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


Economics to be big March topic

March 6, 2020
Visiting speakers will delve into the money woes of ordinary and poor people. SCOTT FERGUSON TALK CANCELLED

Gospel Choir spring tour preview concert set for March 11

Febr. 25, 2020
The choir is preparing for their spring tour to Bridgetown, Barbados for Spring Break.

SUNY Cortland hosting Black liberation activists

Febr. 14, 2020
Members of the Black Panther Party will speak on their experiences on Feb. 17.

Panel to analyze issues faced by black athletes

Febr. 13, 2020
Kristine Newhall will lead a discussion regarding exploitation in sports. 

Register by March 1 to participate in Conference on Diversity

Febr. 11, 2020
Conference activities are free to SUNY Cortland students, faculty and staff who register by Sunday, March 1.


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