African Studies Program

The mission of the African Studies Program is to promote the interdisciplinary study of Africa at the University of Pittsburgh through high quality research and teaching about Africa and the African experience. The program provides a learning environment that facilitates a comprehensive and critical understanding of Africa and the African people through courses and activities designed to help students grasp the continent’s internal dynamics and its evolving place in the world as we prepare them for their leadership and service roles in global society.

Services Offered: 
Cultural Festivals
Guest Speakers
High School Student Events
Intensive Summer Language Study Opportunities
Pre-professional Workshops with High School Students and Staff
Professional Development Workshops
Resource Lending Library
School Visits


Here is a sample of materials generated by the African Studies Program or as a result of programming in which they participated.

Lesson Plans, Unit Plans, Modules

Intended Audience:
Students, K-5, 6-8, 9-12, Higher Education, Faculty, K-12, Post-Secondary

Objects collected from all over the the African continent are held in the African Studies Center for use by individuals in all educational settings.

Intended Audience:
Higher Education

Dr. Adriana Helbig of the University of Pittsburgh developed the course Global Hip-Hop.

Intended Audience:
K-5, 6-8

This is a play teachers can do with their students to teach culture.

Outreach at African Studies Program

Suad Yusuf
Graduate Student Fellow
African Studies Program