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Africana Studies

Established in 1970, Seton Hall’s interdisciplinary Africana Studies program is the first and oldest of its kind in New Jersey, providing rigorous intellectual inquiry and fostering a commitment to social change, racial justice and equality.

As a minor in Africana Studies, students learn from multidisciplinary faculty – thought leaders in a wide range of academic fields from political science, history, religion, literature and more. Through carefully curated courses, students engage in robust intellectual inquiry as they analyze the historical and contemporary experience of people of African descent in the Americas, Europe, Africa and elsewhere.

By integrating Africana Studies into their academic portfolio, students can broaden their perspectives and critical thinking skills – essential assets for today’s interconnected world and career landscape.

The Africana Studies program engages a diverse community of scholars who are passionate about understanding and exploring the Black experience. Plus, students can enhance their academic journey through experiential and extra-curricular activities such as guest lectures, internships, community activism, and study-abroad opportunities in Africa and the Caribbean.

Graduates are well-prepared for careers or graduate-level studies in various fields, and ready to contribute to the work taking place in schools, government agencies, law firms, businesses, libraries, and museums.


Africana Studies at Seton Hall

Established in 1970, Seton Hall’s interdisciplinary Africana Studies program provides rigorous intellectual inquiry and fostering a commitment to social change, racial justice and equality.

Mikya O’Bannion

"It’s been really fulfilling to learn more about my own culture and how Africana studies plays a role, not just in Black culture, but also in American culture. I’m not only learning about history, but I’m learning about something that particularly affects me."

Mikya O’Bannion, Biology and Africana Studies Major 


Students complete 15 credits of required courses including Introduction to African-American Studies, the History of Africa, the History of African Civilization or African-American History.

Then, students select two selective courses (6 credits) in the History, Literature or Social Science Tracks. Electives explore critical areas such as the History of the Civil Rights Movement, Modern African-American Literature, the Political Economy of Racism, African Diasporas in the United States, and more.

In each course, you'll find highly engaged faculty, fellow students, and small classes that foster deep discussion and forge lifelong bonds.

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The multidisciplinary faculty and their community-based expertise prepare students to become servant leaders by fostering a commitment to rigorous intellectual inquiry and the movement for racial justice and equality.

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Stephanie James Harris
Director of Africana Studies Program
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Carm R. Almonor
Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs; Professor of African American Studies
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Patrick Fisher
Professor of Political Science
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W Mott
Associate Professor of Political Science
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