UAlbany's Africana Studies Program
Ranked in Top 10 in the Nation
James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980
(July 22, 2003) -- The master's degree program in Africana
Studies at the University at Albany has been recognized as
one of the top 10 in the nation by Black Issues in Higher
Education magazine. The "Special Report on the Top 100
Degree Producers 2003," which ranked graduate programs,
can be found in the magazine's current issue.
UAlbany's program tied for eighth in the
nation, with New York University. The magazine commended the
program for department leadership and diversity of students.
Other schools in the top 10 included Cornell University, University
of Massachusetts at Amherst, Ohio State, Yale, UCLA, as well
as Pennsylvania's Temple and LaSalle Universities.
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
Black Issues in Higher
Education is the nation's only news magazine dedicated exclusively
to minority issues in higher education. Published bi-weekly,
Black Issues carries in-depth and up-to-date coverage of the
diverse education community, including African Americans,
Native Americans, Asian Americans and Hispanic Americans,
as well as Americans with disabilities and women.