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Welcome to African and Black Studies!

CWU African and Black Studies students graduating, dancing, and studying

Now offering this Fall:    

Sub Cat Sec Title Name Credits Days S Time E Time Modality
ABS 110 001 Intro to the African American Odyssey Lindsey, Natashia  5 M W 1:00PM 2:30PM P
ABS 184 001 Black American Film Pengilly, Cynthia  4 T TH 1:00PM 2:50PM P
ABS 315 A01 Black Hair Politics Pengilly, Cynthia  5 T 4:00PM 5:50PM IT


Mapping the Intersections of Poverty, Race and COVID-19
APRIL 2022   

Photo of person writing their name on large wall labeled COVID-19 Poverty Memorial Wall  



The Africana and Black Studies minor offers interdisciplinary study of the historical, cultural, economic, and political institutions that affect people of African ancestry, particularly Black Americans. The program also emphasizes how people of African ancestry have changed and shaped these institutions. Offering courses in disciplines across CWU colleges, ABS prepares global citizens equipped with a sense of social consciousness, social responsibility, and social justice.

Through interdisciplinary study and innovative learning experiences, students prepare for life in a changing world. Africana and Black Studies embodies the university’s commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and equity. Students from diverse backgrounds, faculty across disciplines, and Student Life professionals come together to create an intellectual and physical space for the study and advancement of knowledge about Black America, Africa, and the African diaspora.

Contact the Director, Dr. Bobby Cummings, at

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