African and African American Studies

Interdisciplinary Program

Students can minor in African and African American studies at Centre College. The minor focuses on the regions of West Africa and the American South because they have been the primary sites of interaction between Africa and North America. The trans-Atlantic slave trade initiated a centuries-long exchange of foodways, religious practices, music, language, and populations that fundamentally changed the world. Students examine the social, political, economic, artistic, racial, and gendered experiences of African and African American peoples through a variety of disciplines including anthropology, sociology, history, politics, music, and literature. Although the focus is on the African continent and the United States, African America is broadly defined to include Canada, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.


Jonathon Earle (chair-fall), Andrea Abrams, Satty Flaherty-Echeverría, Lori Hartmann, Chantell Limerick, Nathan Link, Tara Strauch, Ian Wilson (chair-spring)

African and African American Studies Courses

Course Descriptions