Events celebrating the milestone, Nov. 9-11, include a dinner, an awards ceremony and a tribute to the arts.
In 1991, the department changed its name from Afro-American Studies to African Studies.
Original Afro-American Studies faculty hired in 1972.
The Africana Studies Department is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with a weekend full of events, Nov. 9-11.
- Friday, Nov. 9
Reception and tribute to the arts
- Saturday, Nov. 10
Conference with panelists from SDSU, San Francisco State University, University of Illinois
- Sunday, Nov. 11
About the Department
In 1972, seven people were hired core faculty for the School of Afro-American Studies.
In 1973, the Academic Senate approved a degree for Afro-American Studies. The first national Black Studies Conference was hosted by the department in the spring of 1973, which became an annual event for more than 10 years.
In 1991, the department changed its name to African Studies.
With a commitment to academic excellence and social responsibilty, in the next ten years the department aims to add more students as part of an increased commitment to community engagement.
For more information, visit the Afircana Studies Department website.