Cornell University to Offer a Ph.D. Program in Africana Studies

cornellCornell University in Ithaca, New York, has announced that it will establish a Ph.D. program in Africana studies. It will be the first Ph.D. program in the discipline in the state of New York.

According to Cornell’s count, there are 300 undergraduate programs in Black and Africana studies but only 10 doctoral programs. The university estimates that 20 to 30 percent of Black studies faculty nationwide will be retiring over the next decade. Thus, Cornell’s Ph.D. program will help fill the need to replace retiring Black studies faculty.

The university will accept four or five students into its Africana studies doctoral program beginning in the fall of 2014.

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  1. Currently, checking to see if there is a scholarship/summer internship for this program.
    I already have two Master Degrees. I have a strong interest in the African American Studies Program. I would like a contact person to communicate with me, if possible.

    Thank You

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