Africana Studies

You will find a transdisciplinary and cross-cultural department with an innovative and visionary curriculum. As a major you will become familiar with the central questions and debates in the field, so you focus on five geographic areas – Africa, the Caribbean, the United States, Latin America and Europe – and the links between them.

Henry Johnstone '17 and Professor Shelley Haley eat lunch in the Diner

A student’s choice: Africana studies – for the whole picture

After taking two 100-level Africana studies courses his first year at Hamilton College, Henry Johnstone ’17 felt the need to learn more in the field. His high school hadn’t been diverse. The history books he’d been exposed to, he says, “only told the white-framed side of history” and he wanted the whole picture. And the courses were interesting and classes were small even by Hamilton’s standards, which made for great discussions. Johnstone majored in Africana studies. He says it dovetails nicely with his sociology minor and his plans to become a high school teacher. He’s aiming for Teach for America.

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Denise Ghartey '12, left, was awarded the Bristol Fellowship at Class and Charter Day in May, 2012.

A graduate’s progress: a fellowship, research abroad

Denise Ghartey ’12, an Africana studies major, received one of Hamilton College’s highest honors – a Bristol Fellowship. That meant after graduation she could travel abroad to research a project she devised: “Nowhere and Everywhere: A Cross Cultural Exploration of How Multicultural Young People Explore Their Identities.”

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