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The Africana Studies Program

East Tennessee State University

The Africana Studies Program

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Africana Studies is an interdisciplinary program, encompassing the study of the history of Africa and the African Diaspora. Its professors are involved in disciplines that include art, criminal justice, geography, history, literature, music, political science, and sociology.

Africana Studies embraces the research, interpretation, and dissemination of knowledge related to African civilizations and peoples of African heritage.

Using the tools of the social sciences and humanities, the program examines the social, political, economic, and cultural issues of Africa and the African Diaspora, past and present.

Components of the Program:

  • Study Tours
  • Internships
  • Lecture Series
  • Concerts, Plays, and other cultural activities
  • Minor in Africana Studies
  • Newsletters


The Africana Studies Program at ETSU is committed to promoting scholarship, public service, and intellectual growth.

The program is dedicated to providing undergraduate and graduate courses in the social sciences and humanities. Also, part of its mission is to prepare students for careers in a variety of fields, such as education, law, journalism, administrative work, business, social work, museums, and politics.

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The Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) are delighted to announce the 2020 Medgar and Myrlie Evers Research Scholars Program, designed to encourage and support research using the wealth of primary resources documenting the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi and the nation at the archives in Jackson.
This comprehensive scholarship of $4,000 will be awarded to an upper-level graduate student or early-career faculty member for research conducted at the Archives in summer 2020. The stipend may be used to cover travel, housing, and other expenses incurred while in Jackson.

Please visit the link below  for an application and additional information. The deadline to receive applications is Friday, March 27, 2020, 5 p.m. CST.

 Thanks for your interest and assistance. Please excuse any cross-posting. If you have any questions, email Laura Anne Heller  
David M. Pilcher
Director, Archives and Records Services
Mississippi Department of Archives and History


African Art on Display

Beautiful authentic African art has been donated to the Africana Studies Program. The art can be viewed on Wednesdays, 11 A.M - 2:00 P.M. and Fridays, from 11:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M. The Africana Studies Art Museum is located at ETSU in the Campus Central Building, room 213. 




AFAM Courses Offered for Fall 2020

Dept. Course ID Course Name Professor Room Days Time
AFAM 3989 Cooperative Education Dorthy Drinkard-Hawkshawe Rogers-Stout Hall 104 T TR 12:45pm- 2:05 pm
AFAM 4950 Senior Seminar Dorthy Drinkard-Hawkshawe Rogers-Stout Hall 104 TR 02:15 pm-03:35 pm
HIST 3720 History of Africa  Dorthy Drinkard-Hawkshawe Rogers-Stout Hall 124 TR 09:45 am-11:05 am
HIST 3900 African American to 1877 Dorthy Drinkard-Hawkshawe Rogers-Stout Hall 124 TR 08:15 am-09:35 am
GEOG 1012 Intro Cultural Geography TBA  Online Course Online Online
ENGL 2055 African American Literature TBA Online Course Online Online
ENGL 4207 Lit of the South Thomas Alan Holmes Burleson Hall 302 TR 11:15am-12:45pm
MUSC 1035 History of Jazz Michael Baggetta Mathes Hall 107 TR 9:45am-11:45 am
PSCI  3060 Southern Politics John David Briley Rogers-Stout Hall 327 MWF 10:25 am-11:20 am
PSCI 4030 Black American Political Thought Adam G Dickson Rogers-Stout Hall 325 TR 4:00 pm-6:50 pm
SOWK 1030 Cultural Diversity Jennifer R Geiger Rogers‐Stout Hall TR 9:00 am -10:20 am
SOWK 1030 Cultural Diversity Deborah Ann Thibeault Online Course Online Online
SOAA 3800 Religion, Society, & Culture Adria Ryan McLaughlin  Online Course Online Online
SOCI 3110 Minorities Kittye Karol Hirsch Online Course Online Online


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