In this program, students will learn of very different experiences of Africans, in and out of slavery, in different linguistic and religious communities, in differing economic circumstances. With the extraordinary recent economic growth in Brazil, coupled with the increasing significance of the Caribbean, and the enduring role of Africa as a worldwide source of raw materials and consequent economic and political problems, students who can connect their knowledge to those cultures will have an advantage. They will understand how they can combine their coursework in Pan African Studies with their knowledge in computer science, education, engineering, theater, architecture, literature or whatever they are studying to make themselves a much more valuable citizen and potential employee.
Many students who have graduated from African American Studies programs have gone on to successful careers: Mae Jemison was the first African American woman in space; Angela Bassett is a world renowned actress; and Grant Hill is an acclaimed athlete and philanthropist. All of these figures and many more like them have used their African American Studies degrees to make their marks on the world.