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


Campus plans Women’s History Month series

March 5, 2024
SUNY Cortland will celebrate Women’s History Month with several events during March.

Black History Month events continue

Feb. 20, 2024
The 2024 series of historical and cultural events runs through the end of February.  

SUNY Cortland prof joins Ivory Tower

Nov. 8, 2022
Michael Tillotson’s ideas on Africana studies have gained national academia’s attention.

Newest dining location earns national honor

May 17, 2022
Sawubona, located in the Moffett Center Forum, stands out for its use of premium African coffee beans roasted by Coffee Mania.

Black Lives Matter mural unveiled

May 6, 2022
May 5 event celebrated SUNY Cortland students’ creative and inclusive graphic designs.


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