The Department of Africana Studies offers a range of courses that capture the depth and breadth of global African experiences, both historically and contemporarily. Specifically, Africana is an inclusive term, one that encompasses Black communities in the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and the Americas, as well as those of Continental Africa and the United States. These courses provide a comprehensive understanding of the global African heritage. Furthermore, they illuminate: contributions of Black people to the development of United States and world history; Black cultures and communities; political activity and potential; religious development and importance; community service and resource assistance; and prognosis and potential for social change. Some courses may apply toward General Studies requirements and serve as electives for graduation. Students seeking secondary education licensure with a social studies endorsement or elementary education licensure must satisfy the teacher education program of MSU Denver in addition to all of the major requirements.
The major in Africana Studies, which leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree, and the minor program must be planned in consultation with the chair of the department. Before declaring Africana Studies as a major, the student must consult with the department chair. Students seeking secondary education licensure or elementary education licensure must consult with an advisor in Africana Studies and one in Secondary or Elementary Education.