A new Africana Studies major was recently approved by the state Education Department.
“I think this is a fantastic opportunity for students to further their global education,” said Deidre Hill Butler, associate professor of sociology and director of the Africana Studies program. “It’ll really support the liberal arts offerings here at Union.”
In the new major, students can take courses on a wide range of topics related to Africana studies, such as “African Ethnographies,” an anthropology course; “The History of Jazz,” based in the Music Department; and “African American Political Thought” in political science.
Union offers 41 majors and 58 minors, and students may choose double majors, combined majors and minors, interdepartmental and multidisciplinary concentrations, and area, ethnic and cultural studies programs.