PAS encompasses a thriving community of graduate and undergraduate students who specialize in a diverse variety of disciplines across the university. The program promotes interdisciplinary courses with Africa content, language training, study abroad programs, special events, and Africa-based research.
PAS brings students together with faculty and visiting scholars in a variety of different academic and cultural settings, such as lectures, conferences, dinners, workshops, research programs, and film screenings. Students in all fields are welcome to participate in the activities of the program, which are intended to increase understanding of African realities and foster students' interest in African Studies.
In addition, PAS grants an Adjunct Major and Minor in African Studies at the undergraduate level and a Certificate in African Studies at the graduate level, as well as administering several grants and fellowships to encourage academic research of Africa and the Diaspora.