Africana/Black Studies allows you to build a foundation to better understanding different cultures and how they can work together.
Africana/Black Studies minor is an interdisciplinary, liberal arts minor that allows you to examine the intellectual traditions and cultural contributions made by people of African descent all over the world. Its broad focus on African, African American, Afro-Latino/a, Afro-Brazilian, and Caribbean communities allows you to stretch the boundaries of your worldview and develop skills in effective communication and innovative problem solving across racial and ethnic lines.
In addition, by wrestling with weighty and pervasive problems such as racism and the persistent presence of colonialism in the global economy and socio-cultural network, the minor’s courses prepare you to be a rigorous thinker as well as a responsible, ethical professional and citizen.
Future careers, post-grad opportunities
A minor in Africana/Black Studies enables you to develop the competence to reason logically and analytically about a wide range of problems that apply to different cultures in business, government, and global markets. You will find that complementing your major course of study with this minor adds to your value as a prospective employee or service provider in a wide variety of fields.
A 12-credit minor
Twelve (12) hours of Africana/Black Studies coursework, including no more than one (1) 200-level course
No more than two (2) Africana/Black Studies courses in any one discipline
Race and Ethnicity (SOC453)
CONNECTING MUSIC AND CULTURE
Alex Perullo, Ph.D.
Associate professor of Anthropology and African Studies
From anthropology to ethnomusicology to African studies, Perullo is the man to turn to at Bryant.
The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities recently awarded Perullo a grant to create the African Digital Archive, a multimedia resource about African people who have immigrated to Rhode Island.
Perullo, whose work has been published in Africa Today , Popular Music and Society , Ethnomusicology , and several edited volumes, also founded the Tanzania Education Research Project to provide resource support to schools in that country.
SPREADING THE WORD ON RACE
Isaac Whitworth '13
Studying : Literary and Cultural Studies, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Africana/Black Studies
My project, “Reading Between the Lines (Reconstructing Asian American and African American History),” focused on race and the use of race as a metaphor.
Presenting in front of a large crowd at Bryant’s annual Research and Engagement Day was kind of scary and, at the same time, it was exactly what I was looking for.
The topic of race and genealogy isn’t discussed enough, but events such as this cause a chain reaction and help spread the word. I enjoyed expressing myself and presenting about a topic that I was most passionate about.