African & African American Studies

The goal of the Department of Student Listens During LectureAfrican & African American Studies is to prepare you to become a global citizen, scholar, and social activist who is sensitive to the demands of an increasingly diverse America and world.

As a student in the program, you will study the roots of African culture, history, and language. And that is only a starting point. Courses cover African migration and culture around the world. Delve into the African American experience, with courses in history, politics, culture, the arts, and religion.

Your classroom education is only part of the experience, as the department also sponsors a wide range of symposia, conferences, and community and cultural events.

An Education in African and African American Studies

The African & African American Studies (AAAS) program is designed to prepare you for graduate study or a professional career. Students in the program go on to many different careers, such as education, public service, and community service. Graduates also pursue further education in areas such as anthropology and history.

New Position 2018/19

2018-2019 Postdoctoral Position: African American History, 1930-Present

The Department of African and African American Studies at Fordham University announces a one-year post-doctoral position for scholars pursuing research in African American history, 1930-Present. Applicants must have the doctorate at the time of application. The successful candidate will teach a 3-3 course load for 2018-2019 academic year. We expect the successful candidate to teach one course in African American History, and participate in the faculty seminar organized by the department. The theme for the seminar is 'Blending Scholarship and Activism' and the seminar seeks to pull together several interdisciplinary frames of inquiry about the intersection of race, politics and religion in various times, spaces, and geographies. A successful applicant will address how their research project relates to the theme, 'Blending Scholarship and Activism'. Application should be addressed to Prof. R. Bentley Anderson, Associate Chair of the Department, and submitted electronically via Interfolio: Applications should include letter of interest, C.V., research proposal, and at least three letters of reference. 

Fordham Mini Lecture: Tyesha Maddox, Ph.D.