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


SUNY Cortland hosting Black liberation activists

Members of the Black Panther Party will speak on their experiences on Feb. 17.

Panel to analyze issues faced by black athletes

Kristine Newhall will lead a discussion regarding exploitation in sports. 

11th Conference on Diversity planned

An alumna who fostered diversity at SUNY Cortland will speak April 18.

Gospel Choir Multicultural Celebration Set for Feb. 12

Event will include musical and dance performances by members of the SUNY Cortland community.

Panel to discuss ‘Black Lives Matter at School’

The Feb. 4 talk opens Black History Month at SUNY Cortland.


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