University of Rochester
Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies

Major in African & African-American Studies

The undergraduate concentration in African and African-American Studies, administered by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, provides an interdisciplinary program of studies that integrates the Social Sciences, History, Political Science, Anthropology, Psychology, Economics) and Humanities (English, Modern Languages and Cultures, Religion and Classics, Music Philosophy).

  • It will allow students to follow a rigorous and closely monitored concentration designed to facilitate both broad exposures and in-depth mastery of a field which has, in the last twenty years, rapidly established itself as a crucial focus in a broad array of disciplines.
  • The Concentration in African and African-American Studies is multi-disciplinary and inter-departmental.
  • It brings together historical, cultural, psychological, economic, and political approaches and perspectives to the study of people of African descent in the Atlantic world, including the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America.
  • The new concentration, which may be individually tailored to focus on either the humanities or the social sciences—will appeal to students with primary interests in African and African-American Studies as wells as students working in more traditional, departmentally-based majors who may concentrate in Africa and African-American Studies as an additional or double major.
  • Many students already majoring in History, English, Political Science, Comparative Literature, Anthropology or similar disciplines will find a second major in African and African-American Studies an attractive option. Students majoring in Engineering or the natural sciences may find a double major in African and African-American Studies an enriching and humanizing opportunity as well.

For more information in African and African-American Studies contact:
FDI@mail.rochester.edu,

Professor Cilas Kemedjio, Curriculum Director 
Morey Hall 303, Tel: 3-5346, ciko@mail.rochester.edu