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Coming of Age at Kent 1967-71: A pictorial of black student life photographs by Lafayette Tolliver
Coming of Age at Kent 1967-71: A pictorial of black student life photographs by Lafayette Tolliver
Department of Pan-African Studies to host round table discussion on Ebola, Oct. 21, 2014 at 7 p.m. room 230 Ritchie Hall
Department of Pan-African Studies to host round table discussion on Ebola, Oct. 21, 2014 at 7 p.m. room 230 Ritchie Hall
Traci E. Williams and the students from the Spring 2014 Black Images trip to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American history.
Traci E. Williams and the students from the Spring 2014 Black Images trip to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American history.
Consider a Major in Pan-African Studies
Consider a Major in Pan-African Studies

Department of Pan African Studies

Welcome to Kent State University's Department of Pan-African Studies (DPAS). The Department is located in Oscar Ritchie Hall (ORH), an academic building named in honor of the first African-American Professor employed in the state of Ohio's system of Higher Education.

The Department of Pan-African Studies (DPAS) has a dual mission. Its academic mission is to offer a comprehensive, holistic, academic experience  grounded in the knowledge base, cultural norms, traditions, and histories of diverse groups of people of African descent, whether on the African continent or within  the African Diaspora.

The DPAS curriculum  reflects our pedagogic approach that is multidisciplinary  and interdisciplinary. DPAS offers a major with a choice of four concentrations, and three minors:  Pan-African StudiesAfrican Studies, Studies in Globalization, Identity and Space. These major and minor concentrations draw from perspectives and sources in the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences. Also, the Department of Pan-African Studies provides support to the Kent Core Courses, particularly our survey courses, Black Experience I and Black Experience II, which are offered both in classroom settings and on line.

The second part of the DPAS mission is to educate and inform the Kent State University and larger community about African and African derived cultural expressions, and in so doing, strengthening student and departmental  ties with the larger community.