Center for African Studies
Reviving and expanding the vision of an earlier Institute of African Affairs, the Center for African Studies at Duquesne University is the key academic unit charged with assisting the University in realizing its academic goals regarding sub-Saharan Africa. Through its engagement with members of the University's academic and co-curricular community who have experience and interests in Africa and the African diaspora, the Center will participate in shaping a shared strategic vision in the University's engagement with Africa.
Gerald M. Boodoo, Ph.D.
Director, Center for African Studies.
The Center for African Studies promotes Duquesne University's constructive engagement with Africa through teaching, scholarship and service. It strives to create and encourage opportunities to experience the many rich African traditions and cultures from interdisciplinary and multicultural perspectives.
- To create and promote interdisciplinary academic programs in African Studies.
- To provide service-learning opportunities for faculty and students with Africa.
- To encourage and support research opportunities in African Studies.
- To engage the university community in critical discussions through invited speakers and other events on issues related to African Studies.
African Studies Minor
Students taking the African Studies minor will be required to take a minimum of 15 credits in African Studies courses that must include the 3 credits interdisciplinary Introduction to African Studies course and a minimum of 3 credits in courses outside of their departmental major. Students completing the minor must have taken courses from at least two different disciplines. This minor will be available to all students at the University and courses for the minor may count towards another minor/major. Courses can qualify as African Studies courses if they have a minimum of 25% African focused content and students can petition the director of the Center to have courses not currently listed as African Studies (e.g. a directed readings course or a course taken while studying in Africa) count toward the minor.