The goal of Hamilton's Africana Studies Department is to explore the dynamics of African-based cultures in their many dimensions and across many borders and eras.
The Africana Studies Department at Hamilton began to be molded in the mid-1980s in response to students who pressed for a space within the academy where issues of race and the lives of people of Africa and the African diaspora could be explored. From the beginning, the department has been transdisciplinary and cross-cultural. It has an innovative and visionary curriculum.
Africana Studies faculty and students come from a wide range of racial and ethnic backgrounds, bringing to the classroom a diversity of experiences, perspectives and disciplinary strengths.
Africana Studies majors become familiar with the central questions and debates in the field. They focus on five geographic areas; Africa, the Caribbean, the United States, Latin America, and Europe and the links between them. Students may focus on one or more of those areas and may pursue courses in Africana Studies as well as cross listed courses in anthropology, classics, English, government, history and other disciplines.