Undergraduate Program in

Africana Studies

Discover Africa, the cradle of humankind, and develop your understanding of the vital role that the region and people of African descent play in every part of the world.


Students can pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or a minor in Africana Studies, and learn about the identities, history, geography, language, politics, economics, and cultural experience of the African people, as well as Black peoples in the Americas and Europe. Learn how Africa's natural resources are fueling the economies of the developing world. Hofstra also offers study abroad opportunities and language courses in Swahili.

Courses include:

  • African Humanism
  • African National Liberation Movements
  • The Color of Literature
  • African American History
  • Politics of Race in the U.S.
  • Psychology of Prejudice

Learn from Experts

Meet the Director

Veronica Akinyi Lippencott, PhD, is adjunct associate professor of Global Studies and Geography and associate director of Hofstra University’s Center for “Race,” Culture, and Social Justice. Among her research interests, she has explored the geographic diffusion of HIV/AIDS in Kenya, which was highlighted in the PBS documentary series, The Power of Place: Geography in the 21st Century.

The Outlook

Your Hofstra degree prepares you to enter a variety of career fields or pursue advanced study. Based on recent alumni surveys:


Alums with a job, in graduate school, or both


Hired within six months of graduation 


Average salary within one year of graduation

Alumni Success

With our comprehensive program, graduates enjoy considerable success upon graduation, whether they obtain positions at prestigious companies or pursue advanced study at top graduate schools.

Recent alumni work at companies such as:

  • Bellmore Union Free School District
  • Harborfield Central School District
  • Mercer
  • Northport-East Northport School District
  • NY Department of Labor
  • Scribe America, Inc.
  • Yelp, Inc.

Those pursuing graduate degrees study at:

  • Boston College
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Harvard University
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Princeton University

Contact Us

Visit our program website

Program Director
Veronica Lippencott, PhD

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