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The minor in Africana studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) offers students an engaging curriculum that addresses various dimensions of the global African experience.

Students learn about the contributions of African-descent peoples throughout history and develop a critical lens with which to confront the challenges facing contemporary Black communities worldwide. Our faculty place top priority on providing a rewarding educational experience to all students.

The Department of Africana Studies delivers all the academic content you expect from a bachelor’s program while also bringing to the table everything that’s unique about MSU Denver’s people and Denver’s rich Africana community. Our students have the following unique opportunities:

  • Learn in small classes from published teaching scholars whose work is printed by leading academic publishers in the U.S.
  • Benefit from one-on-one mentoring and advising that facilitate collaboration, scholastic success and career planning and guidance.
  • Get valuable hands-on experience through internships that connect you to our community and can help jump-start your career.
  • Participate in student organizations like the African Student Union, Black Student Alliance, the Ngaathaje Development Project and more.
  • Take advantage of scholarship opportunities offered through both the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver Guild and the department.

Program Options


The minor in Africana studies requires 21 credit hours of course work within the department.

Other graduation requirements apply.


Career Opportunities for Our Graduates


Whatever your career aspirations, a minor in Africana studies will prepare you for citizenship and workforce participation in an increasingly diverse and intercultural world.


Sample Classes


Introduction to Africana Studies

Survey of African History

Social Movements and the Black Experience

Contemporary Africa

The Black Family

Caribbean History and Culture

African Politics and Government

Hip-Hop Culture and Rap Music

Education of African American Children


Program Accreditation


The minor program in Africana studies at MSU Denver is part of the university’s overall accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).


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