The Dept of Africana Studies is an interdisciplinary department that provides students with a thorough background in the historical, political, social, and economic conditions of people of African descent. The major and minor in Africana Studies are designed to explore African civilizations and their influences on other parts of the Black Diaspora. In addition to undergraduate studies, the department offers a Master’s Program, a Graduate Certificate program, and a BA/MAT (in collaboration with the School of Professional Development). In addition to these programs, the department offers a winter Study Abroad course in Ghana, West Africa.
Due to the fact that all of our core faculty members are affiliated with traditional departments such as History, English, Comparative Literature, European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and Women’s Studies, we are able to offer a range of cross-listed courses, including those offered by our affiliate faculty in the departments of Art and Philosophy. The department has a connection with numerous other departments and programs across the campus, such as LACS, The Humanities Institute, The Honor’s College, and Global Studies. Each year the AFS department serves as joint coordinator of the Black History Month Planning Committee. Our faculty has published extensively in the areas of African History, African American Political History, Caribbean Literature and Culture, and African American Women’s Literature and History.
Our faculty members serve as advisors for the Black World Student Newspaper, Unity Cultural Community Service, Gospel Choir, Protestant Ministries, AFS Library Community Service, numerous Sororities and Fraternities, and the Black Student Alliance. Each year the department awards our majors and minors two named scholarships: The Bliss Verdon Scholarship and the Richard B. Moore Scholarship, each worth $1,000.
Africana Studies majors and minors go on to graduate study or find employment in such fields as sociology, education, politics, law, anthropology, paralegal, journalism, counseling, social working, human resource specialists, law enforcement, public administration, and business administration.
E. Anthony Hurley,
Ward Melville Social & Behavioral Sciences Bldg,
Undergraduate Program Director:
Dr. Tracey Walters,
Melville Social & Behavioral Sciences Bldg.,
Assistant-to-the-Chair & Graduate Coordinator:
Ward Melville Social & Behavioral Sciences Bldg.,
B.A. in Africana Studies
Scholarship Awards; Bliss Verdon and Richard B. Moore May 25, 2011, SBS S-244
Commencement and Convocation; May 25, 2011, SBS S-244
Congratulations to the first graduates for the Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies
Congratulations to Dr. Dawn P. Harris on her Appointment to full time faculty
Congratulations to Dr. Dawn Harris on the award for a Presidential Mini Grant
We welcome a new Visiting Assistant Professor for Fall 2011 Dr. Zebulon Miletsky
Undergraduate Office: 631.632.7470 • Graduate Office: 631.632.7470 • Fax: 631.632.5703