Africana and Latino Studies

Professor Betty teaching ALS student
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Students in Class
Student on Laptop

As an Africana and Latino Studies major at SUNY Oneonta, you'll be encouraged to think across disciplines and understand the language and methods of philosophy, social theory, literary studies, music, ethnography, history and other areas of study. By examining connections between the past and present in Africa, the Caribbean, North America, Central and South America, you'll develop a better understanding of the significance of race, ethnicity, class, religion, gender and sexuality in today's world.

The ALS major stresses critical thinking, reading, writing and communication skills. These will not only prepare you for graduate study and careers in education, social services, entertainment, private industry and public service, but help you as future citizens in a democratic society. You will learn to think clearly by consistently having to weigh different and conflicting accounts of social reality, a solid preparation for living and working in the 21st century.

You can tailor the program to your interests by adding a related minor in Social Justice Studies or Urban Studies. Experiential learning is a valuable part of the program. Since 2005, the ALS Department has offered short-term, faculty-led study abroad experiences in Ghana and South Africa, giving students the chance to apply and augment their classroom knowledge through internships, service-learning projects and cultural immersion.

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Africana and Latino Studies Department
270 Fitzelle Hall


Angelica Matoske
My favorite classes so far have been Gender, Power & Difference with Dr. Kachwala or Race, Gender, Class and Culture with Dr. Ashford. I loved these classes because we were really able to have discussions. I think you learn more when you hear the other people in your class talking. It’s more life skills, being knowledgeable and being able to explain how you feel. It’s really important to be able to explain yourself and where you’re coming from.
Shinique Smith
One of my best college experiences was meeting Bryan Stevenson when he came to SUNY Oneonta to deliver the Mills Distinguished Lecture. I’m listening to this man and I'm bawling. Just all the things he was saying. The thing he said that really touched me the most is that the people who are going to change the broken laws are the broken people. I cried and I could not stop crying until the lights came on. It was the validation I needed that I had chosen the right major and was on the right path
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