College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities

About Pan African Studies

Students in class.

The Pan African Studies Program provides a framework to encourage intellectual discourse on the African and African American experience. Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach, Pan African Studies grounds students in the histories, cultures, and traditions of Africans and how they impacted the various regions where they came to reside since the sixteenth century. The program offers a broad spectrum of courses, such as history, theater, sociology, nursing, and political science, which help students shape their major to fit their particular future interest.

Hariet TubmanMore so than African American Studies, Pan African Studies helps students gain an awareness of the lifestyles of Africans and African Americans, while preparing them to meet the challenges of an increasingly diverse world in which people of African descent play a major role. We want to enhance our students’ ability to think critically about African and African American issues, develop a sense of responsibility, and become agents in promoting economic and cultural ties throughout their various communities. Using models already developed by international companies like Michelin, BMW, and Fluor Daniel, students will learn to integrate their skills with the world marketplace.