African Studies Director Steve Howard poses with African Studies students after he received an award from the President of Somalia last spring.

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Associate Professor of Music Paschal Younge leads a drumming circle. Younge teaches African drumming and music for the African Studies program.

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OHIO designated National Resource Center for African Studies

Ohio University’s African Studies program has been designated a Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) by the U.S. Department of Education ranking OHIO among the top programs in the country. Accompanying the designation is a grant for more than $2.5 million over four years to provide language instruction and student fellowships and support research and training in African area studies.

Strengths of OHIO’s African Studies program include 47 affiliated faculty members across 32 disciplines, an extensive Africana library collection including official depositories for Botswana and Swaziland, and unique programmatic specializations in sports and development, African arts, community health, and childhood studies. The Institute for the African Child was founded at OHIO in 1999.

“Our hard work to make Ohio University an important regional and national center for the study of Africa, her peoples and languages, has paid off,” said Steve Howard, director of African Studies and graduate chair of the Center for International Studies. “We want to expose all Ohio University students to the important contributions Africa makes to global civilization, and we invite the wider community to take advantage of our educational and cultural programs that bring Africa closer to the American public.”
This grant will fund the development of new undergraduate and graduate certificate programs in African Humanitarian Studies, African Music and Dance, and Maternal and Child Health in Africa.

Thirteen graduate and two undergraduate OHIO students have been awarded prestigious Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for the 2010-2011 academic year. The fellowships provide a full tuition scholarship and stipend for the students, who enroll in African language and area studies courses.  

Language instruction in Akan, Amharic, Arabic, Gikuyu, Somali, Sudanese Arabic, Swahili, Tigrinya and Wolof is offered at OHIO and supported with Title VI grant funding. This is the first year FLAS fellowships are available to undergraduates.

“African Studies at OHIO is well known and respected,” said Daniel Weiner, executive director of the Center for International Studies. “NRC status further confirms that we are one of the best programs in the United States for the study of Africa and African languages.”

OHIO has been designated an U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center since 1996.

OHIO’s National Resource Center peers for African Studies include Boston University, University of Wisconsin, University of Florida, Harvard University, Indiana University, University of Kansas, Michigan State University, University of North Carolina and Yale University.

To learn more about African Studies and FLAS Fellowships visit