The Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies offers a BA and minor in African and African-American studies as well as several clusters.

This interdisciplinary program integrates the social sciences and humanities to bring 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.

Dual Majoring

While African and African-American studies can complement any major, it is an especially good fit for students looking to dual major in:

  • History
  • English
  • Political science
  • Comparative literature
  • Anthropology


A degree in African and African-American studies can lead to a career in fields like:

  • Higher education
  • Law and politics
  • Human resources
  • Non-profits

Want to see what our graduates are doing now? Check out our alumni page!


Questions? Contact Professor Cilas Kemedjio, curriculum director, at (585) 273-5346 or ciko@mail.rochester.edu.