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Pan-African Studies - B.A. Program Requirements

  • African Diaspora Concentration
  • Pan-African Literature Concentration
  • Pan-African Studies Concentration
  • Theoretical and Applied Research Concentration

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 13001 Foundations in Pan-African Studies 3
13002 Foundations in Pan-African Studies II
3
22200

34000 Introduction to African Arts (3)
or
Introduction to African World View (3) 3
35100

35200 African American Social, Political and Economic Systems (3)
or
African Social, Political and Economic Systems (3) 3
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
III.  ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (56-63 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) 9-10
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) 9
IV.   CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (43 credits) 
African Diaspora Studies (43)
Pan-African Literature, Arts and Culture (43)
Pan-African Studies (36-43)
Theoretical and Applied Research (36-43)
MINIMUM TOTAL 
121
*A minimum C (2.0) grade must be earned 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.

African Diaspora Studies Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2010-2011 Roadmap.

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (24 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
Concentration Elective (upper-division) 12
Choose from the following: African Diaspora Studies elective 9-12
PAS 24407 Caribbean Studies I (3)  
33110 The Black Woman: Historical Perspectives (3)  
33120 The African-American Man in Contemporary Society (3)  
33171 The African-American Community (3)  
33508 Caribbean Social and Political Direction (3)  
37143 the African-Brazilian Experience in Culture and Literature (3)  
43395 Special Topics: African Diaspora Studies (3)  
Choose from the following: Latin American elective 0-3
HIST 31140 Modern Latin America (3)  
31141 Early Latin America (3)  
MCLS 28404 The Latin American Experience (3)  
PORT 37421 Luso-Brazilian Civilization (3)  
II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (19 credits)  
Type Course Title Credits
General Elective (minimum 9 upper-division credit hours) 19
TOTAL 
43

Pan-African Literature, Arts and Culture Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2010-2011 Roadmap.

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (24 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
Concentration Elective (upper-division) 12
Choose from the following: Pan-African Literature, arts and culture elective 9-12
PAS 22000 African World Creative Writing(3)  
22101 African American Visual Artists (3)  
22200 Introduction to African Arts (3)  
22201 Expressivily in African Arts (3)  
31092 Practicum in African Theatre Arts (3)  
32010 The Pan-African Essay (3)  
33200 Ancient African Cultures (3)  
42095 Special Topics: Pan-African Literature, Arts and Culture (3)  
Choose from the following: Music elective 0-3
MUS 42111 African Music and Cultures (3)  
42161 History of Jazz (3)  
45231 Jazz Ensemble (3)  
II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (19 credits)  
Type Course Title Credits
General Elective (minimum 9 upper-division credit hours) 19
TOTAL 
43

Pan-African Studies Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2010-2011 Roadmap.

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (24 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
PAS PAS Elective (upper division) 18-21
NON-PAS Elective (lower or upper division) 3-6
II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (19 credits)  
Type Course Title Credits
General Elective (minimum 9 upper-division credit hours) 19
TOTAL 
43

Theoretical and Applied Research Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2010-2011 Roadmap.

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (24 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
Concentration Elective (upper-division) 12
Choose from the following: Theoretical and applied research 9-12
PAS 34000 Introduction to African World View (3)  
37020 Pan-Africanism and the Model African Union (3)  
47010 Theoretical Approaches to Pan-African Studies (3)  
47095 Special Topics: Theoretical and Applied Research (3)  
47150 The Underground Railroad (3)  
Choose from the following: Philosophy/politics elective 0-3
PAS 30010 African and African American Philosophy (3)  
POL 30001 Political Methods (3)  
II. ADDITIONAL CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (19 credits)  
Type Course Title Credits
General Elective (minimum 9 upper-division credit hours) 19
TOTAL 
43

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