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About Us


The Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies was established in 1986 to promote the development of African and African-American studies in undergraduate and graduate education and to advance research at Rochester.

Undergraduate Program

The institute offers an interdisciplinary major that encompasses a broad range of undergraduate courses, many of which are offered in collaboration with other departments.

In addition to an undergraduate internship and a distinguished speaker series, we also host a bi-weekly video and film series to discuss video and documentaries capturing Africa's past and present.

Discussing African and African-American Studies

We offer a Work-in-Progress Seminar Series for graduates and faculty to give them the opportunity to present and discuss their ongoing research in the broad area of African and African-American studies.