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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 online advising via email, phone, text, and Zoom. For student advisement on Africana courses, on Africana Studies Major and Minor requirements, and on any other academic advisement matter, please send an e-mail with your name and EMPLID to Professor Banoum at or Dominique Winters at Someone will respond to your message as soon as possible, then work with you to schedule an online meeting.

Find below the dates for Student Advisement:

Day Time
Wednesday, May 26 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Tuesday, June 1 2:00PM - 8:00PM
Tuesday, June 22 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Tuesday, June 29 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Tuesday, July 6 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Tuesday, July 20 12:00PM - 6:30PM
Tuesday, July 27 12:00PM - 6:30PM
Wednesday, July 28 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Monday, August 3 12:00PM - 6:30PM
Wednesday, August 4 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Tuesday, August 10 12:00PM - 6:30PM
Wednesday, August 11 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Tuesday, August 17 12:00PM - 6:30PM
Wednesday, August 18 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Tuesday, August 24 10:00AM - 4:00PM

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.

Why 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, medicine, 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 is designed to give 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.

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: