2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Sep 29, 2023  
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Africana Studies Department

Seth N. Asumah, chair
Old Main, Room 207
Fax: 607-753-5760

School of Arts and Sciences

Africana studies lecture

Faculty Associates

Anne Adams, Africana Studies; Seth N. Asumah, Political Science; Deyquan Bowers, Africana Studies; Evan Faulkenbury, History; Richard Harris, Africana Studies; Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo, Geography; Samuel Kelley, Communication Studies; Kassim Kone, Sociology/Anthropology; Yomee Lee, Kinesiology; Edward Moore, Performing Arts; Mechthild Nagel, Philosophy; Emmanuel Nelson, English; Susan Rayl, Kinesiology; Lewis Rosengarten, Educational Opportunity Program; Hasan Stephens, Africana Studies; Paul van der Veur, Communication Studies

Degrees and Minors

Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies with a concentration in African and African American History
Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies with a concentration in African American Sociological, Political, and Community Development
Bachelor of Arts in Adolescence Education: Social Studies and African American Studies (7-12)
Minor in 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
  • 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.


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