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What You Will Gain with the Pan-African Studies Minor

Mafei James speaking into a microphone

MINOR HAD MAJOR IMPACT - Mafei James '13, a Safety, Health, and Environmental Applied Sciences major with a minor in Pan African Studies is now an Occupational Safety Specialist for Aramark, Global Risk. "Since graduating, I almost instantly landed a job with Aramark for two reasons: IUP's safety science program having a great reputation in the safety world, and the internship tied to my minor giving me a global edge," she said.

Pan-African Studies Minor: Valuable Asset in an Increasingly Diverse Society

The multidisciplinary minor in Pan-African Studies helps students enrich their cross-cultural studies by heightening their awareness of and sensitivity to cultural diversity and expanding their knowledge of contributions by people of African heritage.

It is a valuable asset in our increasingly diverse society and is attractive to employers and graduate schools alike.

The Pan-African Studies minor gives you the following:

  • A chance to enrich your vision of the world by experiencing a multidisciplinary program
  • An innovative linking of studies in history, English, economics, religious studies, sociology, anthropology, geography, and other fields
  • A challenging program to expand your career opportunities
  • A way to explore yourself through contact with incredibly rich and diverse cultures
  • An opportunity to study abroad and take part in exchange programs
  • Help in preparing for the increasingly diverse workplace and for opportunities in many professional fields, including education, administration, management, business, government, international relations, politics, law, communications, and social services
  • Pan-African Studies
  • Sutton Hall, Room 465
    1011 South Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2325
  • Office Hours
  • Contact the coordinator for an appointment:
  • Or call the Dept. of Foreign Languages at
  • 724-357-2325 to ask for Dr. Ryan-Sams's office hours