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  • Jennifer Padilla Wyse

    • Coordinator, African and African American Studies
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 239-D
    • tel: 610-499-4374

African & African American Studies

Why Widener?

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Interdisciplinary Curriculum

At Widener, students can easily pursue their interests in African and African-American studies through a minor, while also majoring in another course of study, such as sociology, political science, or business. The flexibility of the curriculum allows students in most majors to minor in African and African-American studies and still graduate on time.

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Hands-on Experience

Students explore some of the most extensive African art collections in the country at art museums as part of a course on African art. In the African and African-American women course, students have the opportunity to interview African women about customs involving childbirth, child rearing, and gender conventions in their home cultures. Students have also helped excavate the 19th free black community of Timbuctoo, New Jersey, where they unearthed artifacts left behind by fugitive slaves and Civil War soldiers.

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Study Away Opportunities

Students have traveled to New Orleans to listen to jazz at Preservation Hall, learn to cook New Orleans style, visit the national voodoo museum, and work in the Lower Ninth Ward with Habitat for Humanity. Rum, Rasta, and Revolution, an anthropology course, takes students to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to explore the many “faces” of the Caribbean nation.

  • mamadou keita '13
  • sarah e. mcmanus '13
mamadou keita '13

Mamadou Keita


African and African-American studies gave me a greater understanding of history and today’s society. Even if you feel like you know all there is to know about the history, you will be surprised what else is out there.

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sarah e. mcmanus '13

Sarah E. McManus


Don't let anyone challenge your confidence in choosing anthropology, African and African-American studies, or social work. What matters most is choosing a field that you will be proud to be a part of and happy to work in. 

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Potential Careers

  • Media or public relations specialist
  • Politician
  • Foreign service specialist
  • Manager of corporate diversity programs
  • Teacher/professor
  • Community developer
  • Museum curator
  • News analyst
  • Historian

African and African-American studies also creates a great foundation for graduate study. Many people go on to study law, business, medicine, or social work.

Recent Placements

  • Agilent Technologies
  • AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Widener University, Center for Social Work Education graduate program