Career - what can you do with an Africana studies degree?
A major or minor in Africana studies from BGSU provides the foundation and tools needed not only to guide personal and professional aspirations but to ensure success in an increasingly cross-cultural and interdependent world.
Careers in law and education, government and policy studies, international relations, and diplomatic service are common paths after taking Africana studies. In addition, students can seek employment with non-profit organizations and public agencies.
The Africana studies program as a minor gives students who major in art, communication, business, literature, history, advertising, education, sociology and political science an additional area of specialization and a global perspective.
Africana studies prepares students for graduate or professional training in languages, law, philosophy, social sciences, ethnic and women's studies, literature, communications, business, diplomatic services, library and archival services.
Students are well equipped for graduate studies in the arts and humanities, and those with a double major further increase their options.
The BGSU Africana studies program offers a major and minor designed to encourage an interdisciplinary approach to a student’s chosen area of inquiry.
Academic advisors and faculty are available to help students choose their best course of study to explore areas of interest and ensure academic progress.
Drawing on diverse fields represented in colleges, schools, and departments across the BGSU campus, the flexible curriculum strengthens students' liberal arts backgrounds. Africana studies prepares students to interact with a world of racial and cultural diversity.
Africana studies provides a focused lens for studying the historical, cultural, political, literary, and artistic aspects of people of African descent worldwide. The arts and humanities focus of this major and minor will help prepare students to effectively negotiate in a world that increasingly requires crossing racial, cultural, and disciplinary boundaries in research and careers in the public and private sectors.
Students gain comprehensive knowledge of Africana peoples through classroom instruction, archival research, and study abroad experience.
- Introduction to Africana Studies
- Slavery in the Atlantic World
- Short Narrative Film Production
- Africa and World Politics
- Art of Western Africa
- Geography of Africa
- Afro-centric Music
- Black Popular Culture
Being immersed in an entirely new cultural setting in Africa, even for a limited time, provides students with opportunities to discover new strengths and abilities and solve new problems.
BGSU Africana studies students return from study abroad trips with new ideas and perspectives about themselves and their culture.
The class will spend one to two weeks at a cultural arts institute near the nation's capital, Accra, with the remainder of the time in Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti peoples, and farther north in the Dagomba region. Students will participate in music and dance lessons, with opportunities during the day to study other arts, such as batik making, kente weaving, adinkra cloth-making, and wood carving. The class will also attend local events such as funerals, rituals, and social dance clubs.
For the two-week Spring program, students visit Burkina Faso after attending a January to March French program in France. The three-week Summer program, worth six credit hours, is designed only for students who have spent at least one semester in a French-speaking country. Students attend morning classes taught by Burkinabe professors of the University of Ouagadougou and have scheduled excursions most afternoons and weekends.
Africana Studies Annual Student Research Conference
The BGSU Africana Studies Student Research Conference is an annual scholarly event organized by the Africana Studies Program of Bowling Green State University. The conference offers students a chance to write, present, and discuss their scholarship in African and African Diaspora studies.
BGSU graduate and undergraduate students submit research papers addressing related themes, while Africana studies faculty review submitted essays and select the best for inclusion in the day-long colloquium.
Students in all disciplines are encouraged to participate. Our past conferences included students from universities across Ohio and Michigan, Texas, California, Kansas, and New York.
Finding Your Voice in Social Justice Learning Community
In the Finding Your Voice in Social Justice Learning Community, you will learn about activating social change from university and community leaders and organizers. We will introduce you to campus resources and help you foster connections with other students, faculty, BGSU leaders and community activists.
We hope to create bridges between home and campus communities through these efforts, build connections among students and connect students to resources available at BGSU. We believe better-connected students will not only be more successful, but they will also be more effective university citizens.
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
The Africana Studies program will go through its next Program/Cluster Review during Academic Year 2022/23.
Updated: 10/19/2023 11:00AM