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College of Arts and Sciences, Liberal Arts at Cornell University


Africana Studies

The Africana Studies undergraduate program takes an interdisciplinary approach through the focal areas of history, literature, social sciences and African languages such as Swahili, Yoruba or Zulu. Students will explore the global migrations throughout the Americas, Africa and the African Caribbean, and reconstruction of the African peoples and diasporas, as well as patterns of linkages to the African continent. The major prepares students for a broad range of academic and professional careers relevant to both the public and private sectors, shaping students' intellectual discipline, critical thinking, research and writing skills, creativity and social and political awareness for employment in such areas as teaching and research, law, medicine, public policy analysis and administration, social work, community development and international affairs and development. Africana Studies has a rich and unique intellectual legacy that continues to develop in new directions. Its lectures, colloquia, conferences, field trips, and study abroad opportunities are just a few of the features that build upon and extend its quality instruction beyond the classroom.

Interesting Classes

  • Afrocentricity: Paradigm and Critical Readings
  • Public Policy and the African-American Urban Community
  • African Aesthetics
  • Panafricanism and Feminism
  • Islam in Africa and Its Diaspora


Students went on to...

  • Study law at the University of Georgia
  • Study public administration at the University of Delaware
  • Attend the Union Theology Seminary

More Information

More information for the Africana Studies major, Africana Studies minor, Africana Studies graduate program is available in the Cornell University Course Catalog.

Visit the the department/program website for faculty and research information.