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Overview and Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Africana Studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver! Our 40-plus years history dates back to 1969, with the groundbreaking work of Dr. Wilton Flemon and legendary Professor Rachel B. Noel. Africana Studies offers a major, a major with elementary education licensure, a major with secondary social studies licensure, and a minor. Furthermore, we provide a range of courses that provide students with an engaging curriculum that addresses various dimensions of the global African experience. Our graduates not only receive a solid foundation of knowledge about the contributions of peoples of African descent throughout history, but also, a critical lens with which to confront the challenges facing contemporary Black communities worldwide. In addition to offering a degree program, Africana Studies offers several courses that satisfy the University's General Studies and Multicultural requirements. Students also have opportunities to get involved with the community at large through internships. In the best tradition of the field, members of the Africana Studies faculty place top priority on providing a rewarding educational experience to all students.


We are located in the Central Classroom, Suite 304. We encourage interested students and community members to come meet with members of the faculty and staff.

        Dr. Douglas Mpondi, Department Chair