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.

60 Seconds with Prof. Florence Ramond Jurney

Prof. Florence Ramond Jurney discusses her research and the courses she teaches in the Africana Studies department.


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