At Temple University, there’s so much more to Africology and African American Studies than the academic work students do in the classroom. As a student, you’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad, contribute to a leading journal and further your knowledge of Black studies through an unparalleled literature collection. And don’t forget about our many scholarship opportunities!

Study Abroad Programs

Temple students can study abroad in almost any country through our programs, exchanges and partnerships with organizations around the world. The benefits of studying abroad are immense; the decision to study abroad will change your life more than any other part of your college experience. This is your opportunity to live, study and intern in another country for college credit. Where will Temple take you?

Journal of Black Studies

Our department is the home to the Journal of Black Studies, the most prestigious publication in the discipline of African American studies. A leading source for innovative and creative research on the Black experience, the journal is published six times per year. Africology and African American studies students can work with the journal under the guidance of our distinguished faculty.

The Encyclopedia of Black Studies

Two of Temple’s faculty members, Molefi K. Asante and Ama Mazama, edited the Encyclopedia of Black Studies. It is the leading reference source for dynamic and innovative research on the Black experience. The encyclopedia contains a full analysis of the economic, political, sociological, historical, literary and philosophical issues related to Americans of African descent.

National Council on Black Studies

The Department of Africology and African American Studies is accredited by the National Council for Black Studies (NSBC). NCBS was established in 1975 by African American scholars who recognized the need to formalize the study of the African world experience, as well as expand and strengthen academic units and community programs devoted to that endeavor. NCBS holds an annual conference and publishes the International Journal of African Studies.

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Charles L. Blockson Collection

The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, located at Temple University’s Sullivan Hall, contains over 500,000 items on the global Black experience. Dating from 1581 to the present, the extensive catalog is the first of its kind at a major university. Mr. Blockson chose Temple University for his collection because of our diverse student body and our location at the heart of the African American community in North Philadelphia.  

Undergraduate Department Scholarships

Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to be nominated for the following awards and scholarships in Africology and African American Studies Department. Superior academic achievement is a pre-requisite to be considered for nomination.