Welcome to Africana Studies!

 Check out our Student Engagement Center and "Study Support" as you prepare for exams and assignments. Be in touch with faculty advisers! Click the website menu links for more information about completing your BA degree in Africana Studies.






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.


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

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

Events and Announcements

The Varnado Family in 2011 at an Anniversary Event for the College of Ethnic Studies

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

Artist, writer, and scholar of visual culture, Duane Deterville, hosted the Black Unity Center’s event, “The Future Blackwards: Afrifuturism and Black Visual Culture” on October 3rd.

Make a gift donation to the Africana Studies Department today! Any amount is appreciated and it all goes back to continue to help the department thrive.

Jerry Wayne Varnado received a BA in Economics from San Francisco State University in 1969.