CSUN Department of Africana Studies

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The Department of Africana Studies is an intellectual community and academic unit committed to producing, refining and advancing the holistic knowledge of Black people in the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and Africa from a culturally relevant perspective. Our mission is to advance and broaden ideas set forth in the Department’s founding document in 1969 that seek to promote the rich, dynamic, and enduring nature of the African world experience through a comprehensive curriculum and innovative modes of teaching, research, and learning. To this end, we are committed to providing students with a learning environment that critically examines Africana history, politics, literature, culture, arts, media, and values. Our major goal relating to this mission is twofold: to investigate areas of the Black experience that have been marginalized, neglected or distorted by white supremacy and racial oppression, and, through this effort, to identify and appreciate the historic achievements, challenges, and substantive contributions of peoples of African descent to world civilization and culture.

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