experiences, culture and history of African-descended people worldwide. The field embraces Africa, Afro-America and the Caribbean but does not confine itself to those three geographical areas. The minor investigates how race and the treatment of people based on racial difference influenced the modern world’s development. The field draws from multiple disciplines, including sociology, psychology, philosophy, music, anthropology, economics, biology, education, history and political science.

Why minor in Africana studies at Furman?

As a private liberal arts and sciences university, Furman provides an exceptional environment for multidisciplinary studies, allowing students to find connections between multiple areas of interest. The Africana studies minor includes course options from several different academic disciplines. Small class sizes give students increased access to professors who are among the best in their fields. Our focus on engaged learning leverages Furman’s strong undergraduate research, internship and study away opportunities. Plan a visit to our beautiful campus or request information to learn more.

How will you learn?

The Africana studies minor balances coursework and research with real, practical experience. Sharpen your critical thinking, problem solving, and verbal and written communication skills. Travel to southern Africa to study the sociology of medicine, public health and global health. Or choose a three-week, immersive May Experience, “Media and Culture in Ghana,” which explores topics such as the transatlantic slave trade, customs, traditions, gender roles, socio-economic development and media practices.

Featured Africana studies courses

  • 94%
    placement rate for all students six months after graduating (employed or in graduate school)
  • 70 +
    total areas of study at Furman
  • No. 2
    Top Colleges in South Carolina, according to Forbes

What our students say

“Now is this time to expand our understanding, our appreciation, and, most importantly, our education on the stories and traditions of African predecessors. Their historical significance should be deliberated upon with a full comprehensive curriculum.”
– Imani-Grace King ’19

Our faculty

Omar Carmenates

Professor of Music, Percussion

Erik Ching

Interim Associate Provost for Engaged Learning; Walter Kenneth Mattison Professor of History; Director of Undergraduate Research

Teresa Nesbitt Cosby

Professor, Politics & International Affairs

David Gandolfo

Associate Professor of Philosophy; Undergraduate Evening Studies Faculty

Glen Halva-Neubauer


Cynthia King

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence; Professor of Communication Studies

Nicholas Radel

Professor of English

Roger Sneed

Professor of Religion; Faculty Chair

Claire Whitlinger

Associate Professor of Sociology; Program Founder, Intergroup Dialogue Program; Co-Director, Intergroup Dialogue Program
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