Pan-African Studies

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Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Pan-African Studie.  PAS recently celebrated it’s 40th Anniversary, making it one of the oldest Black/Africana Studies departments in the country.

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Pan-African Studies (PAS) is the study of the cultures and societies of Africa and persons of African ancestry, both past and present. Our students study the diffusion of African people and cultures in North America, the Caribbean and South America, with special focus on the United States.

Learn more about the Department of Pan-African Studies.

The department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science in Pan-African Studies.

The majors offer coursework in cultural, historical and social studies, as well as possible field or study abroad experiences, for studentsinterested in this multidisciplinary field.

We also offers three minors:

  • Black Performance Studies
  • Pan-African Studies
  • Race and Gender Studies
Learn more about undergraduate education in Pan-African Studies.

PAS offers its majors for-credit internship options as well as opportunities for independent study. For more information on these offerings, please contact the department at

PAS graduates are finding work in a broad range of sectors, including, but not limited to:

  • Higher education
  • K-12 education
  • Mental health
  • Public health
  • Non-profit and social services

Specific jobs might include:

  • Educational administrators
  • Professors
  • Teachers
  • Authors
  • Researchers
  • Attorneys
  • Consultants
  • Diversity trainers
  • Civil rights and organizational leaders

Pan-African Studies

Strickler Hall 445

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

Office Hours

M-F 8:00am to 5:00 pm


tel (502) 852-5985

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