Africana Studies Courses

Africana Studies courses include the Sociology of Black Music in American Culture; the Theology of American Popular Music; Black Biographies: Music, Lives, and Meaning; 12 Windows of American Music Culture; and In the Mix: Contemporary Composition Approaches in Discussion on Form, Aesthetics, and Style.

These five classes are offered as core courses of the Africana Studies/Music and Society program. They may be coupled with elective courses offered throughout the Berklee curriculum.

In addition, the music and society minor offers an Africana Studies track for students to explore the disciplines of Africana studies, black music studies, cultural studies, and ethnomusicology.

The Africana Studies Center

Africana Studies is based out of 7 Haviland Street in the Professional Education Division building. The Africana Studies Center, the control center for the program, holds the Africana Studies archives, serves as a meeting and lecture room for visiting scholars, and functions as the home base for the program’s work-study students, who maintain the room and assist with the Africana Studies concert series.

"I took Sociology of Black Music in American Culture, and found it to be an eye-opening experience. It was incredible to be able to track the evolution of black music from America’s early years to the present. Observing how and why black music acted as a tool to help shape the social mindset around slavery, war, and politics was extremely inspiring. It is easier for me to be hopeful about the state of our world now and the uncertainty of my generation’s future after attending a class like that."

–Rhundalari Barnes, ’07