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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Register for the ASA Teachers' Workshop

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Go to Professional Development Page and watch the recordings

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Watch the video of the Caravans of Gold Workshop

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See the winners on the Africa Access Website

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Read about the happenings at the Center for African Studies at Howard University, join our events and take advantage of opportunities.


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.

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Hip Hop in Africa Online Course

The Hip Hop in Africa online course was created by Dr. Msia Clark to help educators learn about, and 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