Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York
African and African American Studies

African and African American Studies

West African Adinkra symbol of life-long education and continued quest for knowledge.


The Department of African and African American Studies (AAAS) at Fordham University was founded in 1969, making it one of the oldest departments of its kind in the nation, and one of the most admired for the quality of its faculty and graduates. The department serves dually as an academic unit and a community, comprised of students and faculty interested in the interdisciplinary study of Africa and its diaspora. The department places a strong emphasis on preparing students for graduate and professional study – as well as careers in public and community service. AAAS supports the important components of its academic program with a wide range of symposiums, conferences, and community/cultural events that are presented during the University calendar.


The goal of the Department of African and African American Studies is to prepare its majors and minors to become global citizens, scholars and social activists who are sensitive to the demands of an increasingly diverse American society and world.

Upcoming events

Symposium on Perspectives on National Reconciliation in South Sudan: Lessons learnt from South Africa, Rwanda, and Sudan - April 5th at 10am, Lincoln Center campus. Visit our Current Events page for more information or download the flyer.

Lecture on Chocolate, Slavery, and the Humanitarian Impulse in Colonial Africa - April 10th at 4pm, Rose Hill campus. Download the flyer.

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