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Africana studies courses provide understanding and appreciation of the universal African diaspora today and historically from an Afrocentric world view. They also give students the opportunity to evaluate the influence of African culture on the entire human civilization.
204 Monroe Hall
Cheney, WA 99004
The primary mission of the Africana Education Program (AEP) is to:
- Provide instruction in Africana studies,
- Administer recruiting and retention services for students of African descent,
- Conduct and keep current on research on the African diaspora, and to
- Maintain relationships with a multitude of communities throughout the campus and the Cheney/Spokane area.
Recruitment and Admissions Services
AEP actively assists Eastern's admissions office in recruiting and admitting students to the university. Students who select Eastern are assisted at every stage of the admissions process, including application for financial aid. We also inform students about scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs.
Africana Speakers Bureau
The AEP staff speaks at several schools, colleges and businesses on topics involving African American and African history, culture and issues.
Advising Services for Students
In addition to the university's general services, AEP advising services provide academic personal and career advising. Our professionally trained advisors are sensitive to the concerns African American and African students may have about a predominantly white school.
AEP advisors aid students with course selections, steering them toward required courses for their degrees and planned professions. New incoming students are especially encouraged to contact an AEP counselor before registering for classes.
AEP awards a number of scholarships for Eastern's students. The awards are in addition to other universitywide scholarships.
What are the degree options?
AEP offers an Africana studies curriculum as part of Eastern's liberal arts program and cultural diversity requirements for a BA/BS degree. Africana studies courses provide understanding and appreciation of the universal African diaspora today and historically from an Afrocentric world view. They also give students the opportunity to evaluate the influence of African culture on the entire human civilization.
All Eastern students are encouraged to take Africana studies courses. Many courses are cross-listed with other departments such as history, English and art.
Africana Studies Minor
Students taking a minimum of 20 credit hours in Africana studies are qualified to declare a minor in Africana studies. We advise students to consult an AEP advisor or the director regarding their selection of courses for this minor.