CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois university has decided to increase faculty numbers in their Africana Studies department, a move that officials say will help students prepare for cross-cultural society after graduation.
The Southern Illinoisan reports that Southern Illinois University officials plan to double the program’s core faculty members from three to six.
Chancellor Austin Lane says the viability of the program is as important now as it’s ever been. Before 2010, Africana Studies was only offered as a minor. There were plans to return the program to its minor-only status, but that didn’t happen.