What is Africana Studies?

The Africana Studies Program (ASP) is administered by Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University and housed in the History Department. The ASP program is devoted to the academic exploration and analysis of the history and cultures of Blacks in Africa and the African Diaspora. Through research, interpretation, and the dissemination of knowledge, Africana Studies examines the structure, organization, problems, and perspectives of Blacks in Africa and the Americas. It seeks to provide a greater understanding of the African experience.

What will Africana Studies do for me?

A Minor in Africana Studies Program will correct the distorted historical record of peoples of African descent. African cultures, indigenous African institutions, artistic expressions, music and dance, among other monumental historical achievements of Black peoples around the globe, must be examined from the African perspective. In other words, Black peoples both on the continent and in the Diaspora have been and will continue to be active agents in transforming world cultures and civilizations, and it is important that WVU undergraduates have the opportunity to focus a portion of their course work on Africana Studies.

The objective of the Africana Studies Program is to provide a comprehensive academic program. Students from all racial, religious, and ethnic backgrounds are exposed to an academic experience beyond those found in the traditional college curriculum. In addition to providing a heightened sense of awareness about persons of African descent and their contribution to world civilizations, the Africana Studies Program has practical applications. Africana Studies can be applied to the foundation of most graduate studies in the social sciences, liberal arts, and major professional programs.

These would include such fields as International Affairs, Education, Social Work, Politics and Government, Law Enforcement, Social Policy Studies, Health Care, Urban Planning, and other new forms of professional training.

How do I get a minor in Africana Studies?

Africana Studies: 15 credit hours, including ASP 220 and ASP 420 (6 hrs), and 9 additional hours in two subject areas, 6 of them upper division (300 and above), selected from DANC 330; ENGL 139, 154, 254; FLIT 215, 271, 266; GEOG 243; 293Z (African American), HIST 393O (Southern Africa), 427, 428, 429, 430, 433, 434, 451 (formerly 356), 452 (formerly 357), 468, 470; HUM 107; MUSC 115, 175, 477; NAS 493 (Black Indians); POLS 335, 358; SOCA 235, 351, 493H (Race/Crime/Justice); or any ASP offering (e.g. ASP 293, 493). Grades of C or higher must be earned in all courses applied for the minor. Students are encouraged to work with an ASP advisor to complete an individualized curriculum plan.


Team Members:

Dr. Krystal D. Frazier, Coordinator
202G Woodburn Hall
P.O. Box 6303
Morgantown, WV 26506-6303
Phone: 304.293.9309
Fax: 304.293.3616
Krystal.Frazier@mail.wvu.edu

Mr. Paul Banda
Graduate Instructor
G3C Woodburn Hall
pbchiudzabanda@mix.wvu.edu

Ms. Kombe (Mercy) Kapatamoyo
Graduate Instructor
G3C Woodburn Hall
kkapatam@mix.wvu.edu

Dr. Abdullahi Sara
Graduate Instructor
GC3 Woodburn Hall
asara@mix.wvu.edu


Contacts

Dr. Krystal D. Frazier, Coordinator
202G Woodburn Hall
P.O. Box 6303
Morgantown, WV 26506-6303
Phone: 304.293.9309
Fax: 304.293.3616
Krystal.Frazier@mail.wvu.edu