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.
Unique Patterson ’10
Major: Sociology, Africana Studies (Minor)
“Someone recommended Sociology as a major and after a few classes in both Sociology and Africana Studies, I became fascinated with the opportunities in both fields.”
Unique majored in Sociology and minored in Africana studies. She came to Gettysburg with a business major in mind, but found interest in education inequality, and turned to Sociology and Africana Studies. She is currently an Admission Counselor at Lebanon Valley College. Prior to this, she was a College Advisor at Chambersburg Area Senior High School, and served two years with the College Advising Corps. As an Admission Counselor, Unique shares her experience at Gettysburg to encourage students and parents to consider the countless opportunities at liberal arts colleges. Her advice to current students: network, utilize faculty and staff on campus, and to do what you love; follow through with what you're passionate about.
Prof. Paul Austerlitz discusses his research and courses he teaches in the Africana Studies department.