Welcome to the Department of Pan-African Studies (PAS) website. As chair, I hope you find this site to be informative, stimulating and encouraging.
Many of you may not know of us but PAS is one of the oldest and strongest Black Studies departments in the country. This year we proudly celebrate our 40th anniversary as a department with a successful BA and BSc degree, the 10th anniversary of our PAS MA Program, our 10th anniversary of our Study Abroad Program with the University of the West Indies - Trinidad, and the 1st anniversary of our P.HD in Pan-African Studies. We have a thriving undergraduate and graduate student population who take our courses and enroll in our degree programs. Each year we graduate the most outstanding classes in the field and our students go on to pursue terminal degrees in every imaginable discipline. The PhD is our latest academic success and is the only one in the South, one of 11 nationally, and no other like it internationally. We are also very excited because students can take our classes online and in fact anyone can earn an online minor in PAS.
Like other similar programs we were initiated from a social movement to fill an academic need. Our longevity is due, in part, because we have maintained a willing, active and trustworthy partnership with our surrounding local community. We match our local presence with activities nationally and internationally. Currently PAS is poised to become a premiere unit that offers a global education and have already established close relationships with several universities in the Caribbean, Africa, and North America. Moreover, PAS can boast of having had world recognized leaders among us such as Professors Jan Carew and Blaine Hudson who have left us a rich legacy of emancipatory epistemology and scholarship.
As Chair of the department I encourage you to join us in this exciting journey for despite all the progress in today's world there is still much turmoil due to a lack of respect of history, diversity and humanity. In PAS we understand the importance of an education that is both informative and transformative. Become part of a growing alumni of PAS intellectuals who are redefining scholarship with a social understanding - take our classes, enroll in our programs, take part in our student organized activities, or simply come and visit us on the 4th floor of Strickler Hall, and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions, need additional information, or have any comments or suggestions.
Dr. Theresa Rajack-Talley
Department of Pan-African Studies
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
P-(502) 852-5985; F-(502) 852-5954