The Department of Africana Studies at the University of South Florida is a transdisciplinary academic unit that offers undergraduate and graduate courses on Africa and peoples of African descent in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. Given our distinctive commitment to the study of Africa and the global Black Diaspora, USF’s Department of Africana Studies is a leader in providing instruction on the foundations of Africana Studies in Florida and a participant in shaping the themes and topics that define our transdisciplinary field in the United States and the world.
Founded in 1969, USF’s Department of Africana Studies is solidly grounded in rich, multidimensional African and African American intellectual traditions. Moreover, the department continues to support and promote new directions in research and scholarship. We offer the Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies, a Minor in Africana Studies and a Certificate in Africana Literatures. We also offer a Master of Liberal Arts degree and three graduate certificates. The Department of Africana Studies faculty members are nationally recognized scholars who provide a strong intellectual foundation for our students while also preparing them for careers in a broad range of professions. The Africana Studies curriculum facilitates the development of critical thinking skills while also challenging students to explore new ideas, seek new connections and become actively engaged in the global community.