Welcome to Kent State University’s Department of Pan-African Studies (DPAS). The Department of Pan-African Studies (DPAS) is located in Oscar Ritchie Hall (ORH), an academic building named in honor of one of the first African Americans to hold a tenured position in the state of Ohio’s system of Higher Education.
The Department of Pan-African Studies (DPAS) has a dual mission:
- Offer a comprehensively radical African centered approach to learning.
- Educate and inform Kent State University and the larger community about African & African derived cultural expressions.
Pan-African Studies graduates develop core career competencies that are applicable to many careers.
Listen to Aiden Taylor explain how his involvement with the Pan-African Studies degree program provided him with an outstanding opportunity to work with the digital humanities project.
Watch as Dr. Kumah-Abiwu talks about classroom engagement and how Pan-African Studies changes the lives of our students.
Both our major and minor concentrations draw from perspectives and sources in the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences and advance critical analysis of contemporary global world politics, culture, history and community development.
- Black Experience I and II Courses
- Supports the Kent Core Requirement and are offered online as well as traditional classroom settings.
- Communication Skills and Arts Program
- Teaches college writing courses in an innovative and student-centered manner through reading and writing assignments relevant to the people of African descent.