Welcome!

Established in 1969, the Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies offers a rich academic program to all students at The Claremont Colleges. Interdisciplinary in both research and teaching, the department promotes collaborative projects with other departments in our consortium and with scholars at other institutions.  Our curriculum includes courses in anthropology, art history, history, literature, psychology, religious studies, and interdisciplinary areas.  These courses are designed to accommodate the needs of both majors and non-majors. Africana Studies courses and programs provide significant preparation for students pursuing careers in a variety of fields, including education, social work, public policy, law, medicine, business, and international relations.

 

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies (IDAS) is to examine, through various academic disciplines, the experiences of people of African heritage worldwide. The Africana Studies curriculum helps to unify an important area of intellectual investigation and enhances appreciation of particular disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences. The department is committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship and is a vital information resource for students and researchers. Moreover, its faculty endeavors to create an intellectual climate which fosters cross-cultural dialogue.