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Africana Studies

Are you interested in uncovering and understanding the complex historical, political, social and economic conditions of African and African-descended peoples? Do you want to study the connections between ancient African cultures and modern hip hop, or how geography and economics affect human health?

If so, the rigorous, multidisciplinary Africana Studies degree from Winston-Salem State University may just be the perfect program for you. You’ll work and engage in research alongside faculty members who are experts in fields as diverse as popular culture, literature, Black arts, human rights and social movements throughout history. Immerse yourself in the rich study of Africana cultures at one of the top Africana Studies programs in the country and prepare for Africana studies jobs ranging from education and social work to policy analysis and journalism.

Earn Your Africana Studies B.S. at Winston-Salem State University

As an Africana Studies major at WSSU, you’ll experience a high-quality education built on a foundational belief in social justice and equity for everyone. Thanks to a balance of theory and practical experience, you’ll get many opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills to the real world.

Get hands-on experience in Africana Studies

One of the reasons that WSSU’s Bachelor of Science in Africana Studies ranks among the top Africana Studies programs in the nation is our commitment to exploration and high-impact learning. We offer courses that let you travel to places such as Kenya, Brazil, Cuba, Egypt, Ghana and South Africa, where you’ll explore the fundamental connections between African and African-descended communities across the world.

Experienced and highly published faculty

Our small class sizes allow you to work closely with our distinguished faculty mentors and collaborate with other Africana Studies majors. You’ll benefit from your teachers’ years of experience in teaching, researching, publishing and advocating for the rights of all.

An interdisciplinary approach to Africana Studies

We stand out from other Africana Studies programs thanks in large part to our focus on creating a true liberal arts educational experience for you. From Black speculative literature to the history of mathematics, our Africana Studies program will improve your critical thinking skills and make you a well-rounded scholar and community member.

What You Can Do With Your Bachelor’s Degree in Africana Studies

Earning a bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies from WSSU prepares you for a huge variety of positions not only in Africana studies jobs but also in related fields such as law, public policy and media. Past Africana Studies program graduates have gone on to work at elementary and secondary schools, international nonprofits and museums.

With the liberal arts education you’ll receive as an Africana Studies major at WSSU, you’ll be especially prepared to excel in graduate programs that will let you continue your research into Africana studies or Africana-related topics.

After graduating from the Africana Studies program at WSSU, you can look forward to many Africana studies jobs and other impactful careers:

Career outlook for Africana Studies graduates

Because of the variety of careers you can find as an Africana Studies major, job outlook depends greatly on your chosen field. As the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, employment for lawyers is predicted to grow by 9% over the next decade, while employment for postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 12%.

Explore Classes for the Africana Studies Program

In WSSU’s Africana Studies program, you’ll build a foundational knowledge of topics including politics, society, literature, identity, media and language. You’ll investigate what it means to be a Black feminist in America, study postcolonial literature and Black speculative fiction and be introduced to the field of Black psychology.

Here are just some of the fascinating courses that make our program one of the most unique Africana Studies degrees available:

View the full Africana Studies program requirements and course catalog.

Your Experience as an Africana Studies Major at Winston-Salem State

Student Life at WSSU

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Support and Resources Available to You

When you join the Africana Studies program, you become a member of our growing “Ramily” of students, faculty and alumni who share your passion for education and making a difference in the world. To experience why we’re among the top HBCUs in the country, explore student life at WSSU, join a Black Greek Letter Organization and become inspired by guest speakers and your peers in The Ideas Lab @ The College.




When you choose to dedicate your academic and professional career to studying Africana cultures and teaching others, you invest in yourself — and those who learn from you. In turn, we invest in supporting you on that journey by offering an affordable Africana Studies program, as well as university-wide scholarships and grants. Learn more about general financial aid opportunities.


As an Africana Studies major and vital member of our Ramily, you’ll be supported every day by caring faculty advisors and extraordinary Academic Success Counselors. Our Career Development Services help students find and prepare for rewarding Africana studies jobs.

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Take the Next Step

When you choose Winston-Salem State University’s Africana Studies program, you choose to embrace cultural diversity. You choose to ignite your passion for learning and teaching. You choose to uncover your strengths and become stronger through knowledge.

You choose to #BeTheNext inspirational thinker, teacher or leader.

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