Department of Africana Studies

A famous poet once said, “Knowledge is power.” The Department of Africana Studies at the University at Albany motivates students (majors, minors, and all who love knowledge) to learn and to enter the real world to serve. Our Department enrolls students from all over the world who drink deep from our course offerings. In our nationally-ranked Department, students learn about Africa’s ways of life, about African Americans' ways of life, about African languages, about black religion, about black arts, literature, psychology, black history, the law and the black community, public speaking, critical thinking, expository writing, race theory and social thought, geography of Africa, black popular culture, statistics, among many other areas concerning Africa and black America. 

An excerpt from The Power and Beauty of an Africana Studies Degree by Dr. Leonard A. Slade, Jr.

Department Open House

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Building 25, room 110
Individuals interested in learning about the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in Africana Studies are encouraged to attend. See Full Flier

Department of Africana Studies Tenth Annual Research Symposium

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Campus Center 375
See Full Symposium Program


The Department of Africana Studies at the University at Albany promotes excellence in teaching, research, and service. The Department is concerned with the study of the experiences of the people of Africa and the African diaspora. Through the study of such disciplines as history, politics, economics, culture, literature, sociology, and psychology, the Department aims to engender an appreciation of diversity and emphasize the ways in which Africans and people of African descent in the Americas have constructed and interpreted their own lives and cultures.