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Introduction to Undergraduate Programs

Consider a major in Pan-African Studies!

DPAS major and minor course sequences are structured to provide a grounded familiarity with topics of  history, language, philosophy, education, literature, art, music, science, cultural anthropology , and sociology as they relate to peoples of African descent throughout the world. The PAS curriculum includes courses which cover a broad spectrum of the Pan-African experience. The curriculum seeks also to investigate African connections and influences among and with other ethnic groups in the United States and other parts of the Americas, whether Native North Americans and Latino communities in the U.S., or communities in Brazil, Haiti, etc. Study in the Department of Pan African Studies is preparation for a global future with a cultivated understanding of local conditions and challenges. The Department is also a site of lively and empathetic engagement over issues of gender, pressures of LGBT identity in black communities, and other problems and opportunities facing young black men and women in the 21st century.

Students majoring in any field – from Business or Education to the Humanities and Fine and Professional Arts – are encouraged to consider Pan-African Studies as a minor. A minor in Pan-African Studies often enhances the employability of students who major in other fields. Those who take the African Studies or Identity, Globalization and Space minor will find themselves with a competitive advantage in the private sector, particularly in such areas as global health, agricultural processing, information technology, climate study, mineral trades and strong cultural competency skill sets.

Ida B. Wells/Atonkwa Village (WAV)

The Wells/Atonkwa Village is a  Living-Learning Community. 

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Is the research arm of the department, also known as IAAA.



The Department of Pan-African Studies is also affiliated with the following organizations: