Welcome to the Center for African Studies

The Center for African Studies (CfAS) at Howard University is a Title VI National Resource Center and a campus-wide hub that supports and enhances Africa-related teaching and research.

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University Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The University continues to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, as additional cases are confirmed in the United States and other countries. The University continues to formulate and adjust its plans as needed.

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African Language Summer Institute

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Apply for a FLAS Fellowship!

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Faculty members, need funding for your Africa-related course or programming?

Apply for an AFEE grant.

CABA Winners have been announced!

See the winners on the Africa Access Website

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Our Symposium was attended live by 531 individuals on Zoom and YouTube.

Did you miss it? Here's your chance to view the Recording.

FLAS Deadline: February 15

Looking for funding for African language study? Apply for a Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship! Choose from Amharic, Arabic, Somali, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba and Zulu.

Apply for FLAS

African Languages

HU has the largest number of students studying African languages in the United States!

Learn more about our programs.

Hip Hop in Africa Online Course

The Hip Hop in Africa online course was created by Dr. Msia Clark to introduce students to contemporary African culture, using the lens of hip hop. Hip hop is a major cultural force throughout urban Africa, and the music is a great tool for understanding the social issues and cultural environments impacting African youth today. Through hip hop culture, African artists provide rich and diverse narratives of contemporary Africa. This course is designed to accommodate various levels of familiarity with Africa and provides access to content at various levels of difficulty.

Find out more about the Hip Hop in Africa online course

Featured Article

Finding the Musical Connections between West Africa and Latin America

BY Verny Varela IIn this essay, Verny Varela, a Spanish instructor at Howard University and a 2020 participant in CAORC’s faculty development seminar to Senegal, highlights the many cultural and especially musical connections between West Africa and Colombia, where he was born and raised. Read the Article