African & African American Studies
Degree Options: Major, Minor
Locations: Lincoln Center, Rose Hill
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Study the African diaspora around the globe.
Can a conversation about civil rights in America be more inclusive? Of course. But we aim much higher. The discourse in African & African American Studies at Fordham has been rich, diverse, and complex for more than four decades. Founded in 1969, we’re one of oldest academic departments in the U.S. devoted to exploring the breadth and depth of the African diaspora experience in America and around the globe.
African & African American Studies embraces diverse intellectual and ideological perspectives in researching, teaching, and civic engagement. It’s an interdisciplinary field, pulling from history, literature, language, sociology, economics, and the arts. It’s deeply eclectic and intellectually exhilarating.
Study civil rights and citizenship. Begin to speak Swahili. Analyze the role of race in the black prison experience. Examine the role of women in African politics. Read contemporary African literature. Parse African American identity in film. Learn the 19th-century roots of South African apartheid.
And join a department of diverse community of students and faculty in small, interactive classes where learning is a conversation, not a lecture.
Of course, you’ll learn more than African & African American studies here. You’ll also study philosophy, theology, economics, mathematics, languages, science, and the performing arts through Fordham’s common core curriculum, the centerpiece of our liberal arts education.