• Gondwe Lecture

    Opal Tometi delivers the 10th Annual Derrick K. Gondwe Memorial Lecture.

  • Spring Honors Day

    Rashida Aluko-Roberts '15 accepts the Ann Julia Cooper/W.E.B. DuBois/Cheik Anta-Diop Award for Academic Excellence in Africana Studies on Spring Honors Day.

  • Commencement

    Africana Studies minor Georgia Ferguson '15 walks up the Penn Hall steps during Commencement 2015.

  • Spring Honors Day

    AFS major Rashida Aluko-Roberts '15 carries the academic program banner for AFS on Commencement Weekend.

  • Social activism lecture

    Andrew El Kadi presents on #blacklivesmatter and other social media activism.

  • AFS Emerging Scholars Lecture

    2nd Biennial AFS Emerging Scholars Lecture 2014

  • AFS 246 class

    Prof. Hakim Williams and his AFS 246 class travel to Trinidad to study Human Rights Policy and its practice in the Caribbean.

  • 2013 CPC Conference attendees with Angela Davis

    Dr. Angela Davis, with 2013 CPC Conference attendees, after her keynote speech

  • Prof. Hakim Williams

    Prof. Hakim Williams Wins the Dr. Ralph Cavaliere Endowed Teaching Award

  • 2013 CPC keynote speaker Angela Davis
  • Lauren Roedner curates exhibit in Special Collections

    Lauren Roedner '13 curates exhibit in Special Collections

Africana Studies Programs

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

Robia Smith-Herman '11

Majors: Psychology and Africana Studies 

Robia came to Gettysburg for the same reason that countless other students did: it felt like the right place to live and study for the next four years of her life. She majored in Africana Studies and Psychology, which started her on her career path to the mental health field. After graduating, Robia accepted a position as a Lead Clinician at NorthEast Treatment Centers, a dual diagnosis and treatment facility. She is currently a primary therapist at the Renfrew Center in Randor, PA, an eating disorder treatment facility, and is also a licensed social worker for the state of Pennsylvania. Robia’s liberal arts education gave her the foundation and flexibility to pursue and succeed in a wide range of potential careers. Her advice to current students is to take advantage of the career resources available through Gettysburg College, from internships and job shadows to networking dinners in order to learn, connect, and gain experience.

90 Seconds with Prof. Paul Austerlitz

Prof. Paul Austerlitz discusses his research and courses he teaches in the Africana Studies department.

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