The Department of Africana Studies is an interdisciplinary program rooted in a social, historical, and cultural context that seeks to introduce students to perspectives about the people of the African Diaspora that are not usually covered in traditional departments.
Its curriculum helps students examine, analyze, and interpret critically the historical and contemporary experiences of black women and men in North America, Africa, and the Caribbean. For more than 30 years, Africana Studies courses have helped prepare Wooster graduates to succeed in a multicultural world. Africana studies concentrators can choose interdisciplinary courses on topics ranging from Black Nationalism to the Black religious experience to Africana art to the history of African Americans.
The Department of Africana Studies cooperates with other college programs and departments and sponsors special campus events throughout the academic year. The department conducts the Africana Studies Seminar, which brings to campus distinguished scholars and civil activists to speak on topics related to Africa and the African Diaspora.