At Williams College, Africana Studies is a thriving concentration that takes up the broader concerns of Africana Studies as a field, merges them with our dynamic faculty expertise and interests, and combines them with the educational needs of our diverse student population. We seek to ground students in the multiple knowledges that people of African descent embrace, and encourage students to acquire skills in multi and interdisciplinary research, writing, and analysis. Although intellectual rigor is a significant programmatic focus, we also recognize the importance of grounding intellectual engagement with 10/9/2015 Africana Studies activism and life experience.
The Program offers a wide variety of courses in the humanities, arts, and social sciences to fulfill these objectives.
Faculty research interests range over all of these fields, and assist them in helping students to find unique and compelling perspectives from which to pursue and to make their own contributions to the field of Africana Studies.