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 Ibukun Ogunwomoju, who was awarded departmental honors for her thesis: "Yoruba to the World: A Tradition of Constructing a Transnational Ethnic Identity" under the supervision of Professor Doug Anthony.
Congratulations to the 2020 Beverly Nelson Muldrow Award Winners! The award is presented for outstanding academic achievement in the study of Africa and its diasporas, including the African American experience, and for contribution to the welfare of the community. It was established by the F&M African American Alumni Council in recognition of Ms. Beverly Nelson Muldrow, Esq. '71, the first African American woman to graduate from Franklin & Marshall.
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The Pulse

Story 11/1/2021

'The Politics of Black Lives Matter' Set for Dec. 7

Author and theorist Bill Fletcher , Jr., will speak on "The Politics of Black Lives Matter" on Tues., Dec.  7 at 7 p.m. at F&M.

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Story 3/23/2021

Professors Across Disciplines Teach Humanities of Pandemics

Students researched everything from bubonic plague to COVID-19 in this semester’s “Pandemics Past and Present” course, a first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary initiative organized and led by the...

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Story 3/12/2021

Who Owns Culture? Historian Examines Art Restitution and...

The trove of Benin’s opulent palace art can be found in museums across the globe. Everywhere, that is, except Benin. Art historian Marie-Cécile Zinsou is working to change that. Her Common Hour...

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