Pan African Studies Program


Dr. Sheldon WriceSheldon B. Wrice, Ed.D., Director, Pan African Studies Certificate Program

Welcome to the Pan African Studies certificate webpage!  We are so glad you decided to visit our site and explore our program. The University of Akron's Pan African Studies program prides itself on creating an interdisciplinary, experiential learning atmosphere.

Our department is located in the College of Arts and Sciences, Room 115E (In the Advising Office Suites on the first floor). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us

Our vision

The Pan African Studies program is grounded in the University of Akron's vision of enriching lives by promoting the  unification, uplifting, and education of peoples within and outside the African Diaspora.


Create social history makers and culture changers through an established environment of common knowledge and language as it relates to Afro-centric philosophy and worldview.


  • Engage students in a historical quest for knowledge of Afro-centric philosophy and worldview.
  • Provide analytical tools that aid understanding of an Afro-centric perspective.
  • Expand student vocabulary that embraces meaningful dialogue around historical facts, current issues, and future problems and solutions that plague the African and African American community.
  • Provide an interdisciplinary approach that employs the skills and interest that students have across disciplines.
  • Assist students in seeing "African American history as "alive, relevant, and  usable".
  • Encourage students to become history makers by mastering historical facts, understanding current issues,  predicting future problems, and projecting achievable solutions to bring about social justice, equality, and communal sustainability.


The University of Akron's Pan African studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding Afro-centric philosophy and world views.  This approach encompasses analyzing African and African-American history from a social, psychological and cultural context. This approach provides students with a framework to compare and contrast the experiences of African and African American people past, present, and future and their contributions across academic disciplines and professions. 


Students pursuing the Pan African Studies certificate should:

  • Be fully admitted to the University of Akron as an undergraduate or post-baccalaureate student.
  • Fill out the Pan African Studies Certificate Program Application
  • Turn in completed application to the Dr. Sheldon Wrice, Program Director.
  • Complete a total of 15 credit hours (6 credit hours of required courses and 9 credit hours of elective courses).