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


Van Buskirk Chronicles Black Patriots’ Struggle

A SUNY Cortland professor's book illuminates black roles in the American Revolution.

Spring 2018 ‘Incllusion’ Series Continues

Anthropologist Megan Springate shares under-told women’s stories March 6.

Guitarist Pamela Means to Perform Feb. 27

The bi-racial, feminist “indie” folk artist from Boston will perform and give a workshop.

Educator Who Merged Health With Haircuts to Speak at SUNY Cortland

Nationally respected health educator Stephen Thomas will discuss innovative strategies for reaching disadvantaged populations

32nd African American Gospel Music Festival Set for Nov. 5

Four guest choirs will perform at the 32nd African American Gospel Music Festival.


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