Program of African Studies (PAS)

About the Program of African Studies

The Program of African Studies (PAS) at Northwestern has achieved international prominence for fostering the production of innovative scholarship, the training of hundreds of African specialists, and the development of new ways of thinking about the African world.

Today, PAS remains at the forefront, advancing knowledge of Africa and its diaspora, strengthening Northwestern’s involvement in the continent, and promoting cooperative approaches to increase international understanding.

Academic opportunities

PAS offers an adjunct major/minor, a graduate certificate, courses in Swahili, funding for student research, and student groups focusing on the continent.

Northwestern is also home to the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, a distinguished collection of Africana.