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Africana Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #901 (ARWU) North Adams, MA, United States
The Africana Studies program at Williams College is a thriving interdisciplinary academic concentration that critically and systematically examines the cultures, histories, and experiences of people of African descent globally, and that grounds students in their multiple ways of knowing. 
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Through a wide variety of courses and programming in the humanities, arts, and social sciences, we take up the broader concerns of Africana Studies as a field, merge them with our dynamic faculty expertise and interests, and combine them with the educational needs of our diverse student population to encourage multi and interdisciplinary research, writing, and analysis. 

Even as intellectual rigor is a significant programmatic focus, we also recognize the importance of grounding intellectual engagement with activism and life experience, and we assist students in finding unique and compelling perspectives from which to pursue and to make their own contributions to the field of Africana Studies.

The Africana Studies program at Williams College stands in critical relation to other disciplines and fields because of its premise that the vast experiences of people of Africa and the African Diaspora are important and worthy of critical exploration and engagement, and its valuing of black experience and knowledge as essential rather than peripheral. 

Learning Objectives

The Africana Studies Department builds knowledge about communities throughout the African Diaspora by way of interdisciplinary analyses of black embodiment in contemporary spaces—which may take the form of cultural expressions in theater, literature, music, and religion; political strivings and imaginations; displacement and annihilation under environmental distress; and representations in, and creations of, new technologies. 

Several learning objectives unify our teaching in Africana Studies:

  • to introduce students to the content and contours of Africana Studies as a long-standing and vibrant field of knowledge;
  • to disrupt the peripheral placement of peoples of African descent in traditional disciplines by using interdisciplinary methods to center their histories, experiences, and perspectives;
  • to illuminate the vast range, power, and influence of Black cultural productions;
  • to parse out the deep roots of grassroots activism that dismantles innumerable manifestations of anti-black racism both within and beyond communities of African descent;
  • to understand rich intersections of race, gender, class, and sexuality, both historically and in contemporary societies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Travel Narratives and African History
  • Materials, Meanings, and Messages in the Arts of Africa and the Diaspora
  • Musics of Africa
  • Contemporary Africana Social and Political Philosophy
  • A Composer's History of Jazz
  • Thirteen Ways of Looking at Jazz
  • Slavery in the United States
  • Politics and Prose: Invisible Man in Historical Context

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • Early Decision Agreement Form (Early Decision applicants ONLY)
  • SAT or ACT
  • School Report
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Recommendations

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for North Adams

  • 876 - 1820 USD/month
    Living Costs

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