Africana Studies

The Africana Studies program at Drexel University is an exciting interdisciplinary field that offers students the opportunity to explore history, culture, and politics throughout the African Diaspora. Courses and programs vary in themes, but are all focused on the Caribbean, Africa and abroad.

As the picture of business is changing, it is imperative that job applicants show an understanding of the history that has dramatically shaped our world. The minor helps prepare students to meet the challenges of an increasingly diverse and sophisticated global arena.

If you are considering a profession in music, education, law, business management, city planning, international relations, politics, psychology or publishing, Africana Studies could be the right minor for you.

About the Minor

Africana Studies courses offer a broad liberal arts perspective that complements the specialized knowledge of traditional area studies. The minor allows students across the University to gain an understanding of, and background in, the history and cultures of peoples of African descent in North and South America, the Caribbean and Africa. This interdisciplinary minor includes courses in anthropology, history, literature, music, political science and sociology, and provides an opportunity for directed study in areas of particular interest. Students acquire critical research skills as well as invaluable experience working on-site in a variety of non-profit and for-profit agencies.

Course Requirements for Minor in Africana Studies »

Study Abroad in Senegal

Africana Studies minors are now eligible for the Minnesota Studies in International Development study abroad program in Senegal. The program puts students in direct contact with the social and economic realities of actual communities and the people working within them to address complex problems. Through classes, field trips, internships and research, MSID Senegal strives to establish a continual dialogue linking experience with theory and critical analysis.

Drexel students will take four courses and engage in an academic internship or research project during the MSID Senegal program, which is not intended to replace a co-op experience.

Learn more about Drexel’s study abroad program in Senegal »


Africa Union

The AU is based on the common vision of a united and strong Africa and on the need to build a partnership between governments and all segments of civil society, in particular women, youth and the private sector, in order to strengthen solidarity and the cohesion amongst the peoples of Africa.


The Caribbean Community (CARICOM), is an organization of 15 Caribbean nations and dependencies. CARICOM’s main purposes are to promote economic integration and cooperation among its members, to ensure that the benefits of integration are equitably shared, and to coordinate foreign policy.

Congreso, Philadelphia, PA

Founded in 1977 as a grassroots organization providing health services to the region’s Puerto Rican community, Congreso has responded to the community’s changing demographics and evolving needs for more than 30 years by growing into a multifaceted, comprehensive provider of human services.

Taller Puertorriqueño, Philadelphia, PA

Founded in 1974 by Latino artists and activists in the North Kensington area of Philadelphia, Taller Puertorriqueño stands as testament to the wealth of possibilities created when citizens see a need in their community and decide to meet it.

The African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA

The African American Museum in Philadelphia is the first institution built by a major United States city to house and interpret the life and work of African Americans.

The African Studies Association

The African Studies Association was founded in 1957 as a non-profit organization open to all individuals and institutions interested in African affairs. It’s mission is to bring together people with a scholarly and professional interest in Africa.

The Association for the Study of African American Life & History, Washington, DC

The mission of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about Black life, history and culture to the global community.

The Caribbean Studies Association

The Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) is an independent professional organization devoted to the promotion of Caribbean studies from a multidisciplinary, multicultural point of view.

The Latin American Studies Association

The Latin American Studies Association is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America.

Africana Studies Faculty

Alden Young, PhD
Africana Studies Director
Assistant Professor
Phone: 215.571.3626 | Office: MacAlister 3025

Yaba Blay, PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor
Phone: 215.895.1863 | Office: MacAlister 2024