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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


Ceremony raised awareness about transgender violence

Nov. 23, 2021
The campus community held a Nov. 18 vigil outside Corey Union to mark 45 deaths nationwide.

Student artists sought for Black Lives Matter mural

Oct. 26, 2021
The racial-justice-inspired artwork will will be displayed in the lobby of Moffett Center.

Cyrenius Nelson ’19 to fill new diversity role

Oct. 12, 2021
Nelson will work to advance university-wide equity and inclusion.

Sophia’s Garden makes philosophers of children

June 29, 2021
Toddlers to teens cultivate ideas they need to understand their world.

Diversity initiative honored by SUNY

June 24, 2021
The Beloved Community Narratives Project wins an award as it expands in Moffett Center.


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