In step with the demands of students across the nation in 1969, the Department of Africana Studies and Research Institute was established at Queens College in the early 1970s. The Department, under the leadership of Political Scientist Dr. Wentworth Ofuatey Kodjoe, established itself as an inter-disciplinary multi-methodological academic and community learning space. The Africana Studies Department presented students with courses in History, Sociology, Political Science, Anthropology, Psychology, the Arts and Humanities toward broadening their understanding of the lives, contributions, and communities of African and African descended people across the globe.
Today, the Africana Studies Program at Queens College seeks to extend the tradition and scope of its founder through course offerings that critically and systematically examine the cultures, histories, and experiences of Black people worldwide. Our multi-disciplinary program encourages students to engage in courses in Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, and Psychology as well as Art, Music, History, Language and Linguistics, Women, Sexuality and Gender Studies and Literature and Philosophy. Using the tools from the various disciplines, students strengthen their critical thinking skills and find myriad field and real-life applications toward a greater understanding of the African Continent, the Afro-Latin American world and the Caribbean.