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.
If you are thinking about a Africana Studies major at Cortland, this page will provide you with preliminary information. We believe that the best way to learn about our program is to meet our majors and learn from them about the variety of activities and opportunities open to you in Africana Studies.
Along the way you will learn more about our students, our faculty, and how our program offers a truly unique blend of internships, study abroad possibilities and great classroom experiences.
• Government Service
• Political Engagement at the National, State and Local levels
• Social and Family Services
• Community Activism
Noelle Chaddock Paley
In addition to her work promoting multicultural life and diversity, Professor Paley teaches a course on hip-hop culture that compares the ideas of artists like Eminem or the Black Eyed Peas to those of bell hooks and W.E.B. Dubois.Read More About Noelle Chaddock Paley
- Open House to Showcase Campus Oct. 13 September 30, 2014
- Midterm Elections Are Roundtable Topic Oct. 16 September 29, 2014
- Post WW II Film Series ‘Rubble’ Continues September 25, 2014
- Panel Explores Miscommunication across Cultures September 25, 2014
- Life-Saving Wins Pile Up for Football Team September 25, 2014
- Hawaiian Birds Are Lecture Topic Sept. 30 September 23, 2014
- ‘Brigadoon’ Returns to Dowd Center Oct. 24 September 23, 2014
- Professor Invited to White House Summit September 23, 2014
- Parks Alumni House Celebrates First Decade September 23, 2014
- Kelly Lickert-Orr Named Women's Lacrosse Head Coach September 23, 2014
- Mosaic Dance Theater Company to Perform Sept. 29 September 23, 2014
- Robert C. Howe Honored for Community Service September 19, 2014
- SUNY Cortland Wins Energy Innovation Awards September 19, 2014
- College to Recognize Constitution Day September 15, 2014
- Dowd Reopening Celebrated with Toy Piano Performance September 10, 2014
- African American Studies Minor [AAS]
- African American Studies: Concentration in African American Sociological, Political, and Community Development [AAS/AASC]
- African American Studies: Concentration in African and African American History [AAS/AASH]
- Dual Major in Adolescence Education: Social Studies and African American Studies (7-12) [SST and AAS]