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Africana Studies

Contact Person:
Alan Hersker, Interim Assistant Provost
712 Raymond Hall, (315) 267-2138,

Africana Studies is an academic program that focuses on the political, economic, cultural, and social experiences of African peoples in an attempt to illuminate the connectedness of the human experience. Structured from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective, the minor in Africana Studies is designed to provide knowledge and skills needed to understand the socio-economic, political, and psychological consequences of historical, institutional arrangements, and cultural constructions as they affect the contemporary experience of race and ethnicity in America and elsewhere. A focus on the life experiences of blacks (i.e., the peoples of Africa and those peoples of the Americas who are descendants of Africans) in the minor will help to deepen students' understanding of America itself.

With its courses, research, and experiential learning components, the Africana Studies minor at SUNY Potsdam will equip students with the skills to construct arguments, distinguish opinions from evidence, and make judgements based on wisdom and knowledge rather than on prejudice and parochialism.