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About the Department

At Pan-African Studies

  • Students learn the importance of informed judgment, and life-long learning; students develop specialized understanding, specialized and general knowledge and skills that they are prepared to apply responsibly in new and complex settings
  • Students are involved in learning based in inquiry, evidence analysis, critical and creative thought, and collaborative problem-solving
  • Students gain intercultural knowledge and competencies through students’ direct involvement in research, creative activity, community outreach, and through progressively more challenging problems, projects, and standards of performance across the disciplines

What is it?

The Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University serves a vital need in the university community. Pan African Studies is the study of communities of people of African descent both on the continent of Africa and in various countries throughout the world. The Department focuses on bringing the local point of view of diverse communities into a global context, where specific national stories (U.S.A., Haiti, Jamaica, etc.) and specific regional stories (West Africa, North Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Indian Ocean, etc.) can be understood in a world context.

Increasing critical thinking in the 21st century

The Department of Pan-African Studies offers a rich and diverse program for undergraduate students. Its primary purpose is to increase student capabilities in critical thinking and carrying out research. We also aim to provide students with applied knowledge and interest in civic participation and to learn basic practices of provide them with basic information and questions which will lead to further research, study, and analysis. The courses cover the full spectrum of Pan-African affairs (the past, present and future of the global African experience). The curriculum also promotes a healthy appreciation, recognition and understanding of the diversity of cultures and civilizations comprising the human family

Improving cultural competencies

The faculty of the department represent a broad spectrum of scholarly and applied experience. This diversity allows us to provide a holistic and integrated view of the African experience through time.  Faculty have their degrees in Anthropology and African Studies,  History, Political Science, Sociology, Literature, Communications and Media, Theatre Arts and Ethnomusicology.
IMAGE: Instructor Olu Manns (left) performs on stage with students from his Cultural Expressions class.

Three Important Values:

  • Development of critical thinking

  • Appreciation for the history and socio-cultural practices of diverse communities of African descent

  • Commitment to activism and community

Four Concentrations:

Three Minors:

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