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Department of African and African-American Studies at Lehman College

From the Department Chair

Dr. Bertrade Ngo-Ngijol Banoum

The Department of Africana Studies is in the School of Arts and Humanities with such departments as Latin American & Latino Studies, Women's Studies, History, Philosophy, Music, English, and Journalism. Courses taken in Africana Studies can fulfill the College's distribution requirement in historical studies, comparative culture, the arts and literature. Students can take courses in Africana Studies for elective credits. Students may also elect to major or minor in Africana Studies.

Africana Studies is a body of knowledge that records, describes, and analyzes the experience of Black people in all parts of the world, but especially in America, the Caribbean and Africa. Africana Studies appraises the past, examines the present, and seeks to shape the future. Moreover, Africana Studies offers an interdisciplinary major leading to a 36 Credit B.A. degree or a 15 Credit Minor. The courses are grouped into five sequences: African American, community and urban, African Caribbean, Africana/Black Arts. The Department cross lists a number of courses in Latin American & Latino, Political Science, Sociology, History, Philosophy, Women's Studies and other disciplines.

Mission and Goals

The Department’s mission is to provide instruction and undertake research on the history, societies and cultures of peoples of African heritage in Africa and in the African Diaspora; as well as serve as a resource center for the African American community in the Bronx and surrounding areas.  In fulfillment of its mission the Department is committed to the following GOALS:

  • to promote excellence in teaching, scholarship and research from the perspective of Africana Studies;
  • to develop the students’ critical, conceptual, and analytical skills in the discipline;
  • to provide Africana educational and cultural enrichment through conferences, lectures, local trips, and special events for the residents of the Bronx and surrounding areas;
  • to provide academic advisement, extra-curricular support, and educational counseling for the majors and minors;
  • to promote knowledge, understanding, appreciation for the diverse human experience.