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Graduate studies, Africana Studies and Research Center


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The depth and breadth of our faculty expertise in the global study of race and Blackness in the traditional disciplines of English, Anthropology, Literature, History, Politics, Philosophy, Sociology and Art History makes Africana Studies at Cornell a significant resource for graduate students who want to engage in the interdisciplinary study of Black people in Africa, the African Diaspora, and around the globe.  There are few departments or programs that match our strengths in: 

    1. Black political, cultural, philosophical and artistic thought and practice in global perspective
    2. Global studies in Black popular and mass culture 
    3. Race in relation to the study of gender and sexuality.
While we have particular expertise in the study of Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States, we support and encourage the study of Black people everywhere in the world. 

Africana Studies offers a Ph.D. program with full funding which includes paid tuition, health insurance, and a stipend. 

Requirements Summary

  • All Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants   
  • Statement of Purpose 
  • Writing sample   
  • Three letters of recommendation on letterhead   
  • GRE general test not required
  • Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA 
  • The deadline to apply for the Fall 2016 term is January 11th, 2016
  • Cost of to Apply is $95. For more information please see the Graduate School website.

    To Apply

    If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact Joshua Porter at