Africana Studies

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

March 19, 2020

Greetings! Thank you for visiting the Africana Studies department webpage. COVID-19 (aka The Corona Virus) 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 March 17, faculty and staff have been asked to work remotely. This means that the World Cultural Studies department office (which houses Africana Studies, Asian Pacific Studies and Chicana and Chicano Studies) will be closed. Because of this, phone calls are not the most effective means of contacting us. If you need to call, please (818) 934-1081 to speak with our department administrative support coordinator, Ms. Karmela Cooper.

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 administrative support coordinator or our department chair at the email address listed below:

Ms. Karmela Cooper, Dr. Donna Nicol,

One of us 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. Nicol for advising. She 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.

The Douglass-Bethune Africana Graduation Celebration has been postponed until further notice. Ceremonies and Events will be sending out communication (to your Toromail) to the graduating class as to what decisions will be made regarding commencement.

We thank you for your patience during this difficult time and look forward to assisting you.
Dr. Donna Nicol, Africana Studies Department Chair