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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Africana Studies

Department Information

Department Chair: Maulana Karenga

Department Office: Psychology Building (PSY), Room 306

Telephone / FAX: (562) 985‑4624 / (562) 985‑5599

Faculty: LaRese Hubbard, Maulana Karenga, Alosi Moloi, Bede M. Ssensalo, Skyne Uku‑Wertimer, Aaron Wilson

Undergraduate Advisor: Maulana Karenga

Administrative Support Coordinator: Monique Hedrick-Walters

Students desiring information should contact the department office for referral or the faculty advisor.

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The discipline of Africana Studies focuses on the critical study of African Americans, Continental Africans, Afro-Caribbeans and Afro-Latinos, but also allows for study of African peoples in Asia and Europe. It emphasizes an interdisciplinary and multicultural approach to teaching.

The Africana Studies Department encourages students to take advantage of opportunities to do service learning and internships, and study abroad. The Department encourages and supports faculty/student collaboration in conferences, forums, field trips and joint research and writing projects.

The subspecialties of the disciplines of Africana Studies include: Africana theory and philosophy; Africana women's studies; African American historical studies; and Continental African studies.

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Africana Studies

Undergraduate Programs