Welcome to Africana Studies!


Wednesday, September 13 is the add/drop deadline , and degree applications for Fall 2017 are due September 29. Please recall that the forms that students need are on our Department website  under the menu item titled Forms.
We look foward to reconnecting with our majors and minors in Fall 2017. Note 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

The Mbongi Talk, "Harlem2Tokyo" will be this Tuesday, September 19th from 11:00 am - 12:30pm.

Professors McDougal, Flannery and Flamer

We are honored to co-sponsor the Mbongi series with the inaugural Black Unity Center at San Francisco State University! 

Our Fall 2017 Mbongi speakers are:

A photo of the Divine 9 after the event

It’s that time of year again where the National Pan Hellenic Council (also known as the Divine 9) came together to present their sorority or fraternity in a formal presentation in their

Right before the meeting started.

The Black Student Union held their first BSU meeting of the year on September 6, 2017 at the very top of the Cesar Chavez building.

At the Black Unity Center launch. Pictured from left to right: Ghila Ademeskel, Professor Madeline Flamer, Ifetayo Flannery, Dr. Serie Mcdougal (The director of the center),Professor Doñela Wright, Dr. Oscar Stewart and Hanna Wodaje.

As a response to the demands of the Black Student Union, San Francisco State University finally opened up a Black Unity Center this past week on September 5th.