Take your studies back to the beginning of humankind

The Africana Studies program at F&M is unique in that it is the first program that was initiated due to student demand. We prepare students to succeed in a diverse society by enabling them to see the world from a host of perspectives originating in Africa and regions of the Diaspora.

Offered in coordination with dozens of academic departments at F&M, Africana Studies provides significant research projects locally, regionally, and throughout Africa.

As an Africana Studies major or minor, you will have the opportunity to break new ground and literally create original fields of research in innovative areas.

Recent research projects have included studies on the evolution of hip-hop, pop culture, gender issues on the African continent, and reverse colonization.

The interdisciplinary study of Africa and its people will take you back to the cradle of civilization. The range of interrelated histories, cultures, and intellectual contributions of Africans and those of African origin is truly staggering.

The program affords numerous travel opportunities as well as internships for credit at relevant sites, including the Urban League of Lancaster, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the Smithsonian Institute.

Congratulations to this year's senior class!

  • Africana Studies Students and Staff
  • Africana Studies Students
  • Africana Studies Students and Staff

The Pulse

Story 8/31/2016

Africana Studies Examines the Continent's Influence on the...

From an exhibit on North African women writers to a lecture on American Muslims to a film on "Blaxploitation" in Italian cinema, F&M's Africana Studies Program has organized a series of events for...

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Story 4/14/2016

Conference Showcases Student Research Across Disciplines

The First Annual Student Research Conference on April 10 explored varied facets of the theme "Knowing Our Past: Ethics, Justice and Power."

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Story 3/29/2016

Author to Share his Thoughts on 'Writing, Humor and...

Algerian-born Amara Lakhous, author of five novels including "A Dispute over an Very Italian Piglet," will visit Franklin & Marshall College April 1 for a public reading of his works and a lecture on...

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October 24
event 10/24/2016

Dr. Suzanna Walters--Lecture: The B Side: Gay Rights after...

Stager 102 Stahr Auditorium

More than a year into the Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage – and just a...

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October 25
event 10/25/2016

Diversity in Media: screening of Blaxploitalian: One hundred...

Life Sciences 142 Auditorium

Diversity in Media: Screening of Blaxploitalian: One hundred years of blackness in Italian cinema (...

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November 16
event 11/16/2016

Dr. Tamara Walker--Lecture: Race, Gender, and Visual Culture...

Life Sciences 142 Auditorium

Men and women of African descent have long been central figures in the visual culture of Latin...

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