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:

Two outstanding teachers from Pittsburgh Public, Irene and Gerald, craft a beautiful lesson that help you guide your students through a musical adventure through Sodo Ethiopia. This lesson could be used as an addition to many classes which could explore music through different contexts: Math, physics, art, history, etc. 

Intended Audience:

Darla Gerlach, Doctor of Education, through in-depth interviews, hours of observations, and crafting personal relationships with the people of Sodo, Ethiopia, created a diverse set of lessons that capture and showcase the plant life of Ethiopia. These lessons are intended for students 7-12 however, students of any age could enjoy these lessons with some modifications. 

Intended Audience:
Higher Education

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

Outreach at African Studies Program

Suad Yusuf
Graduate Student Fellow
African Studies Program