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


Exonerated Central Park 5 member to speak at SUNY Cortland

Yusef Salaam, one of the Central Park 5, served nearly seven years for a crime he did not commit.

34th African American Gospel Music Festival set for Nov. 3

Four guests will join the SUNY Cortland Gospel Choir in Corey Union Function Room.

Students, faculty offered free global news briefings

Students can receive free daily news briefings on important international events.

Ficarra Wins International Study Abroad Award

Julie Ficarra was honored by NAFSA: Association of International Educators in May.

Speaker Embraces His Own Individuality

A Jew of color growing up in the projects? Arel Moodie changed his life.


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