Celebrating 30 Years: 1986 – 2016

Africana Studies Program

Africana Studies combines a traditional liberal arts perspective with interdisciplinary skills of investigation, analysis, and communication for students of all backgrounds.

Africana Studies offers both a major and a minor.

Find out more about our programs, explore the courses offered, and meet our faculty.

Alumni Spotlight

Lawrese Brown ’10

Majors: Africana Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies

“Gettysburg College provided an academic and experiential platform for me to explore a multitude of interests–communications, public relations, politics, and social justice–all areas which are still important to me and have shaped my career path.”

Lawrese Brown decided to attend Gettysburg because she saw that the faculty were genuinely invested in the success of their students. She double-majored in Africana Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies. She is the founder of Brown Coaching and Consulting, LLC, an organization that promotes confidence, resilience, and achievement in high school and college students. Before that, she managed a program in a non-profit that focused on career readiness for first-generation college students. Brown credits her Africana Studies courses with training her to understand and articulate complex issues. Her advice to current students: never be afraid to start over, always give back, and always have a goal in mind.

Faculty Author Video Series

Prof. Jennifer Bloomquist discusses her linguistics research.

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