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Minor in Africana Studies

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.

Careers for Africana studies minors

Some sample fields and vocations are:

  • Banker
  • Insurance representative
  • Social, community or humanitarian services director
  • Computer/software engineer
  • Foreign service officer
  • Historian
  • Journalist/writer
  • Media relations consultant
  • Cultural heritage site consultant, museum curator/director
  • News analyst
  • Business manager
  • Politician or civil service
  • Social worker
  • Nonprofit manager
  • Secondary education teacher or higher education professor
  • Ministry vocations

Africana studies courses: What will you study?

Black Political Traditions

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Anthropology of Race and Ethnicity

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total areas of study at Furman
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What our students say

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“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

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s Africana studies faculty represent decades of study and expertise. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

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    Professor of Music, Percussion

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  • Erik Ching
    Title:

    Walter Kenneth Mattison Professor, History; Director, Undergraduate Research

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    Erik Ching
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    Walter Kenneth Mattison Professor, History; Director, Undergraduate Research

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  • Teresa Nesbitt Cosby
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    Professor, Politics & International Affairs

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    Professor, Politics & International Affairs

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  • David I. Gandolfo
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    Associate Professor of Philosophy; Undergraduate Evening Studies Faculty

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    Associate Professor of Philosophy; Undergraduate Evening Studies Faculty

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  • Glen Halva-Neubauer
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    Dana Professor, Politics and International Affairs

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    Glen Halva-Neubauer
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    Dana Professor, Politics and International Affairs

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  • Cynthia King
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    Professor of Communication Studies

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    Cynthia King
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    Professor of Communication Studies

    Phone Number: 8642943068

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  • Janet Kwami
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    Associate Professor of Communication Studies

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    Associate Professor of Communication Studies

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  • Nicholas F. Radel
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    Professor of English

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    Professor of English

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  • Roger Sneed
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    Professor of Religion and Department Chair

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    Roger Sneed
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    Professor of Religion and Department Chair

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  • Claire Whitlinger
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    Associate Professor of Sociology; Program Founder, Intergroup Dialogue Program

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    Associate Professor of Sociology; Program Founder, Intergroup Dialogue Program

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  • FAQ

    How do I declare a minor?

    Like declaring a major, students meet with the minor chair to work out the details.

    How many minors can I declare?

    There is no limit to the number of minors a student can declare.

    Why should I take on a minor?

    A minor program can be an excellent way to explore further interests, gain additional skills to attract future employers, and discover connections between different subjects you’re passionate about. Many students find that taking on a minor makes for a more well-rounded and complete educational experience.

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