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Office of Africana Studies


The Office of Africana Studies offers an 18 credit Academic Minor program. This program is an interdisciplinary approach to the experiences of African peoples throughout the world, which can be taken in conjunction with any major academic curriculum. In our multicultural society, a program such as this is beneficial to educators, counselors, social workers, managers, business owners and many other professions. The program utilizes an African-centric perspective to understand the economies, history, culture, education, politics, philosophies, aspirations, achievements of peoples of African descent in Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean and elsewhere. The program can be taken in conjunction with every academic major.

To fulfill the 18 credit requirement for the collateral, students take nine credits from each area:
-Group I/ Required
-Group II/ Electives

Interested students should contact the Office of Africana Studies located in Hutchinson room 103 S & T by calling (908) 737-3915 for advisement.

In addition to the University's admission requirements
-Departmental interview

For a complete list of course descriptions and degree requirements, click here.


29th Anniversary Celebration of Africana Studies: Lecture Series


Tuesday, November 17th
Mr. Sam Pollard: "Editing: The Art of Storytelling"
2:00 pm in the Miron Center - Little Theater
Emmy award winning and Oscar nominated film and television editor Sam Pollard will kick off the series with a discussion of film editing as a creative process. Pollard’s work spans more than 30 years and includes If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise, a Spike Lee-directed follow-up to When The Levees Broke.  Best known for his work on the Spike Lee features Clockers, Girl 6, and Bamboozled, Pollard recently completed his first feature-length documentary, Venus and Serena

Wednesday, November 18th
Ms. Jessie Maple: "Jessie Maple: Producer, Director and Independent Film Maker"
12:30 pm in the Miron Center - Little Theatre
Following her education at WNET Channel 13 Training School and Third World Cinema in New York, Jessie Maple became the first African American woman to join the International Photographers of Motion Picture & Television (IATSE) union in New York in 1974. Her lecture will focus on her documentary, Will. Written, produced, and directed by Maple, Will depicts a former All-American basketball player’s struggle to kick his drug habit. The first independent feature film to be directed by a black woman, Will delivers a positive message in the face of poignant tragedy.

Thursday, November 19th
Mr. Lawrence Walker: “Sweet Georgia Brown: Impact, Courage, Sacrifice and Will"
12:30 pm in the Miron Center - Little Theater
Lawrence E. Walker has spent the last seven years researching African American historic sites in New Jersey and neighboring states.  Journey to Freedom: The African American Experience in New Jersey, 1638-1931, a project which includes a book, an educational CD-Rom, and an inspirational music CD, is a compilation of his findings. Walker is president of Bull’s Eye Production, Inc. in Somerset. His most recent work highlights the experiences of black women enlisted in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) during WWII.  


Thursday, December 17th
2015 Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration -1 pm - 3 pm - Downs Hall

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