Five College African Studies Program

Campus Programs with a focus on Africa

The Five College African Studies program is supported by faculty members in more than 15 different disciplines at five campuses: AmherstHampshireMount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts. For a listing of faculty members by campus click here.

In addition, the following campuses have departments or programs with a focus on Africa.

Amherst College:   Black Studies Department

Mount Holyoke College: Africana Studies Program

Smith College: African Studies Department

University of Massachusetts, Amherst: W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies



African Studies Internet Resources
A list of links housed on Columbia University's African Studies website.

Organizations and Networks

Youth Action International (YAI)
Youth Action International is a national humanitarian organization dedicated to establishing and implementing programs, providing funds, and facilitating rehabilitation strategies and resources to children affected by war, poverty, and hunger.

Health Alliance International (HAI)
Health Alliance International (HAI) has maintained a long and extensive commitment to health care in central Mozambique, currently focusing on AIDS treatment and maternal and child health. 

Scholars at Risk Network (SAR)
Currently based at NYU, SAR is a network of colleges and universities interested in supporting international scholars who are at risk of persecution in their home countries. 
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AllAfrica Global Media
AllAfrica Global Media is a multi-media content service provider, systems technology developer and the largest electronic distributor of African news and information worldwide.

African Studies Association
The African Studies Association is the proud publisher of two highly regarded journals, African Studies Review and History in Africa.

Other African Studies Programs

Michigan State University African Studies Center
Founded in 1960, the MSU African Studies Center (ASC) is one of nine Title VI National Resource Centers on Africa designated by the U.S. Department of Education.

U of Pennsylvania African Studies Center
The African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania is recognized as a vital and forward-looking center where researchers, students and cultural and business entities come to gain knowledge of contemporary and historical Africa. The Center coordinates a wide range of course offerings in anthropology, demography, economics, history, language, literature, politics, religion, and sociology.

African Studies at Harvard
Harvard’s Committee on African Studies (CAS) is the umbrella organization for all things Africa-related at Harvard University.  In 2010, CAS became a National Resource Center for African Studies through the United States Department of Education.

African Studies Center at Boston University
The African Studies Center offers a rigorous academic program to students pursuing degrees in a variety of fields. The African Studies Center offers a rich and diverse program outside the classroom as well. 

Northwestern University Program of African Studies
The Program of African Studies (PAS) at Northwestern has achieved international prominence for fostering the production of innovative scholarship, the training of hundreds of African specialists, and the development of new ways of thinking about the African world.


African Studies Review
The African Studies Review is the principal academic and scholarly journal of the African Studies Association. The ASR appears three times per year in April, September, and December, and is mailed to members of the Association as one of the many benefits of membership. ASR is edited by members of the Five College African Studies Council.

African Studies Thesaurus
Developed as an indexing and retrieval tool for the ASC library collection, the African Studies Thesaurus covers the broad field of African studies, with an emphasis on the social sciences and humanities.

African Studies Quarterly