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The Bachelor of Arts in Pan African Studies combines the interdisciplinary study of the African Diaspora, with an emphasis on the contributions African descendants have made to contemporary Western society.  Majors are taught to ask critical questions about the social, economic, political, and familial contributions Africans have made to Western society and to identify connections between Africans in diverse cultures.  The interdisciplinary curriculum combines coursework in African and African American studies is supplemented by numerous practical work experiences and opportunities. The overall curriculum is 120 hours and includes general education requirements, core courses for the major, foreign language requirements, minor and electives across the four academic years.  

 The program of study includes courses stipulated in the curriculum map below.  The major consists of 33 credit hours.  All students take an 18 hour core of required courses (Group I) which includes an introductory class, Introduction of Pan African Studies (PSA 3010); the Atlantic World (PAS 1010); African American History, 1492-1877 (HIST 3110); African American History, 1977-present (HIST 3120); a theories and methods course selected from PAS 4710, 4100 or 4000; and a capstone senior seminar (PAS 4980).  

In addition to the core courses, students must select six credit hours from courses that focus entirely on race and ethnicity (Group II); six credit hours from courses that involve a substantial focus on racial issues (Group III); and three credit hours in approved race and ethnicity courses from the humanities or social sciences (Group IV).

Group I:  (18cr): PAS 3010; PAS 1010; HIST 3010; HIST 3120; PAS 4710, PAS 4100 or PAS 4000; and PAS 4980

Group II:  (6 cr) select from: GEOG 3300, HIST 3370, 3380,3390,4380

Group III: (6 cr) select from: ENGL 4820, 4830, PO SC 3810, SOC 4600, or THEA 3170

Group IV (3 cr) select from:  list of approved humanities and social science courses at the 3000 – 4000 level 

Curriculum Map

Freshman Year

First Semester

3 - ENGL 1030 Accelerated Composition

4 - Foreign Language Requirement (1)

4 - Natural Science with Lab Requirement (2)

3 - Social Science Requirement (2)

14

 Second Semester

3 - PAS 3010 Introduction to Pan African Studies

3 - Oral Communication Requirement (2)

4 - Foreign Language Requirement (1)

3 - Natural Science Requirement (2)

3 - PAS 1010 The Atlantic World

16

Sophomore Year

First Semester

3 - HIST 3110 

3 - Arts and Humanities (Non-Lit.) Requirement (2)

3 - Foreign Language Requirement (1)

3 - Mathematics Requirement (2)

3 - Social Science Requirement (2)

15

Second Semester

3 - Major Requirement (Group II)

3 - PAS 4100 or 4710 or 4000

3 - Arts and Humanities (Literature) Requirement (2)

3 - Foreign Language Requirement (1)

3 - HIST 3120

15

Junior Year

First Semester

3 - THEA 3170

3 - Major Requirement (Group III)

3 - Major Requirement (Group IV)

3 - Minor Requirement

3 - Elective

15

Second Semester

3 - HIST 3380 or 3390

3 - Major Requirement (Group II)

6 - Minor Requirement

3 - Elective

15

Senior Year

First Semester

3- HIST 3380 or 3390

3 - Minor Requirement

3 - Major Requirement (Group III)

6 - Elective

15

Second Semester

3 - PAS 4980

3 - Minor Requirement

9 - Elective

15

120 Total Semester Hours

1 The foreign language requirement is a proficiency requirement. Students must complete through 202 in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish.

2 See General Education Requirements. Three of these credit hours must also satisfy the Science and Technology in Society Requirement.