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Department of African and African-American Studies at Lehman College


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The Department of Africana Studies will be conducting advising via Navigate. For student advisement on Africana courses, Africana Studies Major and Minor requirements, graduate programs, and any other Africana-related academic matter, please visit Navigate to book an appointment with Professor Banoum or Chanta Palmer.

Find below the dates for Student Advisement:

Day Time
June 27 Tuesday • CDAD Advising 10:00AM – 4:00PM
July 18 Tuesday • CDAD Advising 12:00PM – 6:30PM
July 25 Tuesday • CDAD Advising 12:00PM – 6:30PM
July 26 Wednesday • CDAD Advising 10:00AM – 4:00PM
August 1 Tuesday • CDAD Advising 12:00PM – 6:30PM
August 2 Wednesday • CDAD Advising 10:00AM – 4:00PM
August 8 Tuesday • CDAD Advising 12:00PM – 6:30PM
August 9 Wednesday • CDAD Advising 10:00AM – 4:00PM
August 15 Tuesday • CDAD Advising 12:00PM – 6:30PM
August 16 Wednesday • CDAD Advising 10:00AM – 4:00PM
August 22 Tuesday • CDAD Advising 12:00PM – 6:30PM
August 23 Wednesday • CDAD Advising 10:00AM – 4:00PM
August 24 Thursday • CDAD Advising 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Department of Africana Studies

Looking for a Major at Lehman College?

Make Africana Studies your choice!

What is Africana Studies?

Africana Studies is an interdisciplinary body of knowledge that records, describes, and analyzes the experience of people of African descent in all parts of the world, but especially in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas. In Sankofa spirit, Africana Studies appraises the past, examines the present, and seeks to shape the future in our globalized world.

What can you do with an Africana Studies Degree?

Anything. Click here to learn about notable people from a range of fields and industries with a degree in Africana Studies. 

A Major in Africana Studies prepares students for graduate studies leading to M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and careers in education, business, law & criminal justice, medicine & health, community development agencies, federal, state, and city civil service, diplomatic service, non-governmental organizations, research, and teaching on various levels. The broad-based interdisciplinary and intersectional grounding of an Africana Major and the flexibility in critical thinking allow for greater opportunity in adapting to various professional opportunities.

Many students choose to take a double Major in Africana Studies and in another discipline. They opt for a second Major to enhance their career and professional goals. Students also take Africana Studies courses to increase their awareness and understanding of the history and cultures of peoples of African descent. In situations involving intensive contact with persons of African descent, such as in the fields of education, health, psychology, social work, diplomacy, and the criminal justice system, an Africana Studies Major, Minor, or courses in Africana Studies, will offer a comparative advantage on the job market.

The Minor in Africana Studies gives students a comprehensive academic understanding of the field's major processes and themes. The program enhances a wide range of Majors, notably for students who interested in Anthropology, Art, Business, Education, English, History, Journalism, Languages and Literatures, Law, Nursing, Philosophy, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology, and beyond. A Minor in Africana Studies will enhance the attractiveness of a candidate to prospective employers.

Please click the links below to see the courses required for the Africana Major and Minor respectively:

You may file officially a Major or Minor declaration which will then be signed by the Africana Department Chair. Please click the link below to complete the Registrar's office iDelare form:

To better understand who we are, visit our website! To learn more about our courses, our expert faculty members, and their specializations, please click here.

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