The Program was established in 2001 to support and coordinate the interdisciplinary teaching and research of Africa as an area of concentration for students and faculty at the university. The program is devoted to teaching and research on African issues, outreach activities serving schools and colleges in the Pittsburgh area, the business community, churches and the general public. Outreach activities include in-service seminars for teachers in schools, traveling seminars for United States faculty in Africa, and Africa awareness seminars in schools and communities.
The program offers both the Undergraduate and Graduate Certificates designed for students interested in learning more about Africa and expanding their knowledge and understanding of an area of the world whose increasing importance cannot be overemphasized. The courses of study provide students with the opportunity to widen their perspectives and understanding of Africa’s social, political and economic systems and deepen their insights into the profound impact of African societies on many countries in Europe and America. Students are also presented with an opportunity for in-depth study in specific areas of their professional and research interests and are encouraged to explore the numerous programs available for studying abroad in an African country. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive the graduate or undergraduate certificate in African Studies which will be posted on their academic transcript.