Journal of African American Studies

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 279–289 | Cite as

The Future of Research Methods in Africana Studies Graduate Curriculum

  • Serie McdougalIIIEmail author


This study examines the state of research methods in Africana studies. In addition, the role that courses on research methods play in Africana Studies departments is also explored. Content analysis of departmental course offerings and descriptions reveal that half of graduate level degrees granting Africana Studies programs offer departmental courses on research methods. Moreover, the majority of the programs that offer courses on research methods focus primarily on qualitative methods of research. Correcting the quantitatively skewed content and general underrepresentation of research methods will help Africana Studies to produce more effective and well-prepared social engineers and scholar activists of the African experience.


Paradigm Methodology Afrocentricity Quantitative Qualitative 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.San Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA

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