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


Kente Ceremony set for May 21

May 4, 2021
African tradition grows stronger for students of color.

Conference on Diversity set for April 17

April 2, 2021
Rachael Forester ’12, M ’14 delivers the keynote speech at the student-organized conference.

Health scholar to discuss COVID-19 in Africa

March 23, 2021
Professor Ben Wodi will give the annual Poskanzer lecture on April 6.

Men of Color Leadership Summit held

March 9, 2021
Cortland's Male Multicultural Initiative aims to improve the admission and retention of men of color.

Film documents African American mountaineers

March 9, 2021
The university’s Green-Flix series film “An American Ascent” screens March 15.


This department has not added any clubs or organizations. Please check back at a later time.