Fred Moten has said, “Black studies is the critique of Western civilization.” Taking up that tradition of trenchant, sustained critique, Africana Studies at Claremont Graduate University examines the culture and history of African Americans and the black diaspora to explore how race has been central to the constitution of the modern world.

In this joint program between CGU and the Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies (IDAS) of The Claremont Colleges, you’ll explore the literary, historical, artistic, and theoretical expressions of the many cultures of Africa and the diaspora. Grounded in interdisciplinary research and teaching, the curriculum travels across a range of fields, from anthropology and art history to philosophy and religious studies. You’ll uncover ample opportunities to collaborate on projects with other departments in the Claremont University Consortium and with scholars at other institutions. Along the way, you’ll be prepared to pursue careers in a wide range of professions, including education, social
 work, public policy, law, medicine, business, and international relations. In addition, you’ll receive graduate credits that may be applied toward your master’s degree or PhD.

Program Highlights
  • Any CGU student enrolled in an MA or PhD program may concurrently pursue a Certificate in Africana Studies.
  • The 20 units earned for the certificate may be applied toward an enrolled student’s master’s degree or PhD.

Program at a Glance

20 units

1 year (full-time and part-time options)

Fall | Spring | Summer

Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies (IDAS)

Certificate in Africana Studies

Featured Courses

AFR 355
Race, Politics & Public Policy

Provides the tools and insights from public policy to address the intersections of race, gender, and class in politics and public policy from a transnational and national perspective.

AFR 338
Concepts & Methods of Africana Studies

Examines key intellectual, political, and cultural issues addressed by scholars and activists from Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and the United States.

WGS 325
Reproductive Health: Gender, Race, Politics & Justice

Studies the social, political, and cultural aspects of reproductive health through the lenses of gender, race, and global development.

EDUC 425
Race & Racism in Education

Broadens student understanding of the foundations of racial inequities in education and how racism has shaped students’ educational experiences and outcomes.

CLST 462
Black Diaspora Cultural Studies

Analyzes black diasporic cultural production and socio-political theory from the nineteenth century to the present in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States.

Faculty & Research

  • David Luis-Brown profile image

    David Luis-Brown

    Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and English
    Director, Africana Studies Program

    Research Interests

    Hemispheric Americas studies, Latino/a/x studies, Black diaspora studies, American literature and culture

  • Linda Perkins profile image

    Linda Perkins

    Associate University Professor
    Director, Applied Gender Studies

    Research Interests

    Women and African-American higher education, history and contemporary issues on women in higher education, especially Black women, global gender issues.

  • JoAnna Poblete profile image

    JoAnna Poblete

    Associate Professor of History

    Research Interests

    Colonialism and empire, unincorporated territories, migration and labor, comparative ethnic studies, Asian-American and Pacific Islander studies, 20th-century United States, indigenous issues, environmental history, oral history, U.S. expansionism

  • Daniel Ramírez profile image

    Daniel Ramírez

    Associate Professor of Religion

    Research Interests

    American religious history; Latin American religious history; Religion, migration, and transnationalism; Religion in borderlands; Contemporary theories of religion

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