The Africana Studies Program, established in 1994 at Villanova University, is open to all students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This is not a degree program, but rather an opportunity for a Minor or Concentration in the area of Africana Studies.
The Concentration consists of seven courses (21 credit-hours), two of which must be chosen from the Africana Studies Core; one each in the areas of:
- Literature, and/or
The Core is supplemented by four courses from any area of the student’s choosing. Finally, all students must take the Capstone Integrating Pro-seminar.
The Minor follows the same lines and requires the completion of five (5—15 credit hours) with the same Core requirements and the Capstone Integrating Pro-seminar. Africana offerings are abundant. The range is 15-20 courses per semester. The faculty looks forward to eager and active student participation.
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, one of the premier intellects of the modern age, and possibly the instigator of the term "Africana," was quite fond of this citation attributed to Pliny the Elder. Pliny's notion and all of its implications speak to the intellectual excitement inherent to Africana Studies at Villanova.