May 23, 2024  
2021-2022 Scripps Catalog 

Africana Studies

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Professor Derik Smith (CM), department chair

Professors Harris (PZ), Roberts (SC), Shelton (CM), Walker (SC)

Associate Professors Aitel (CM), Bonaparte (PZ), Finely, (PO), Hurley (PO), Mayes (PO), Smith (CM), *Tyson (SC)

Assistant Professors Bartholomew (SC), Blassingame (SC), Kizer (PZ), Lagji (PZ),*Mubirumusoke (CM), Ratteray (PO), Soliman (SC), Traoré (PO)

Academic Coordinator, Linda DeChaine

*on sabbatical/leave Fall 2021

The Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies (IDAS)

The mission of the Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies (IDAS) is to examine, through various academic disciplines, the experiences of people of African heritage worldwide. The Africana Studies curriculum helps to unify an important area of intellectual investigation and enhances appreciation of particular disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences. The department is committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship and is a vital information resource for students and researchers. Moreover, its faculty endeavors to create an intellectual climate which fosters cross-cultural dialogue.

For more information, please visit or call 909-607-3070

The Office of Black Student Affairs (OBSA)

The Office of Black Student Affairs invests in the success of students of African descent by providing a range of cultural, academic, social and community engagement opportunities. Our services include identity-based workshops, a first year peer mentoring program, an annual conference, heritage month programming, Black Graduation, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration, an arts and activism series, professional and career workshops, and various collaborative partnerships with 7C colleges, departments and organizations. We work to empower students through four ACCESS areas: Advocacy, Collaboration and Community, Education, and Student Success. Advocacy: Leading the charge for the inclusion of students of African descent across the seven colleges through advising and empowering students to advocate for themselves on campus and in classrooms. Collaboration and Community: Partnering to provide a range of social, cultural, academic and arts engagement programming to ensure students have opportunities to connect with each other, community members and alumni.  Education: Facilitating educational opportunities for students of African descent surrounding their intersecting identities, current events and burgeoning research as well as educating campus communities about ways to support and include students of African descent.  Student Success: Creating leadership, mentorship, learning and career development opportunities on behalf of students of African descent in order to positively impact persistence and retention. OBSA is located at 139 E. 7th Street and can be reached at 909.607.3669 or for more information, visit

Students majoring in Africana Studies must complete at least 11 courses plus a senior thesis. While six of these courses are expected to be at the upper-division level, credit will be given where appropriate to courses numbered lower than 100. Some flexibility is allowed in the selection and distribution of courses; however, Introduction to Africana Studies and the senior thesis are required of all majors.


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