The Africa and the Americas program offers a concentration that integrates studies of African history and culture, the forced movement of African peoples to the New World and the consequences of slavery and post-slavery relations in the United States. Throughout history, African and African American peoples have played a central role on the world’s stage, and they continue to offer perspectives critical to understanding the modern world. The concentration in Africa and the Americas provides students with the opportunity to study the ways in which Africans and peoples of African descent understand and interpret their interactions with other cultures and traditions.
The Africa/African diaspora experience has been most commonly expressed and understood through interdisciplinary study or the intersection of history, art, religion, and politics. As students explore the values and lifestyles deriving from communities of African heritage, they gain a fuller understanding of the significance of these communities’ contributions to the larger world.