Africana Studies at Appalachian State University challenges students to think critically and in a multidisciplinary way about issues of race, diversity, difference, culture, and identity.

In the Department of Cultural, Gender, and Global Studies, students can design their own Africana Studies program of study through the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies.

In the Department of History, students seeking the BS Degree in History (non-teaching) can choose a Concentration that is focused on Africana Studies

A Minor in Africana Studies consists of 18 semester hours, 12 of which are prescribed and 6 hours of electives. The Minor integrates academic disciplines and includes a variety of course offerings.

Students who have completed 12 semester hours of approved courses can earn a certificate that recognizes their interest in Africana Studies.

Several courses in Gen Ed can count in Africana Studies. Students should schedule a consultation with the Program Director.


Learn more about about the students, alumni and faculty & staff of Africana Studies.


Desiree Baker

Deziree Baker is a senior at Appalachian State University. Her Major is History, Social Studies Education; her Minor,  Africana Studies. She was born on the Island of St. Lucia, and moved with her parents to the United States in 2005. After graduating high school, she attended Johnston Community College and obtained her Associates Degree in Art. During her last year at JCC, she began searching for a 4 year institution, and eventually chose Appalachian State because of its strong education program, as well as its location in the mountains of Boone, North Carolina.

Ms. Baker will be graduating this December. Her plan is to teach for a few years and later to pursue Graduate Studies in African American History. Among her accomplishments: the completion of the 18 semester hour Minor in Africana Studies, membership in Phi Alpha Theta, the Honor Society for Undergraduate and Graduate Students and Professors of History, and a paper presentation at the Phi Alpha Theta 2018 Carolinas Regional History Conference at Queens University on April 14, 2018.


Korick Sisomphone

Korick Sisomphone graduated from Appalachian State University in 2012. He earned a BS in the Department of History, with a Concentration in Rhetoric and Communication and a Minor in Philosophy. He is currently pursuing a MA in Rhetoric and Composition.

Starting this Fall, Mr. Sisomphone is teaching AS 3000 Diversity in Appalachia. Diversity in Appalachia considers gender and/or ethnic diversity in the Appalachian region from interdisciplinary perspectives. The class generally emphasizes gender, ethnic diversity, or one or more ethnic communities. Mr. Sisomphone's section of A S 3000 challenges the view of the Appalachia region as a monolith: white, rural, and impoverished. He will also teach A S 3000 next semester. Because of its focus, Mr. Sisomphone's section of A S 3000 can count toward Africana Studies.

After finishing his MA, Mr. Sisophone intends to pursue a PhD. in Communication Studies.

Faculty & Staff

Antonio Bly

Antonio T. Bly is an Associate Professor of History at Appalachian State University. He is also the Director of Africana Studies at ASU. In addition to teaching early American History and US History and Popular History and Theory, Dr. Bly teaches HIS 3330, an Introduction to Africana Studies, and HIS 3340, Afro-Atlantic Material Culture. Both classes are cross-listed with the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. He also teaches HIS 3350, African American History, and HIS 3549, a special topics course that explores race and religions in the Atlantic world. That course is cross listed with the Departments of Interdisciplinary Studies and Religion.

Next Spring, he is teaching a study abroad course about Santería. Dr. Bly current research examines eighteenth-century runaway advertisements as types of slave narratives.