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Africana/Black Studies

Africana/Black Studies allows you to build a foundation to better understand different cultures and how they can work together.

Africana/Black Studies is an interdisciplinary, liberal arts minor that allows you to examine the intellectual traditions and cultural contributions made by people of African descent throughout 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 exploring with weighty and pervasive problems such as racism and the persistent presence of colonialism in the global economy and sociocultural network, the minor’s courses prepare you to be a rigorous thinker and 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 diverse 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.


Alex Perullo, Ph.D.
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 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.

Broadening her horizons

Tiffany Crapps '10
Path: MBA candidate, Springfield College

Not content to stay in just one place, Crapps augmented her minor in Africana/Black Studies by studying abroad in the West African country of Ghana where she participated in a traditional African dance class, visited former slave castles in Elmina and Cape Coast, and learned one of the most widely spoken local languages, Twi. Bringing her enthusiasm on campus, Crapps was also a member of the Multicultural Student Union, served on the Black History Month Committee, and was a volunteer tax intern, helping people with low incomes complete their taxes.


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.