Welcome to the Africana and Black Studies Program

In the Africana and Black Studies Department, we believe that education is about more than just gaining knowledge.

About Africana and Black Studies

AT CWU, we aim to create an intellectual and physical space where you can engage with the rich cultural heritage and history of the African diaspora. We also provide a platform for you to critically examine social and political issues that impact Black communities. We believe that by building community in this way, we can help create a better world for everyone. So come join us in the Africana and Black Studies Department – where you belong, and where together we can make a real difference.

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Why Choose Africana and Black Studies at CWU?

Africana and Black Studies considers the experiences, cultures, arts, and histories of people of Africa and the African diaspora all over the world. We focus on issues of social justice and community empowerment, preparing you to make a positive impact on your community. Whether you're interested in pursuing a career in the nonprofit sector, education, social justice advocacy, media, or law an Africana and Black Studies degree can help prepare you for success.

Degree Options

Offering courses in disciplines across departments, our graduates leave Central with a developed sense of social consciousness, social responsibility, and social justice.

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For general university admissions information, contact the Office of Admissions. For advising information, contact Academic Advising.


Black Lives Matter—Learn More and Create Change

Africana and Black Studies’ faculty member, Salam Awad, met the needs of CWU students in 2020 by offering a Black Lives Matter (BLM) Global Issues course, which explored the intersectional solidarity of the BLM movement and its connections to the state of the world.

In 2021, faculty member Nastashia Lindsey, spoke to the issue through her BLM and US course, which utilized the narratives from Black artists, scholars, and activists to examine the BLM.

The Africana and Black Studies faculty continues to examine and address the historical and contemporary challenges within our local and global communities.

Wildcats Do the Work that Moves our World Forward

Our students are highly engaged, utilizing their knowledge and skills to inform others and create community. Student clubs associated with Black and Africana Studies include:

  • Central African Student Association
  • Black Student Union
  • Sisters CWU

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