Spring 2021 Guide and COVID-19 information

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


Diversity posters come to campus

Oct. 27, 2020
New artwork lets 25 campus community members tell their stories.

Blackout March for Justice to be held virtually

Oct. 22, 2020
Webex event unites students, faculty, and community members against racial injustice.

Senior is Cortland’s 14th national Gilman scholar

July 21, 2020
Shaneya Simmelkjaer will study in Ghana during summer 2021

President Bitterbaum condemns racism after George Floyd death

June 1, 2020
President Erik J. Bitterbaum released a statement condemning systemic racism and pledging SUNY Cortland's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Equity in online teaching resources offered

May 19, 2020
Faculty can learn more about inclusively teaching a diverse student body.


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