2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Africana Studies Multidisciplinary Department

Old Main, Room 208-B
(607) 753-2064
E-mail: asumahs@cortland.edu



Arts and Sciences

Faculty Associates

Seth N. Asumah (Chair); William Buxton, Literacy; Adrian Hull, Political Science; Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo, Geography; Michelle Kelly, Foundations and Social Advocacy; Samuel Kelley, Communication Studies; Kassim Kone, Sociology/Anthropology; Yomee Lee, Kinesiology; Matthew Lessig, English; Edward Moore, Performing Arts; Mechtild Nagel, Philosophy; Emmanuel Nelson, English; Susan Rayl, Kinesiology; Rachel Reinhard, History; Keith Smith, Educational Opportunity Program (EOP); Paul van der Veur, Comunication Studies

Programs Offered

Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Adolescence Education: Social Studies and African American Studies (7-12)

Majors Offered

African American Studies with a concentration in African and African American History
African American Studies with a concentration in African American Sociological, Political, and Community Development
Adolescence Education: Social Studies and African American Studies (7-12)

Minors Offered

African American Studies


The African American Studies Program is the oldest of the ethnic studies programs at SUNY Cortland, dating back to 1975 when it was founded as the Department of Black Studies.

Students who major in African American studies may choose a concentration in African and African American history or in African American sociological, political, and community development. Thirty-six hours are required for the major. Students may also minor in African American studies, an 18-hour program. Majors may combine courses in African American Studies with a professional sequence to qualify for initial certification as social studies teachers for grades 7-12.

Special Features

  • Faculty who have won distinguished awards in teaching
  • Fulbright awardees
  • Nationally and internationally recognized faculty
  • Credit-bearing internships
  • Adolescence education — social studies and African American studies career in high school teaching
  • Scholarship support in African American Chorale
  • Research with faculty, conferences and publication

Career Potential

  • Government service: national, state, local
  • Journalism
  • Social and family services
  • Politics
  • Teaching
  • Business
  • Community activism


  1. Degree Requirements listed in the General Education section here apply to all of the majors offered by this department.
  2. Liberal Arts Requirements: 90 credit hours.


I. Major

III. Dual Major

IV. Minor