Department of Africana Studies College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Department of Africana Studies College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Stony Brook, NY
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1 Degree Offered
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African Studies at a Top-ranked University

The Department of Africana Studies at Stony Brook University -- a division of the College of Arts and Sciences -- was created in 1968, at the height of the civil rights movement. Since then, the department has dedicated itself to offering a comprehensive education in the social, historical, cultural, political, and economic conditions of people of African descent. In addition to the undergraduate degree programs, the Department of Africana Studies offers a graduate certificate program aimed at professionals who wish to enhance their career opportunities.

Stony Brook University is a part of the State University of New York (SUNY) network. The university is best known for its dedication to undergraduate and graduate student research: "U.S. News and World Report" ranks Stony Brook in the top 100 best national universities and top 50 public national universities. Stony Brook is also ranked in the top 1 percent of all universities in the world by the London Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies Examines Historical Connections to Contemporary Issues

The graduate certificate program in Africana studies examines historical connections to contemporary issues. Coursework stresses the significance of the African Diaspora and its impact on the modern societies of Africa, the Caribbean, the United States, and Latin America.

The graduate certificate program requires a total of 15 graduate course credits in both core curriculum and elective courses in the areas of African literature, history, culture, religion, slavery, and the civil rights movement. Upon completion of the program, graduates have a specialized background in people and communities of African descent that can be applied to understanding modern challenges in the fields of public service, public health, the arts, education, law, medicine, and the media.

World Class Africana Scholars

Students in the Department of Africana Studies have the opportunity to work closely with internationally-renowned faculty known for their contributions in civil rights, African American women's history, and British and Caribbean literature scholarship.

E. Anthony Hurley, Ph.D., who specializes in Francophone literature of the Caribbean and Africa, as well as Caribbean American literature, chairs the department. Other faculty members include associate professors Leslie H. Owens, an expert in African-American social history, and Barbara E. Frank, an African art historian who specializes in West Africa and ancient Mesoamerica.

Additionally, faculty emeritus professor Amiri Baraka was appointed poet laureate for the state of New Jersey in 2002, and was inducted into the National Academy of Arts and Letters in 2001. Baraka's academic specialties include playwriting, pan-Africanism, contemporary affairs, and literature.

Department-wide Extracurricular Activities and Community Service Initiatives

In addition to stressing academic inquiry, the Department of Africana Studies actively encourages students to participate in a variety of extracurricular and community service activities. Students may participate in department-sponsored community service at the University Gospel Choir, Africana Studies Library, and Protestant Campus Ministry, as well as volunteer service at local community schools and health organizations.

The department also sponsors the "Blackworld Newspaper." The student-run newspaper publishes biweekly issues highlighting subjects relevant to the Stony Brook Africana Studies Department and the black community in general.

Admission to the Africana Studies Program at Stony Brook University

The Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies is designed primarily as a professional development program for students from all educational backgrounds.

In order to be accepted to the program, students must submit a graduate application form, undergraduate transcripts, letters of recommendation, and an application fee. Once in the program, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in all courses in order to receive a certificate.

A State University in the Shadow of New York City

Located on 1,000 acres on the north shore of Long Island, Stony Brook University is just 60 miles east of New York City. Students have access to the rich cultural activities, museums, libraries, and entertainment in New York City via the university's on-campus rail station.

Stony Brook students enjoy various recreational activities throughout the year, particularly outdoor activities at the nearby West Meadow Beach and the campus hiking and biking trails. Stony Brook University features a wide variety of student services and facilities, including a medical center, residence halls, fitness centers, and 8 campus libraries.

Location & Contact

Department of Africana Studies

College of Arts and Sciences
Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
United States

Dr. Tracey Walters


Phone: 631-632-7475

Dr. Leslie Owens

Program Director

Phone: 631-632-7471
Fax: 631-632-5703

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • African Studies Certificate
      Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


88% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 2
    • Accepted 0
    • Acceptance Rate 88
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $100
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0, 3 letters of recommendation
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$4,685
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students3
    • Female Percentage100%
    • Male Percentage0%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students3
    • Part-time Percentage33%
    • Full-time Percentage67%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American50%
    • White / Caucasian50%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown0%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty8
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage38%
    • Male Percentage62%