Our Mission

The African Studies Program (ASP) at the University of Pittsburgh promotes the multidisciplinary study of Africa through high quality education about Africa and the African Diaspora. We strive to provide a rich learning environment that facilitates a comprehensive and critical understanding of the continent through Africa-related courses, African languages, research and out of the classroom educational activities designed to help students grasp Africa’s internal dynamics and evolving place in international context as they prepare for their leadership and service roles in global society.


To accomplish our mission, ASP draws on a wealth of experience of Africanist faculty whose research, teaching and service focus on Africa-related topics from a broad range of disciplines and professions. Our key focus is on the following activities:   


  • Teaching Africa-related courses that enhance understanding of the history, culture, politics, development, social transformations, the environment and globalization  
  • Enriching student learning through exchanges, study abroad, service learning and internship opportunities not only in Africa but also locally working with institutions that have some emphasis on Africa related activities 
  • Sponsoring a wide variety of program activities (lecture series, symposia, conferences) on topics and issues that are critical to Africa and pertinent to improved understanding of the African experience 
  • Building institutional partnerships and exchanges that enhance collaborative research on problems of critical concern to the continent and finding innovative solutions 
  • Serving as a public resource on Africa for the K-12 schools and the wider Pittsburgh community