Africana Studies

Welcome to Africana Studies at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. We offer a planned major or dual major for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree as well as a minor within the College of Arts and Sciences. The major allows students to explore the historical, cultural, literary, and artistic expressions and contributions of peoples of African descent worldwide through an interdisciplinary approach by taking courses in a variety of disciplines and Colleges within the University. If you have further inquiries about any aspects of our program, please contact us. Thank you for visiting our website.

Rebecca L. Skinner Green - Director    419-372-2269, and 419-372-8514

Tracy Susko              - Senior Secretary       419-372-7814

Highlights of Program & Options

  • BA in Africana Studies for majors, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Double major in Africana Studies and another Discipline
  • Minor in Africana Studies with  a major in another Discipline
  • Over 15 PhD Faculty Involved in Teaching, Research, and Advising
  • Great flexibility and breadth of coursework available to majors and minors, who can benefit from the internationally recognized expertise of individual faculty whose specialities represent a broad range of disciplines, including art history, history, geography, French, ethnomusicology, media, ethnic studies, popular culture, and English
  • Students can select Individualized Concentrations in African, African-American, Afro-Caribbean, and/or Afro-Latino cultures
  • Annual Undergraduate Student Research Colloquium, "Emerging Perspectives in Africana Studies", featuring an internationally known keynote speaker from across the US or abroad
  • Guest-Speaker Series Enrichment Program
  • Study Abroad Programs in Ghana and Burkina Faso
  • Internships, Outreach programs, and scholarship of engagement
  • Djisovi Eason Annual Scholarship Awards


Dr. Apollos O. Nwauwa helped develop graduate curriculum for master's and doctoral programs in historical studies at a university in Ghana through the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program.

Nwauwa, a history faculty member who has also served as director of the Africana Studies program, was one of 70 African Diaspora scholars awarded fellowships to travel to Africa to conduct a wide range of projects across disciplines. He went to Ghana in the summer of 2017 to work with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Dr. George Bob-Milliar, chair of the KNUST history and political science department.  

The department, eager to launch its graduate program soon, looked to Nwauwa for assistance in building a quality program. His extensive international experience in teaching, research and graduate supervision provided leadership and ideas to organize faculty focus groups and seminars to brainstorm suitable graduate curriculum for the university.


Dr. Apollos Nwauwa