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Major (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts in Pan-African Studies consists of three concentrations: Disapora Studies, Arts, Literature and Culture and Pan-African Studies.

Diaspora Studies, within the Bachelor of Arts in Pan-African Studies, focuses on the history, culture and politics of people of African descent in Africa, the United States, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Using an interdisciplinary and comparative approach, this concentration prepares students to function in a diverse, global and multicultural environment, working in areas such as education, law, public service, social work, research, foreign service, business and community development.

Arts, Literature and Culture, within the Bachelor of Arts in Pan-African Studies, focuses on the study of people of African descent in Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and the Middle East through the study of literature, arts and culture. With a strong emphasis on popular as well as non-literary cultural expressions, this concentration provides insights into the challenges black communities face while encouraging the study of less commonly taught languages such as Kiswahili. This program also provides a good foundation for those interested in continuing to graduate school in ethnic studies, public health, international studies, political science, justice studies, comparative literature and global and world studies.

Pan-African Studies focuses on African descendants’ global, cultural and historical experiences. It examines ways in which continental African and African diasporic communities and individuals have developed political, creative and coordinated strategies for survival and development in spite of racism, socio-economic challenges and colonialism. In addition to preparing students to work in areas such as education, international affairs, law, public service, social work, research, foreign service, business and community development, this program provides a good foundation for those interested in graduate studies.

Program Requirements

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity and writing-intensive requirements.

I.   DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE  (1 credit)
Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II.   MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (21 credits)  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
  PAS 23001 The Black Experience I
3
    23002 The Black Experience II
3
    35100

35200
Black Social and Political Thought (3)
or
African Social and Political Systems (3)
3
WIC   37000 Oral and Written Discourses in Pan-African Studies* 3
    37010 Research Methods in Pan-African Studies 3
WIC   47091 Senior Seminar in Pan-African Studies* 3
  Choose from the following:
3
  PAS 22200 Introduction to African Arts (3)
    33200 Ancient African Civilizations (3)  
  PAS 34000 Introduction to African World View (3)  
III.  ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (81 credits)  
Type Course Title Credits
  Foreign Language** 14-16
  Kent Core Additional (must be from two categories) 6
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 6-7
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)
9
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 6
  College General Requirements (must be from Kent Core Basic Sciences) 3
  College General Requirements (must be from Kent Core Social Sciences) 3
  General Elective (minimum 9 upper-division credit hours)
Credits required depends on meeting minimum 121 credit hours and minimum 42 upper-division credit hours
25
IV.   CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (18 credits) 
  Diaspora Studies (18)
  Arts, Literature and Culture (18)
  Pan-African Studies (18)
MINIMUM TOTAL 
121

*A minimum C (2.0) grade must be earned in either PAS 37000 or PAS 47091 to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

**Pan-African Studies majors are recommended to satisfy their college language requirement with the study of an African language, such as Kiswahili. These courses fulfill a General College Requirement.
 

Concentrations

Diaspora Studies Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2011-2012 Roadmap.

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (18 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  Concentration Elective (upper-division) 6-9
  Choose from the following: Diaspora Studies elective 9-12
  PAS 23310 Native American Culture (3)  
    24407 Caribbean Studies I (3)  
    33110 The Black Woman: Historical Perspectives (3)  
    33120 The The Black Man: Historical Perspectives (3)  
    33171 The African-American Community (3)  
    33508 Caribbean Social and Political Direction (3)  
    33310 Latinos, the African Diaspora and American Society (3)  
    37143 The African-Brazilian Experience in Culture and Literature (3)  
    43395 Special Topics in African Diaspora Studies (3)  
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 
18

 

Arts, Literature and Culture Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2011-2012 Roadmap.

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (18 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  Concentration Elective (upper-division) 6-9
  Choose from the following: Arts, Literature and Culture elective 9-12
  PAS 22000 Creative Writing in the Black World (3)  
    22101 African American Visual Artists (3)  
    22200 Introduction to African Arts (3)  
    31092 Practicum in African Theatre Arts (3)  
    32050 African Literatures (3)  
    37100 Pan-African Women's Literature (3)  
    42095 Special Topics in the Literature of Pan-African (3)  
  Choose from the following: Music elective 0-3
  MUS 42111 African Music and Cultures (3)  
    42161 History of Jazz (3)  
  PAS 24500 Jazz Imagines Africa (3)  
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 
18

 

Pan-African Studies Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2011-2012 Roadmap.

 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (18 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  PAS PAS Elective (upper division) 12-15
  NON-PAS Elective (lower or upper division) 3-6
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 
18