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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

Program at a Glance

20 units

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

*Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

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.

CLST 315/AFR 338
Concepts & Methods of Africana Studies

Examines and deploys theories of diaspora and blackness, gender and sexuality, and the comparative and transnational study of African diasporic groups in social movements and signifying practices.

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.

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Gigi Audoma

Director of Recruitment for the School of Arts & Humanities
T: 909-607-0441