UAlbany’s Africana Studies
Program Ranked Third in the Nation
(August 24, 2004)
By Lisa James Goldsberry
The master’s degree program in Africana Studies at
the University at Albany has been recognized as one
of the top five in the nation by Black
Issues in Higher Education magazine.
UAlbany’s program is ranked third in the nation, up
from eighth last year. Other schools in the top 10 included
Columbia University, Cornell, Indiana University, Ohio
State, Yale, and UCLA. The undergraduate Africana Studies
program was ranked number six in the nation.
“I am elated over this good news for the University,”
said Leonard A. Slade, Jr., professor and chair of Africana
Studies. “Departmental faculty and students deserve
the credit for this accolade.”
UAlbany is the only school in the SUNY system that
offers a master’s degree in Africana Studies. The department
was created in the 1970s as a result of the civil rights
movement, and the master’s degree program, which has
approximately 25 students, has attracted a growing number
of international students. Graduates of the program
can be found working as lawyers, government officials,
and foreign service employees.
The top-10 ranking is based on an analysis of U.S.
Department of Education data and an on-site evaluation
by outside professors. The magazine also looked at the
number of graduating students, diversity of the program
and quality of faculty.
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