SUNY Oneonta

Africana and Latino Studies

Professors: Choonoo, Hill, O'Mara; Associate Professor: Compton (Chair); Assistant Professors: Francis, Rogers, Wambui; Lecturer: Souza


The Africana and Latino Studies Department is an interdisciplinary program spanning a wide variety of courses in the humanities and social sciences. The major is designed to provide a humane and intellectual appreciation of the heritage of Africana and Latino peoples. The Africana and Latino Studies major* also provides students with insight into the contemporary experiences of Africana and Latino people (African, African American, Latin, Caribbean). Africana and Latino Studies courses are expected to broaden the intellectual and cultural vision of all students.


Africana and Latino Studies is a major requiring 30 s.h.


The department offers three minors that are compatible with many majors: Africana and Latino Studies (18 s.h.), Urban Studies (19-27 s.h.), and Social Justice Studies (19-27 s.h.).

Requirements for the Major

The majority of courses are cross-listed with other departments. The Major consists of three tracks: Africana and Latino Studies General Track, Africana Studies Track, and Latino Studies Track. 30 s.h. of credit must be completed for the ALS major in ALS courses and approved related course work. Specific course requirements are listed below.

Special Programs

ALS offers a Ghana Intersession and study abroad and exchange programs through other SUNY programs; encouragement of innovative independent study and field-work projects; apprenticeship and internship programs with State, urban, community and NGO agencies overseas.

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