Center for Africana Studies


The Center for Africana Studies is a place for the critical examination of the human, cultural, social, political, economic and historical factors that have created and shaped the African, African-American and other African diaspora experiences throughout the world.

An academic and research hub, the center places primary emphasis on the ways in which African diasporic experiences and traditions have functioned on a global scale.

In this edition of By The Numbers, we say it loud with the Center for Africana Studies.


Minimum course units required for a major in Africana studies.


Year in which Judge A. Leon Higginbotham was elected the first African-American University Trustee. The center’s annual Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Lecture recognizes Higginbotham’s contributions to the American legal and scholarly communities.


Number of years in which the Center has hosted its Summer Institute for Pre-Freshmen. The intensive, one-week course of study introduces students to major intellectual and cultural themes and currents in 19th, 20th and 21st century African and African Diaspora studies.


Course number for the undergraduate Africana studies class “Elementary Swahili I,” which provides beginner level training and practice in speaking, reading and writing in Swahili.


Year in which Houston A. Baker, Jr. became director of the Afro-American Studies Program, a position he held until 1977. He later became the first director of the now defunct Center for the Study of Black Literature and Culture.  


Number of course units required to obtain a Ph.D. in Africana studies. Additional requirements include a final oral examination and dissertation.

Originally published on October 13, 2011