The Department of Africana Studies provides students of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds the opportunity to gain a detailed understanding of the foundations of African American culture, from ancient Egypt to the present. Drawing from the intellectual heritage, accumulated knowledge, enduring experiences and contributions of Africa and its Diaspora, students explore new perspectives.
Students may pursue the standard major in Africana studies, the major with a concentration in community involvement studies or the double major. Regardless of the option selected, students are encouraged to pursue internships or field research in the areas of housing, health, education, justice and leadership.
Many Africana studies graduates pursue graduate and professional studies, building successful careers in fields such as public affairs, law, health, government, social work, education, the visual and performing arts and business and management. For students interested in foreign service in Africa or the Caribbean, or for those who intend to acquire graduate training with specialization in either Africa or the Caribbean, Africana studies offers solid preparation. Students who pursue a concentration in community involvement are well prepared to work in community-based agencies or local government. The track in education enables students with a career interest in teaching at the elementary or secondary levels to prepare for the Maryland Teacher Certification in social studies, which includes certification in over 30 states, through UMBC's Department of Education.