A minor in Pan African Studies is designed to educate students about the multi-faceted dimensions of communities of African descent worldwide. The Pan African Studies minor at Arcadia is based on the idea of Arcadia’s attention to graduating well-rounded, intellectually astute students and the university’s focus on global studies. Inasmuch as this minor serves the needs of the students who are interested in various facets of the Africana experience, it will demonstrate Arcadia’s understanding of the relationships between the discipline and other related disciplines (e.g., Business, History, English, Communications, Sociology, Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Education, International Studies, etc.). In addition, our students who seek to enter some aspect of African American, African or African Diaspora studies will find that they are adequately prepared for colleges and universities with more extensive programs, including graduate programs in the field.
Upon successful completion of the Pan African Studies minor, students should be able to:
Describe the history of people of African descent worldwide and utilize critical thinking to analyze and interpret the historical landscape within the context of the Pan African socio-political world.
Describe the history of oppression of peoples of African descent, their contributions to various human conditions, and the development of their identities of resistance.
Identify and contextualize the contributions that people of African descent have made to the development of the African continent and world civilizations within the economic, historical, social, cultural, political, and technological contexts.
Describe and analyze the interconnected nature of national and global movements that have been and continue to be shaped by a direct relationship with or reaction to people of African descent.
Analyze forms and traditions of thought and expression (e.g., music, literature, mass movement, philosophical and religious traditions, community organizing, etc.) in relation to the cultural, historical, political, and social contexts and their global linkages between people of African descent.
Identify and define major theoretical concepts and research methodologies used within the cross-cultural and interdisciplinary field of Africana Studies, drawing connections to other disciplines, models, and paradigms that have informed our understanding of the Pan African world.
Develop cogent critical arguments based on inquiry, exploration, and analysis of major themes in the field (e.g., the social scientific issues of race, racism, and inequality) and place those themes within the historical context of the African Diaspora.
The Pan African Studies Collective (PASC)
The Pan African Studies minor is supported in part by the teaching, guidance, and vision of the Pan African Studies Collective (PASC), which includes faculty and staff from different disciplines across the University. Each member of the PASC lends their expertise to ensuring that the minor is a challenging, rewarding, and transformational experience for students as they expand their intellectual horizons and gain a deeper understanding of the Afrodiasporic world.