Africana Studies

Africana Studies at Hofstra University introduces students to the study of African societies, languages and cultures. This undergraduate program offers a broad spectrum of courses in the humanities, social sciences, and the natural sciences. Hofstra currently offers a BA and a minor in Africana Studies.

Why focus on Africana Studies? The continent is the cradle of mankind, and peoples of African descent currently play a vital role in every part of the world. Africa has not only the largest number of spoken languages but also a disproportionate quantity of the world’s raw materials. Its flora, fauna and mineral resources are fueling the economies of the developing world.

Hofstra University additionally offers study abroad opportunities.

About the Program

Africa, a place to discover, journey into the hearts and mind of a continent that will bring to you the magnificent splendors of neglected civilizations, cultures, and existence. Immerse yourself with an expedition that will not only broaden your horizon, but diversify your thinking. With small class size, personal attention from exceptional faculty devoted to teaching, Hofstra University Africana Studies program will guide you in a journey of understanding. The University emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Africa, where students learn about history, geography, language, politics, economics, and the cultural experience of the African people.

Veronica Akinyi Lippencott

Lippencott Named Director of Africana Studies Program

Veronica Akinyi Lippencott, PhD, adjunct associate professor of Global Studies and Geography and associate director of Hofstra University's Center for “Race,” Culture, and Social Justice, has been appointed the director of Hofstra University’s Africana Studies Program.

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Programs and Courses


  • BA Major in Africana Studies
    The Africana Studies major will introduce the student to an interdisciplinary program that coordinates and develops courses on Africa and the life and culture of peoples of the African Diaspora.


  • Minor in Africana Studies
    A Minor in Africana Studies consists of the successful completion of 18 semester hours in African Studies courses, with at least 6 hours in residence.


Contact Us

Program Director
Veronica Lippencott, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor of Global Studies and Geography
Room 210 Roosevelt Hall