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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 Western society.  Majors are taught to ask critical questions about the social, economic, political, and cultural contributions Africans have made to Western society and to identify connections between Africans in diverse cultures.  The interdisciplinary curriculum combines coursework in Pan African Studies with 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). 

Core Courses:  (18 hours):
PAS 1010 Africa and the Atlantic World or PAS 3010 Introduction to Pan African Studies
HIST 3110 African American History to 1877
HIST 3120 African American History from 1877 to the Present
HIST 3380 or HIST 3390 African History
PAS 4000 or PAS 4100 Research Methods
PAS 4980 Senior Seminar on Pan African Studies

Major Requirement Courses:  (15 hours): Select from list of approved humanities and social science courses: 
ED 4050 Multiculturalism
ENGL 2160 African American Literature
ENGL 3530 American Literatures of Race, Ethnicity, & Migration
ENGL 3540 Literature of the Middle East & North Africa
ENGL 4190 Postcolonial & World Literatures
ENGL 4820 African-American Literature to 1920
ENGL 4830 African-American Literature from 1920 to the Present
GEOG 3300 Geography of the Middle East & North Africa
GEOL 3750 Bahamian Field Study
HIST 3370 History of South Africa
HIST 4930 Studies in Social History
PAS 4300 Hip-Hop & Contemporary Culture
PAS 4680 Comparative Racism & Discrimination in the Atlantic World
PAS 4710 Directed Studies on the Black Experience in Education
POSC 3810 African American Politics
POSC 4590 Nationalism & Ethnic Conflict
POSC 4660 African Politics
POSC 4780 Latin American Politics
REL 3090 Religious History of the American South
REL 3100 History of Religion in the United States
REL 3110 African American Religion
REL 3150 Islam
RS 3010 Rural Sociology
SOC 3310 Urban Sociology
SOC 3600 Social Class & Poverty
SOC 4600 Race & Ethnicity
THEA 3170 African-America Theater I
THEA 3171 African-American Theater II

Curriculum Map

Freshman Year

FALL
ENGL 1030 Accelerated Composition (3)
Foreign Language Requirement1(4)
Natural Science with Lab Requirement 2(4)
Social Science Requirement2(3)
Fall Credits: 14

SPRING
PAS 3010 Introduction to Pan African Studies(3)
PAS 1010 The Atlantic World (3)
Oral Communication Requirement 2(3)
Foreign Language Requirement 1(4)
Natural Science Requirement 2(3)
Spring Credits:
16

Sophomore Year

FALL
HIST 3110 African American History to 1877 (3)
Arts and Humanities (Non-Lit.) Requirement 2 (3)
Foreign Language Requirement 1(3)
Mathematics Requirement2 (3)
Social Sciences Requirement2 (3)
Fall Credits:
15

SPRING
Major Requirement Seminar (3)
PAS 4100/4710/4000 Research Methods, Directed Studies on the Black Experience in Education (3)
Arts and Humanities (Literature) Requirement 2 (3)
Foreign Language Requirement 2(3)
HIST 3120 African American History from 1877 to the Present (3)
Spring Credits:
15

Junior Year

FALL
THEA 3170 African-America Theater I (3)
Major Requirement (3 courses total) (3)
Foreign Language Requirement1 (3)
Elective (3)
Fall Credits:
15

SPRING
HIST 3380 or 3390 African History (3)
Major Requirement (3)
Minor Requirement (2 courses total) (6)
Elective (3)
Spring Credits:
15

Senior Year

FALL
HIST 3380 or 3390 African History (3)
Major Requirement (3)
Minor Requirement (3)
Elective (3)
Fall Credits:
15

SPRING
PAS 4980 Senior Seminar on Pan African Studies (3)
Minor Requirement (3)
Electives (3 courses total) (9)
Spring Credits:
15

 

Total Credits: 120

** 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.
Dr. Alan Schaffer Endowment for Global Black Studies

Established by Frank Schaffer in memory of his brother Dr. Alan Schaffer, as Chair of the Department of History. 

Annual Awards 

  1. The Dr. Alan Schaffer Prize in Global Black Studies. This award will be a monetary award of $350 with a plaque for the “Best Student of Global Black Studies.” 
  1. The Dr. Alan Schaffer Recruiting Award for Global Black Studies. This award will provide a monetary award of $100 to the student who has done the most to recruit other students to the Global Black Studies Program at Clemson University. 
  1. The Dr. Alan Schaffer Global Black Studies Scholarship. This monetary stipend of $500 - $1,000 (up to $4,000) will be provided to new Global Black Studies majors. The amount of the award will vary according to the number of applicants who fulfill the scholarship criteria. This scholarship is designed to encourage the pursuit of Global Black Studies as a major at Clemson University.