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Pan-African Studies

What if you could...

What if you could study with founding director Lillie Edwards, a recent winner of the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Drew...

Pan-African Studies works
to understand Africa and
the African diaspora


Expect the unexpected
Visiting lecturer Lily Golden—daughter of an African-American Tuskegee grad and activist and a Polish-American mother—shared what it was like to grow up black in the Soviet Union.

Careers Made easy

Open door

This is a field of many, amazing untold stories—vital contributions to human experience and human achievement ready to be researched, understood and shared. It’s a golden opportunity for historians and cultural analysts to do really important, original work.

Graduates apply their degree to a wide variety of fields, guided by their passions. This is helped by both the close collaboration with other departments, and the customization of study encouraged at Drew.

So many of our majors have gone on to success in scholarship, activism, public policy and the arts. The rigor of our program prepares them for leadership in many areas.

Successful Alumni

  • Ph.D. candidate, educational policy
    Michigan State University
  • Business owner, project manager
    Green construction
  • Actress, singer
    Off-Broadway, national touring companies

Learn more about when you graduate


Getting an assist
from classmates
Working in a vacuum

My Favorite Course

“I got a chance to travel to South Africa. I wrote a paper, comparing the Creoles in New Orleans in the 19th century, seen as important and having their own culture, to the South African colored population, who were not seen that way.”

Khemani Gibson on History of Race and Politics in South Africa

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