2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Africana Studies Department

Seth Asumah, chair
Old Main, Room 207
(607) 753-4105
Fax: (607) 753-5760


Arts and Sciences

Faculty Associates

Seth N. Asumah, Political Science; Robert Brown, Africana Studies; Richard Harris, Africana Studies; Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo, Geography; Samuel Kelley, Communication Studies; Kassim Kone, Sociology/Anthropology; Christopher Latimer, Political Science; Yomee Lee, Kinesiology; Matthew Lessig, English; Edward Moore, Performing Arts; Peggy Murphy, Political Science; Mechthild Nagel, Philosophy; Emmanuel Nelson, English; Noelle Paley, Multicultural Life and Diversity; Susan Rayl, Kinesiology; Paul van der Veur, Communication 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
  • Faculty who have won Chancellors awards in service
  • Fulbright awardees
  • Nationally and internationally recognized faculty
  • Credit-bearing internships
  • Study abroad experiences at the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana and the United States International University, Kenya.
  • 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
  • Study Abroad: University of Ghana - Legon, Ghana; United States International University, Kenya; Tubman University, Liberia

Career Potential

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


  1. Degree requirements listed in this catalog apply to all of the majors offered by this department.
  2. Liberal Arts Requirements: 90 credit hours.