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Dual Major in Adolescence Education: Social Studies and African American Studies (7-12) Major

Perhaps you’d like to be a social studies teacher, but you’re also interested in African American studies. This major lets you combine your passion for learning about Africa and the African Diaspora — U.S., the Caribbean and Latin America — as you study to teach in grades 7-12.

Career Potential

  • Teaching adolescence social studies
  • Professional schools such as law or social work
  • Business
  • Government and non-profit agencies and organizations

What Will I Learn?

  • Historical and cultural training that emphasizes critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills to effectively serve the Africana world in particular and humanity in general
  • Multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary courses that expose you to a wide array of contrasting thought
  • To debate important contrasting controversies in the discipline
  • Teacher preparation to effectively manage grades 7-12 classrooms

Special Features

  • Distinguished and award-winning faculty
  • Credit-bearing internships
  • Kente Cloth Ceremony at graduation
  • Fulbright awardees
  • Scholarship support in African American Chorale

Get Involved

College is more than a classroom. Enhance your experience with extracurricular opportunities. 

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.

Student Clubs

Next Steps

Contact Us

Chair: Seth N. Asumah
Office: Old Main, Room 208-B
Phone: 607-753-4105
Fax: 607-753-5760

Fast Facts

This is the oldest of the College’s ethnic studies programs, dating back to 1975 when it was founded as the Department of Black Studies.

Type of Degree

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Credit Hours: 124


We recognize excellence in our students with awards and scholarships.

  • James McKee Memorial Award for the highest grade point average in the major
  • Seth N. Asumah "Uhuru" Award: For Outstanding Achievement in Africana Studies "The African Continent"
  • Seth N. Asumah "Uhuru" Award: For Outstanding Achievement in Africana Studies "The African Diaspora"

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