Welcome to CSUDH's Africana Studies Department, “A Place Where Scholars, Thinkers, and Leaders are Nurtured”. Our academic programs offer students the opportunity to study the historical, literary, and contemporary realities of the African world experience.

Africana Studies

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Africana Studies Department Info Regarding COVID-19

September 1, 2021

Greetings! Thank you for visiting the Africana Studies department webpage. COVID-19 has impacted our daily lives in unprecedented ways, however, our commitment to student success and excellence has never wavered. Please take a moment to read the following information items:

The Africana Studies Department Office:

As of August 23, Africana Studies faculty will be teaching remotely, and the World Cultural Studies office will only be open on a very limited basis. Because of this, phone calls are not the most effective means of contacting us.

When visiting the World Cultural Studies Office, you must always wear a mask over your mouth and nose. Likewise, you must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Failure to comply with these health and safety measures will result in you being asked to leave and any rude, belligerent, or otherwise disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated.

Contact Information:

Generally speaking, e-mail gives you the best way to contact us. Of course, if you have a question regarding an Africana Studies class that you are currently enrolled in, you should contact your instructor directly. If you want more general information and want to e-mail the department, please email our department chair at the email address listed below:

Dr. Donna Nicol, dnicol@csudh.edu

We will get back to you as soon as we can.


We will of course continue to advise students as best we can. All students should seek advising at least once during the semester, especially those who anticipate graduating soon. The following information may help:
  • All Africana Studies Majors and Minors: Please contact Dr. Gammage (jgammage@csudh.edu) or Dr. Nicol (dnicol@csudh.edu) for advising. They can help with grad checks, course substitutions, and advise you on which classes to register for over email. Be sure to include “AFS Advising Request” in the subject heading of your email.

Departmental Activities and Events:

Our customary in-person activities including our Fall Mixer, Distinguished Lecture Series, Black History Month Events, MLK Symposium will be held virtually until further notice. If you are an Africana Studies major/minor, please check your Toromail for announcements about upcoming departmental events.

We thank you for your patience during this difficult time and look forward to assisting you.

Dr. Donna Nicol, Africana Studies Department Chair