The Africana Studies Major at Davidson

The Africana Studies major is dedicated to the critical examination of the experience of people of whole or partial African descent whether they are in Africa, the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe or other places around the world.

The Africana Studies Department requires 10 courses for the completion of the major. We highly recommend that students begin their study with AFR 101.

Courses You Might Take

AFR 305

Major Thinkers:Robinson&Wynter


The course is designed to expose students to classical and foundational figures who have contributed to shaping major debates, theories, or methodological approaches to this interdisciplinary field. More broadly, the objective of the course is to enable students to gain competency in…

ENG 220

Literary Analysis

Churchill, Miller

Designed for potential majors. Emphasizes theoretical approaches and critical strategies for the written analysis of poetry, fiction, and drama and/or film. Writing intensive. Required for the major. Students who major in English should complete 220 by…

MUS 246

Music of Brazil


(Cross-listed with MUS 346.)  A survey of cultivated and vernacular traditions of Brazilian music from colonial times to the present. Topics include: sacred and secular colonial music, the barroco mineiro, nationalism, the avant-garde, samba, bossa nova, MPB,