About the Department

The field of Africana studies documents and disseminates a specialized body of knowledge about Africa, the West Indies and especially the United States. We focus on the experiences of the African diaspora – the global dispersion of peoples of African descent – its literature, culture, society, and contributions worldwide. Students are prepared for careers relevant to the development of the African world community and to the rectification of world wide social ills created by individual and institutional racism.


AQUAD Information.............

2010 Africana Studies Department Self Study

2016 Africana Studies Department Self Study

2016 Africana Studies External Reviewer's Report

2016 Africana Studies Department Response to the External Reviewer's Report 

2016 Dean's Response


Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Africana Studies is to engage in innovative inter-disciplinary research and pedagogy related to the civilizations and communities of Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean and other parts of the Global African diaspora. Our research and pedagogical efforts focus attention on the established Africana studies history and antiquities, politics, literature, ancient and contemporary culture including the arts, socio-economic sciences, economic development, and the broad dimensions of public policy that affect the societies and welfare of people of African descent.

Giving to UMass Boston

Support the Africana Studies Department with a gift to the UMass Boston Fund.