University of Notre Dame

College of Arts and Letters

Department of Africana Studies

Our Programs

The Department of Africana Studies offers a major (30 credit hours), supplementary major (24 credit hours), and a minor (15 credit hours) through the College of Arts and Letters. Students must complete the popular introductory course, Introduction to Africana Studies and additional coursework from a flexible program of courses.

The department is committed to helping its students conduct high-quality, original research. Students choosing to major in Africana Studies complete a six-credit senior thesis or internship under the direction of a departmental faculty member during their senior year on campus.

In addition, the department is committed to working with interested students at any point in their academic career to find appropriate resources—financial and academic—for relevant research and projects.

Africana Studies welcomes students who are double majors in the College. In addition, the flexibility of our major and minor draws interested individuals from the Colleges of Business, Science, Engineering, and Architecture. We encourage you to discover how our major fits with your future plans and course of study here at Notre Dame. 


Questions about our major, supplementary major, or minor? Contact Director of Undergraduate Studies Maria McKenna.