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Wunyabari O. Maloba

Welcome to the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Delaware.

Since its founding, the Department has sought to achieve a consistent set of objectives.  These objectives are:  educate the University students (through course offerings) on the rich and varied experiences of African Americans in the USA; generate new knowledge and scholarly analysis on the roles and contributions of African Americans in the USA; employ an interdisciplinary approach in the study and critical analysis of past and current struggles for freedom, liberation and progress of African Americans in the USA and similar struggles by black people in the diaspora; study and publish on questions of race and racism as manifested in the historical development of the USA (and in the diaspora); encourage and provide opportunities to our students and faculty for public service (especially to the black communities in the State of Delaware); forge programmatic and strategic linkages with other programs and units on-campus (and beyond) who pursue similar objectives; and contribute toward the advancement of diversity at the University.

The Department has an on-going association with several departments including:  English, Art History, Sociology, Political Science, Anthropology, Psychology, Public Policy and Women’s Studies.  We also maintain an association with several interdisciplinary programs including:  African Studies, Latin American Studies and International Relations.

We have outstanding faculty.  They are nationally and internationally renowned scholars.  They are also outstanding instructors.  Students enrolled in our courses are taught by some of the leading scholars in their fields.

We offer a wide range of courses in:  Black women and work; African history; the civil rights movement; hip hop culture and black men in the street; Black women’s history; psychological perspectives on African Americans; African American literature; and museums and race.  More courses are planned in areas such as law enforcement, race and social justice; race and disparities in health care in the USA; and molecular biology of race.

We encourage our students to become involved in faculty research efforts through the University’s Undergraduate Research Program, sponsored by the University’s Honors Program.

Our graduates have found employment opportunities in education, legislative and public affairs, counseling and community organizations.  Others have found employment in journalism, advertising and marketing, human resources, social services and the fashion industry.  An impressive number of our graduates have gone to graduate school and/or professional schools.

As you can see, this is an intellectually vibrant department that cares deeply about its students.  Come in and talk to us!

W. O. Maloba

Chair, Department of Africana Studies

Professor of History and Africana Studies

University of Delaware

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