About Us


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:

  • Communication
  • Literature, and/or
  • History

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.

Why Africana Studies

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At Villanova, Africana Studies is the intellectual space in which Maya Angelou speaks from her own work, or references the Roman literary great, Terence Afer - Terence the African. Here, Toni Morrison invites us to literally "play in the dark" spaces of America's intellectual terrain. Within an intellectual context cultivated by Africana Studies, Cornel West, Lucius Outlaw, Sonia Sanchez, Toni Cade Bambara, James Cone, Albert Rabateau, Houston Baker, Mantia Diawara, Molefe Asante, Shelley Fisher Fiskin, Michael Eric Dyson and many more brilliant minds converge at Villanova to share with this community. Yet, the best of all this is a permanent and dynamic faculty dedicated to the Africana Studies Program who day in and day out, semester after semester, year after year, take their students on the intellectual excursions that seek Africa's gifts, that explore Africa's "newness" wherever it may be found. With this faculty, in the intellectual community of the Africana Studies Program, we come to realize at every evocation of Augustine that we can enter not just African space, but the conceptual space of Africana Studies and the ways in which Africa and peoples of African descent have impacted our lives in both the historical and contemporary senses.