Courses

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PAS 10101 Elementary Kiswahili I (4)
This course is an introduction to Kiswahili in which students will learn the essentials of speaking, reading and writing the most extensively used language in East Africa. Prerequisite: none.

PAS 10102 Elementary Kiswahili II (4)
Continuation of PAS 10101, aimed at advancing students’ knowledge and communication skills in Kiswahili by introducing Kiswahili literature—short narratives, proverbs and folktales. Prerequisite: PAS 10101.

PAS 15200 Introduction to West African Cultures (3)
An interdisciplinary approach, drawing on history, literature and social anthropology and providing students with a basic familiarity with the social, cultural and physical characteristics of West Africa. Its purpose is a general understanding of West Africa through a comparative study of two specific locations, southeastern (forest zone) Nigeria and northern (savannah-sahel) Senegal. The course also explores the diverse African heritage in religion by examining philosophical concepts that appear to be common to all African peoples. Prerequisite: none.

PAS 20101 Kiswahili III (3)
Continuation of Kiswahili II, aimed at developing knowledge, competence and recognition of Kiswahili usage in all forms of Kiswahili literature. Prerequisite: PAS 10102.

PAS 20102 Kiswahili IV (3)
Continuation of Kiswahili III, aimed at developing knowledge, competence and recognition of Kiswahili usage in all forms of Kiswahili literature. Prerequisite: PAS 20101.

PAS 20200 Recovering the Past: Kent to Memphis (3)
Examines relevance of John Brown, Frederick Loudin and Fisk Jubilee Singers, and Ida B. Wells' anti-lynching campaign today. Students travel to local Brown and Loudin sites, Harper's Ferry and Memphis. Prerequisite: none.

PAS 20300 Black Images (3)
Examines the historical origins of racial images and anti-black perceptions through newspapers, magazines, songs, plays, literature, textbooks, radio, television, films, comic books, etc. and the role of these images in American culture past and present. Prerequisite: none.

PAS 22000 Creative Writing in the Black World (3)
Explores the major aesthetic and cultural issues that have historically shaped creative writing in the black world and begins by exploring the African Griot tradition. Students learn about the African-American tradition in literature as an organic part of the larger Pan-African world. Students are expected to write, perform, critique and produce original works in the modes and performance styles of the global African world. Prerequisite: ENG 11011 or HONR 10197.

PAS 22101 African-American Visual Artists (3)
An Afrocentric survey of visual and aural artistry, course examines cultural context and perspectives, mediums of expression, form, style, content and patronage of African-American artists from 1800. Prerequisite: none.

PAS 22200 Introduction to the African Arts (3)
Investigation of function of creative forms of artistic expression particular to experiences of Pan-African community at home and abroad. Prerequisite: none.

PAS 23001 Black Experience I: Beginnings to 1865 (3)
Study and analysis of the African experience prior to, and following, the arrival of Africans in the New World. Emphasis on North America, South America, Africa and Caribbean. Prerequisite: none. This course may be used to satisfy the Kent Core and diversity requirements.

PAS 23002 Black Experience II: 1865 to Present (3)
The second of two parts, this course covers the period 1865 to present and is a continuation of PAS 23001. Prerequisite: none. This course may be used to satisfy the Kent Core and diversity requirements.

PAS 23310 Native American Culture (3)
Introduces American Indian culture, sovereignty and civil rights. Ensures an understanding of self-determination in the context of the colonization and decolonization process, through the use of American Indian literature, philosophy, politics and other cultural outlets. Being that we all live in a broader community, students also examine historical and contemporary relationships with the African American community and other ethnic communities in the US. Prerequisite: none.

PAS 24000 Black Short Story (3)
Reading and analysis of short stories by important African, Caribbean and African-American writers, as well as an introduction to important themes in Black Literature. Prerequisite: ENG 11011 or HONR 10197.

PAS 24407 Caribbean Studies (3)
Focus on people of African descent in the West Indies, their way of life and the cultural contributions made to Pan-African communities. Prerequisite: none. This course may be used to satisfy the diversity requirement.

PAS 23500 The Afrocentric Perspective (3)
Introduces the history, philosophy and language of Afrocentricity, a mode of thought and action in which the centrality of African interests, values and perspectives predominate. Prerequisite: none.

PAS 24500 Jazz Imagines Africa (3)
Students learn how to listen to jazz by exploring cultural and musical elements and gain an understanding of raw musical materials from West Africa, how they arrived in the western hemisphere through the "cultural memory" of Africans in bondage, and how those elements blended with materials from European music to inspire the development of jazz. Students also explore Caribbean "bush reggae," a precursor to what became reggae, which contains some of the same root elements as jazz. Prerequisite: none.

PAS 25200 East African-Kiswahili Cultures (3)
Students learn about the relationship between the Kiswahili language and the cultures of East African peoples, especially those in Malawi, Mozambique, Zaire, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This includes geographical, historical and sociological perspectives and an analysis of common cultural elements (music, literature, proverbs). Prerequisite: none.

PAS 26000 The Legacy of Slavery (3)
Examines the legacy of slavery through literature about the Reconstruction and Jim Crow periods; the writings of Douglass, Washington, DuBois and Garvey; the impact of slavery on modern African American culture; and an investigation of the reparations issue. Prerequisite: none.

PAS 26010 The Black Revolution (3)
Under the umbrella of Afrocentrism, this course examines black revolutionary thought in the U.S. from historical, political, sociological and philosophical perspectives; beginning with the advent of the slave trade, it emphasizes the tools, dynamics and strategies used to ensure the success of the black revolution, which is depicted as still ongoing today and having many implications and ramifications for the future. Prerequisite: none.

PAS 30010 African and African-American Philosophies (3)
(Cross-listed with PHIL 31070) Exploration of philosophical issues in African and African-American thought systems including examination of traditional and emerging approaches to developing conceptions of African and African-American philosophies. Prerequisite: none. This course may be used to satisfy the diversity requirement.

PAS 31092 Practicum in African Theatre Arts (3-6)
(Repeatable for a maximum of 12 hours) Exposes students to fundamental techniques of stage through auditory, visual and physical participation. Students are evaluated in performance and related theatre activities. Prerequisite: special approval. Special fee: $25/credit hour—subject to change.

PAS 32001 African-American Literature to 1900 (3)
(Cross-listed with ENG 33010) Study of African-American literature from its beginning to 1900, including such writers as Wheatley, J. Hammon, Terry, B. Hammon, Jones, Marrant, Allen, Hall, Walker, Truth, Garnet, Douglass, Delany, Harper, Stewart, Turner, Jacobs, Keckley, Brown, Wilson, Griggs, Chesnutt and Dunbar. Prerequisite: ENG 21011 or HONR 10297.

PAS 32002 Modern African-American Literature (3)
(Cross-listed with ENG 33012) Study of African-American literature from the early twentieth century to the present. The authors include Toomer, Hughes, Larsen, Wright, Baldwin, Hansberry, Jones, Lorde, Walker, Morrison, Mosley, Youngblood and Carter. Prerequisite: ENG 21011 or HONR 10297.

PAS 32050 African Literatures (3)
(Cross-listed with ENG 33015) Examines works of major 20th-century African, African American and Caribbean writers and intellectuals. Authors include Niane, Achebe, Emecheta, Prince, Hurston, Hughes, Cesaire, Senghor, Soyinka and many others. Prerequisite: ENG 11011 or HONR 10197.

PAS 33100 African-American Family in Historical Perspectives (3)
Examines social, political, cultural and historical factors which have influenced the development of African-American family organization from African shores through the American experience. Prerequisite: none. This course may be used to satisfy the diversity requirement.

PAS 33101 African American History: Slavery to Freedom (3)
(Cross-listed with HIST 31080). Survey of African American history from the colonial period to 1877. Course provides a general knowledge of the social, political and cultural history of African Americans from colonial times to the end of the Reconstruction. Prerequisite: none.

PAS 33102 African American History: Reconstruction to the Present (3)
(Cross-listed with HIST 31081). Survey of African American history from 1877 to the present. Course provides a general knowledge of the social, political and cultural history of African Americans from the end of the Reconstruction to the present. Prerequisite: PAS 33101 or HIST 31080.

PAS 33110 The Black Woman: Historical Perspectives (3)
This course surveys the experiences of African-American women throughout various periods of history and their roles in shaping the social, economic, political and cultural development of societies. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. This course may be used to satisfy the diversity requirement.

PAS 33120 The Black Man: Historical Perspectives (3)
Focuses on various roles of the African-American man within the context of the African experience and the African diaspora. Prerequisite: none.

PAS 33130 Gender and Sexuality in Africa and the African Diaspora (3)
Using lectures, videos, discussions, readings and application this course explores ways in which gender and sexuality in Africa and the African Diaspora have and can be constructed, performed, articulated and researched. Attention is also paid to the existence of LGBTQ identities within the global black community. Prerequisite: none.

PAS 33171 The African-American Community (3)
Explores problems of African-American communities: public administration, transportation, health, public finance, crime and justice, geography/Black demography and education. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. This course may be used to satisfy the diversity requirement.

PAS 33200 Ancient African Civilizations (3)
Examines the history of ancient African civilizations and their contributions to world history. Prerequisite: none.

PAS 33203 Kiswahili Conversation (3)
A conversation course specifically designed to enhance oral proficiency through further practice in conversation and written Kiswahili as well as discussion of culture-based texts. Prerequisite: PAS 10102.

PAS 33310 Latinos, the African Diaspora and American Society (3)
Introduction to Latino minorities. Focus on Mexican-Americans, Puerto Ricans and Cubans, and African influences on Latino culture. Prerequisite: none. This course may be used to satisfy the diversity requirement.

PAS 33508 Caribbean Social and Political Directions (3)
Twentieth-century West Indian social and political development. Emphasis on federation, independence and nationalism in the Caribbean community as a sector of the total Pan-African community. Prerequisite: PAS 24407.

PAS 34000 Introduction to African World View (3)
Investigates traditional African cosmological world views and aesthetics in global Africa. Prerequisite: PAS 23001 and 23002. This course may be used to satisfy the diversity requirement.

PAS 34100 Islamic West Africa (3)
Familiarizes students with the cultural and historical specificities of Islamic communities in West Africa. Beginning with the introduction of Islam into West Africa in the eighth century, this course takes a multi-disciplinary point of view and covers contemporary political issues as well as historical topics. Students are provided the analytical tools and documentation to understand contemporary religious issues in West Africa and the diversity in expression of thought and practice of Islamic West Africa. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

PAS 35100 Black Social and Political Thought (3)
Study of the history and nature of social and political thought of African Americans including an overview of various movements and individuals, as well as their strategies and tactics, in the struggle for social change in the U.S. as it relates to black people. Prerequisite: junior standing.

PAS 35200 African Social and Political Systems(3)
An African-centered focus on traditional African institutions as these interact with the Jihad Movements, Western European incursion, the slave trade, colonialism, independence movements and contemporary issues. Prerequisite: junior standing.

PAS 37000 Oral and Written Discourses in Pan-African Studies (3)
Examines the spoken and written English of African-Americans with some emphasis on mastering consensus English writing skills required in upper-division PAS courses. Prerequisite: ENG 21011. This course may be used to satisfy the writing-intensive course requirement with approval of major department.

PAS 37100 Pan-African Women's Literature (3)
(Cross-listed with ENG 33013) Introduces students to literary works by African and Caribbean women. Prerequisite: ENG 11011 or HONR 10197.

PAS 37010 Research Methods in Pan-African Studies (3)
This course will expose students to the basic components of research methods in Pan-African studies utilizing multidisciplinary approaches. Prerequisite: PAS 37000.

PAS 37020 The Model African Union (3)
Students examine role, structure and performance of the African Union in the search for solutions to key economic, social and political-security issues facing Africa. Students attend the annual meeting of the Model African Union Conference in Washington D.C., which is a simulation of proceedings of the African Union, augmented by briefings at African Embassies. Participants gain an understanding of the various determinants, capabilities and constraints shaping the domestic and foreign policies of African countries. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

PAS 37143 The African-Brazilian Experience in Culture and Literature (3)
(Cross-listed with HIST 31143 and MCLS 37143) Interdisciplinary approach to the study of the African-Brazilian experience, from the colonial period to the present, as reflected in selected literary, sociocultural and historical texts. Course taught in English. Prerequisite: junior standing. This course may be used to satisfy the diversity requirement.

PAS 37200 African-American Women's Literature (3)
(Cross-listed with ENG 33014) Introduces students to literary works by African-American women. Prerequisite: ENG 11011 or HONR 10197.

PAS 40080 Pedagogy for Pan-African Studies (3)
This course introduces both the data and methodology for understanding and presenting Africa, its geography, history, peoples, cultures and ideologies to elementary and secondary students. Prerequisite: PAS 40120.

PAS 40120 Contemporary Issues in African-American Education (3)
This course examines the interrelationship of contemporary issues and the education of people of African descent. Prerequisite: PAS 13002 or 23002.

PAS 41192 Practicum in African-American Affairs   (1-12)
(Repeatable for a total of 12 hours) Guided involvements in urban areas with large African-American populations to provide experience with community service, government agencies, public and private schools, self-help organizations, etc. IP grade permissible. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.

PAS 42095 Special Topics in the Literature of Pan-Africa (3)
Selected topics in orature, drama, poetry, prose, novel, and criticism in various African world experiences and settings. This course may be repeated up to 12 hours when topics varies. Prerequisites: none.

PAS 42500 Black Education in America (3)
(Repeatable for a maximum of 6 hours) Analyzes the historical, social and political perspectives of educating people of African descent in America. Prerequisite: PAS 23002.

PAS 43095 Special Topics in Pan-African Literature, Arts and Cultures (3)
Broadens upper-division offerings in holistic study and performance in Pan-African literatures, arts and cultures. Prerequisites: none.

PAS 43200 Malcolm and Martin (3)
A critical study of the major ideas and doctrines, including religious and theological beliefs, of Malcolm X and Martin L. King and their roles in American history. Prerequisite: junior standing.

PAS 43300 Afro-Latin America (3)
(Cross-listed with HIST 42142). Focuses on the social, cultural and political life of the African population of Latin America, from 19th century slaves to shantytown dwellers of megacities such as Rio de Janiero. Topics include black resistance to racism, race mixture in multiculutral societies, and how employment, political participation and family organization empowered the lives of Afro-Latin women. Prerequisite: junior standing.

PAS 43320 Politics of Culture (3)
This course will address the way in which culture has been politicized. It will look at issues such as cultural relativism and objectivity in anthropological studies with reference to specific peoples and geographic areas. Prerequisite: none. This course may be used to satisfy the writing-intensive course requirement with approval of major department.

PAS 43395 Special Topics in African Diaspora Studies (3)
Study of selected topics related to people of African descent outside of the African continent including, but not limited to, the Americas and Europe. This course may be repeated up to 12 hours when the topic varies. Prerequisites: none.

PAS 44095 Special Topics in Contemporary Africa (3)
(Repeatable for a total of 12 credit hours when topic varies) Study of selected topics related to contemporary Africa. Prerequisite: none.

PAS 45095 Special Topics in Pedagogy in Pan-African Studies (3-12)
Study of selected topics in issues, approaches and styles in the education of people of African descent in African and Western settings. This course may be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisite: none.

PAS 47010 Theoretical Approaches to Pan-African Studies (3)
A critical analysis of the diverse approaches and underlying principles of Pan-African Studies. Prerequisite: senior standing.

PAS 47091 Senior Seminar in Pan-African Studies (3)
Students develop individual topical PAS research papers for presentation before departmental faculty, students and general public. IP grade permissible. Prerequisite: Pan-African studies (PAS) major and junior or senior standing. This course may be used to satisfy the writing-intensive course requirement with approval of major department.

PAS 47095 Special Topics in Theoretical and Applied Research (3)
Selected topics in the intellectual, cultural, political and historical development of Pan-Africanism, its diverse theoretical approaches and multiple applications including the Organization of African Unity. This course may be repeated up to 12 hours when topic varies. Prerequisites: none.

PAS 47150 The Underground Railroad (3)
This course examines the Underground Railroad and its impact as an American phenomenon. Related to the Underground Railroad research project under the Institute of African American Affairs. Prerequisite: PAS 13002 or 23002.

PAS 49093 Variable Title Workshop in PAS (2-6)
S/U graded. Prerequisite: special approval.

PAS 49095 Selected Topics (2 or 3)
Scheduled topic announced. Intended to encourage further study in areas not treated adequately in standard courses. Offered irregularly by available or visiting faculty. IP grade permissible. Prerequisite: none.

PAS 49096 Individual Investigation (1-3)
(Repeatable once for credit) Research in areas of interest not available in departmental courses. Approval by faculty member or chairperson necessary prior to registration. IP grade permissible. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.

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