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


Gospel Choir Multicultural Celebration Set for Feb. 16

Musical and dance performances by members of the SUNY Cortland community will highlight the event.

Black History Month Events Planned

February looks at Africa's intellectual and cultural contributions in America.

Fire Mic Festival Prepares to Ignite

New event will feature Brooklyn rapper CJ Fly and campus performers

Nazu African Dance Company to Perform

The event on Feb. 23 will showcase West African dance and drumming.

“Black Panther” Costume Designer to Speak at SUNY Cortland

Ruth E. Carter earned her third Academy Award nomination for her work on the film.


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