Pan African Studies (B.A.)


The global market has made us a global society. Understanding all parts of the world, including an in-depth knowledge of different cultures, religions and backgrounds — not just the statistics — gives students an advantage in the working world. Students in the Pan African studies program are learning that if they can engage with all people, they will be a lot more successful in life. You'll be taught to ask critical questions about the social, economic, political and familial contributions Africans have made to Western society and to identify connections among Africans in diverse cultures. Pan African Studies also works well as a double major, complementing a primary area of study in politics, business, education, the sciences or the humanities.


  • Pan African Studies is a new degree program offered at Clemson, although it has been a minor for several years.
  • Pan African Studies allows our students to adapt their major to fit individual interests, whether hip-hop or some other facet of black culture.
  • This major prepares students to work in the fastest growing economy in the world Africa.
  • Our affiliated faculty come from every college across the University and pride themselves on the quality of their teaching and research.


As a Clemson Pan African Studies major, you will receive an opportunity to shape your study to fit whichever of our three concentrations you desire. To receive a thorough grounding in the liberal arts and sciences, you will choose classes in literature, theater, music and foreign language, in addition to the social and natural sciences. In these classes, you will spend your time exploring topics such as religion, culture, history and education. This interdisciplinary curriculum, combining course work in African and African-American studies, is supplemented by numerous practical work experiences and opportunities.

Writing will be central to your studies, and in your senior year you will take a capstone course in which you produce a major research project.

Emphasis Areas

  • America
  • Africa
  • Latin America



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