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.

Africana Studies
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Congratulations to This Year's AFS Graduates!

  • Left to Right -
Olamide Adams
Tayzhaun Glover (recipient of the Beverly 
       Nelson Muldrow '71 Award)
Brandon Smith

Left to Right - Olamide Adams, Tayzhaun Glover (recipient of the Beverly Nelson Muldrow '71 award) and Brandon Smith 

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  • entire group sitting

Fall 2016
Africa Worldwide 2016 - 2017

Student Led Panel Discussions

The first panel was Gentrification and Rising Gaps in Income and Wealth in Society, led by members of I.M.P.A.C.T (from left to right: Cesar Cortorreal Jr. '20, Jabari Benjamin '18, Ehenneden Idehen-Amadasun '18), with comments by Professors Antonio Callari and Vincent Huang, from the Department of Economics. Brooks College House, October 20, 2017.

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  • student panel discussion

The second panel was Foreign Aid and Dominant Media Representations of Africa, led by the African and Caribbean Students Association -- Axel Ntwari ’17 (second from left) and Zoe Laryea ’17 (first on the right), with comments from Professor Patrick Bernard, Department of English, and Professor Eiman Zein-Elabdin, Department of Economics. Ware College House,November 17, 2017. 

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Congratulations 2016 Seniors! 

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

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