Study Abroad


SUMMER 2014!



Join the Africana Studies Department and earn six credits during the summer in Ghana, West Africa. Students will experience and examine first hand the culture, history, food, and society of the "Black Star Nation," Ghana. As a crucial site in the history of the African diaspora, students will explore the significance of Ghana within the West African region, within the continent of Africa, and for African-descended persons throughout the world. Structured in partnership with the University of Ghana at Legon, the department's study abroad program in Ghana offers students an intimate look at life in one of Africa's most exciting and rapidly-growing hubs. 




Students are based in Accra, Ghana’s capital and largest city. The course will also include a number of excursions throughout the course. Students will travel to Cape Coast, a city in the Central Region and the site of the Cape Coast and Elmina Castles, key sites within the history of the transatlantic slave trade. We will also travel to Kumasi, home of the Asante Palace and the seat of the Asante Kingdom, as well as to Kokrobite, Aburi, Akosombo, and other sites. 



All students in good academic standing may apply. Language Proficiency is not required.

For more information and an application, contact Program Director: Abena Asare, 

Study Abroad Program/Ghana 
Office of International Academic Programs
Stony Brook University
E 5340 Melville Library 
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3397
(631) 632-7030 



Earn six credits during the summer on the island of Barbados, experiencing and examining at first hand fascinating aspects of the society and culture of this independent Caribbean nation, small in size, and great in history, in social and economic development, as well as in natural beauty. The program will be directed by Dr. E. Anthony Hurley, a native Barbadian and a professor in the Department of Africana Studies.


Program participants will receive six upper-division credits for the following courses: AFH 390 G /AFS 421– Topics in Africana Studies: Inside the Caribbean – The Barbados Experience, and AFS 487 – Research in Africana Studies.


The program will begin in July with pre-departure orientation and instructional sessions at Stony Brook during the first week and debriefing and post-return sessions in August. Students will spend three weeks in Barbados (July 18 – August 8) where formal classroom instruction will be integrated with structured and unstructured field work. The program will be held during the Crop-Over festival (Barbados’s annual carnival), which features a variety of new musical performances, a parade of costume bands, and street dancing. Other activities will include narrated tours to historical and cultural sites such as: Barbados Museum, Sugar factory, Slave houses, Plantation Museum, Houses of Parliament, Marine Museum (Belairs), Pelican Village, Barbados Gallery of Art, and Harrison’s Cave, as well as a Historical Tour of Bridgetown. Local experts will provide narration and instruction for these activities.


Students will be lodged in halls of residence at the University of the West Indies – Cave Hill.

 COST: Program Fee (includes lodging, field trips, etc.): $3,000. 
Air-fare, tuition not included                                                         

All students in good academic standing may apply. Language Proficiency is not required
For more info, contact Program Director: E. Anthony Hurley, Ph.D 632-7470
Or Study Abroad Advisor: 632-7030

Study Abroad Program/Barbados
Office of International Academic Programs
Stony Brook University
E 5340 Melville Library
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3397
(631) 632-7030 


Welcome to the Spring 2015 Semester!

 For the most up-to-date information, pictures and relevant discussions, visit the new Stony Brook University Africana Studies Department Facebook page!



Congratulations to M.A. Candidate in Africana Studies Shevonne Cleveland who will be presenting a paper at the 2014 Oxford University Women's Leadership Symposium!

The AFS Open House will be on March 4, 2015 from 12:30pm - 2:20pm. All are invited!






Elizabeth Nunez to speak at the Humanities Institute on Tuesday, April 7th 4PM HUM 1008



Department of Africana Studies • Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4340
Undergraduate Office: 631.632.7470 • Graduate Office: 631.632.7470 • Fax: 631.632.5703