Africana Studies Program

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What We Do

The Africana Studies Program at Rhode Island College is one of the oldest Black studies programs in New England. We offer a transdisciplinary curriculum in the arts, humanities and social/behavioral sciences.

Contact Information
Program Director

Sadhana Bery
sbery@ric.edu


Teresa Woodbury
Higher Education Administration Assistant II

Established in 1972, the Africana Studies Program at Rhode Island College is one of the oldest Black studies programs in the New England area. RIC offers both a major and a minor in Africana studies, with an interdisciplinary curriculum that encompasses the social/behavioral sciences, humanities and the arts. Courses in the program enable students to gain both a historical and contemporary understanding of the variegated experiences of people of African descent throughout the world. Africana studies is an ideal field of study for students who aspire to careers in education, law, public policy, public health and social work.

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Rhode Island College is an exclusive member of the Common Application. All students applying for undergraduate admission must complete the Common Application. This includes freshmen, second degree students, re-admits and international applicants.

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RIC’s Africana Studies Program is committed to furthering the Black intellectual tradition that centers the study of Black life from the perspective of Black people.