Department of African Studies

African Studies

Our department promotes an educational and intellectual culture that provides opportunities for students to acquire knowledge and develop skills that enable deeper understandings of Africa and Africans and their contribution to humanity.

Dr. Mohamed Camara
Chairperson
mohamed.camara@howard.edu

Dr. Msia Kibona Clark 
Director of Undergraduate Studies
msia.clark@howard.edu

Dr. Krista Johnson
Director of Graduate Studies
kmjohnson@howard.edu

Main Office: 202-238-2328
Follow us on Facebook

Prospective Students

Why African Studies?

The Department of African Studies at Howard University is one of the oldest African Studies departments in the United States, housed in one of the largest historically Black institutions in the United States. The Department of African Studies offers B.A., M.A., and Ph.D degrees in African Studies. Our department focuses on taking an interdisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary Africa. Our students go on to enter numerous fields, including education, international development, NGO work, civil service (in the U.S. and throughout Africa), and graduate programs in countries around the world.

Revised African Studies Infographic 2

What are the career paths for our students?

African Studies Careers 2

How do I apply?

Undergraduate applicants should choose African Studies in the admissions application. If you have any questions about declaring African Studies as a major or minor, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Clark, at msia.clark@howard.edu. Click here to apply for a B.A. degree.

Graduate applicants may apply for the M.A. or Ph.D. program here. Contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Johnson at KMJohnson@howard.edu.

Current Students

African Languages @HU

African language instruction at Howard University is done in the Department of World Language & Cultures, which offers courses in Amharic, Arabic, Somali, Swahili, Yoruba, Wolof, and Zulu. The Center for African Studies offers fellowships to graduate and undergraduate students who wish to study these languages. .

The Center for African Studies

Cfas Small Logo

Visit the CfAS website to find Africa-related fellowships, scholarships, grants, jobs, internships, calls for papers, CfAS news and academic news.

The Center for African Studies provides Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships through funding from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI program. FLAS Fellowships support students taking African languages (Amharic, Arabic, Somali, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba and Zulu) and area studies coursework. The fellowships support intensive for-credit study of an African language and to promote the development of competency in African Studies either in the United States or abroad. Find out more about the FLAS Fellowship.

Graduate Funding

The Graduate School maintains a database of funding opportunities for current students. 

Undergraduate Scholarships

The Center for African Studies provides Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships through funding from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI program. FLAS Fellowships support students taking African languages (Amharic, Arabic, Somali, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba and Zulu) and area studies coursework. The fellowships support intensive for-credit study of an African language and to promote the development of competency in African Studies either in the United States or abroad.

The Rangel Program is a U.S. State Department program administered by Howard University that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State.

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.  A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. The Institute of International Education has administered the program since its inception in 2001.

Featured Article

Dr. PLO Lumumba on the Role of Africa and the Black Diaspora in International Affairs

By Constance Pruitt The Palavar Series presented a public lecture on Africa and Black Diasporic Engagements featuring renowned Dr. PLO Lumumba. The event took place from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Thursday, October 18, 2018, in the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library at Howard University. The public lecture, “On the Role of Africa and the Black Diaspora in International Affairs” was hosted by Dr. J. Jarpa Dawuni of the Political Science Department and Dr. Msia Kibona Clark of the African Studies Department. Dr. Read the Article