2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Africana Studies Department

Seth N. Asumah, chair
Moffett Center, Room 202
Fax: 607-753-5760

School of Arts and Sciences

Africana studies lecture

Faculty Associates

Anne Adams, Africana Studies; Seth N. Asumah, Political Science; Deyquan Bowens, Africana Studies; Jessica Carrick-Hagenbarth, Economics; Evan Faulkenbury, History; Richard Harris, Africana Studies; Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo, Geography; Nikolay Karkov, Philosophy; Kassim Kone, Sociology/Anthropology; Yomee Lee, Kinesiology; Edward Moore, Performing Arts; Avanti Mukherjee, Economics; Mechthild Nagel, Philosophy; Christopher Ortega, Communication and Media Studies; Susan Rayl, Kinesiology; Lewis Rosengarten, Educational Opportunity Program; Danica Savonick, English; Hasan Stephens, Africana Studies; Bekeh Ukelina, History; Paul van der Veur, Communication and Media 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 Africana Studies undergraduate major and minor are part of a discipline, which exposes and prepares students for critical thinking in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary modes relevant to professional careers in both private and public sectors. The Africana Studies intellectual tradition is rooted in history, Africana cosmology, epistemology, axiology, and vexing economic and socio-political questions and issues affecting the global Africana world today. These educational essentials in the discipline are addressed through curricular and co-curricular experiences.

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 and research
  • Fulbright and Carnegie Diaspora 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 — Gospel Choir
  • Research with faculty, conferences and publication
  • Study Abroad: University of Ghana - Legon, Ghana; United States International University, Kenya; Tubman University, Liberia

Career and Graduate School Potential

  • Business
  • Civil Rights Law
  • Community activism
  • Community development: international, state, loca
  • Education
  • Government service: international, national, state, local
  • Journalism and Media
  • Non-profit Work
  • Politics
  • Social and family services
  • Teaching


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


    MajorDual MajorMinor


      African American StudiesInterdisciplinary Studies