Africana Studies Department

Africana studies is an interdisciplinary field that examines people and cultures of African origin and explores their movement throughout the world. At SUNY Cortland, you’ll gain in-depth understanding of Africa and the African Diaspora and insight into contemporary global issues facing Africana people.

Independent research with a faculty mentor is a central part of your academic experience. You will have opportunities to present your research at national conferences or to co-author a scholarly paper with your professor. You also can gain first-hand knowledge of Africa through study abroad programs in Ghana and Kenya.

Africana studies opens up a wide range of career and graduate school options — in business, government, media, teaching, social services, the nonprofit sector and many other fields.

Mission and Vision Statement


33rd African American Gospel Music Festival Set for Nov. 4

Three guest choirs will join the SUNY Cortland choir beginning at 4 p.m.

Conference on Diversity Set for April 14

Cortland students who register by April 6 attend the conference for free.

Van Buskirk Chronicles Black Patriots’ Struggle

A SUNY Cortland professor's book illuminates black roles in the American Revolution.

Spring 2018 ‘Incllusion’ Series Continues

Anthropologist Megan Springate shares under-told women’s stories March 6.

Guitarist Pamela Means to Perform Feb. 27

The bi-racial, feminist “indie” folk artist from Boston will perform and give a workshop.


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