You will find a transdisciplinary and cross-cultural department with an innovative and visionary curriculum. As a major you will become familiar with the central questions and debates in the field, so you focus on five geographic areas – Africa, the Caribbean, the United States, Latin America and Europe – and the links between them.
Jorett Joseph ’15 says she could not have foreseen the experiences and studies she would embrace at Hamilton College, among them an Africana studies major and grant-funded research. She expected to major in government but fell in love with Africana studies and majored in both.More >>
At the end of her senior year, Africana studies major Kiana Sosa ’15 was awarded a Bristol Fellowship from Hamilton College. That enabled her to spend the year after graduation traveling the world to research a project she devised: examining hip-hop culture related to the theatre arts. Her first stop was London, where she is immersed in its large hip-hop theatre dance scene. She's found professional hip-hop dancers who are exploring ways to incorporate theatre arts into their choreography. Sosa says that’s exhilarating to watch but her interest is the other way around – incorporating hip-hop aesthetics into the theatre arts. Her itinerary includes Florence, Italy; Accra, Ghana; and Tokyo, Japan. Post fellowship, she’ll pursue a master’s degree at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. “I proposed an area of study in hip-hop theatre and was accepted into the master’s program a month before I received the Bristol Fellowship. I deferred enrollment for a year while I travel,” Sosa says.More >>
Hamilton graduates who concentrated in Africana studies are pursuing careers in a variety of fields, including: