Welcome to Africana Studies!


We look forward to meeting new transfer and first-year students at Welcome Days. We look foward to reconnecting with our majors and minors who were away from campus during the summer sessions. Check the "Events and Announcements" section of this page to find programs, meetings and news. Have a wonderful start to your Fall 2017 semester!





Alicia Garza is the 2017 Distinguished Graduate Awardee and Honors Hood Recipient.



Richard Polote is the 2016 recipient of the University's Undergraduate Honors.

Africana studies major Richard Polotoe receives honors and delivers speech at 2016 Commencement at AT&T Park SF

We are the first Department of Black/ Africana Studies. Please see our History to find out more. 

  • Visit our Chair's Message, Mission and Journal pages to learn more about Africana Studies at SF State.
  • Visit our Programs page to find out more about courses, advising and requirements for majors and minors.
  • Visit our Forms page to obtain helpful forms.
  • Visit the People to contactly faculty, staff, students and alumni.
  • Our Department regularly hosts faculty, community partners and other guests to nurture student engagement and professional development through workshops, collaborative events and our distinguished lecture series, Mbongi. We look forward to seeing you at one of these dynamic dialogues in addition to our historic semi-annual luncheon for students (November, February) and at the Jabulani rites-of-passage during the graduation ceremonies in May.

This page features links to our most current announcements and events.

Events and Announcements

Marilyn Varnado, Jerry Wayne Varnado and one of their sons, Jerry Varnado, Jr. at 2011 COES Anniversary Celebration

The Department of Africana Studies proudly announces the generous contributions of BSU co-founder, Jerry Wayne Varnado, Esq.

Garza's Award Address at ATT Park "Ode to Black Women"

If you haven't witnessed the groundbreaking "Ode to Black Women" penned by longtime scholar-activist, community leader and alumna of Africana studies, Alicia Garza, on our home page, then you're mi

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Mbongi is a Kikongo word that refers to the coming together of community members to explain and describe the issues and challenges faced by the community and to explore an