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.
- 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.