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The African Studies Program offers an undergraduate major, minor, and select certificate programs.

offers students the opportunity to gain in-depth understanding of the multiple social, political, cultural, and economic factors that shape the lives of African peoples.  It provides students with key historical understanding, placing Africa within the center of global history.  It allows students the opportunity to develop their knowledge of modern-day Africa and to recognize and celebrate its diversities of cultures, races, ethnicities, and religions. It fosters critical analysis, promotes social responsibility, and social justice on issues pertinent to Africa’s depiction in the Western world and past, present, and future development. It engages with African paradigms for its own growth and its future, as it situates theoretical models relevant to the overall discipline. 

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Teaching Professor of African Studies
(814) 865-5257
Area(s) of Specialization: Science and technology in Africa, Education in Africa, Globalization, African politics, Multiculturalism, Economic development in Africa, Peace and conflict studies

Kristie Kalvin

Academic Advisor

What can I do with a degree in African Studies?

The program uses historical, cultural, geographical, economic, political, and literary approaches to equip students with skills to undertake research on issues pertinent to Africa and to prepare them for careers in a range of professions as well as for graduate studies.

Potential career areas include:

  • The Arts
  • Education
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Community Development
  • Government/Politics/NGO/Advocacy
  • Medicine
  • Management/Industry
  • Anywhere your imagination can take you!!!

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