Pan-African Studies - B.A.
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.
The Pan-African Studies program prepares students to work effectively in a number of employment areas. Some examples are teaching, business, public administration/urban studies, broadcasting, the arts, law nutrition, social work, journalism, medicine, architecture and creative writing. Besides preparing students for employment, the major provides a foundation for graduate students in African and African-American Studies. When coupled with another major or minor (such as history, political science, business, nursing, fashion merchandising), a major in Pan-African studies also supports advanced training in social sciences, humanities and professions such as psychology, criminal justice and nursing, that require sensitivity training or skills relative to interracial or intercultural understanding and conflict management.
General Admissions for New Freshman: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.
General Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for transfer students.
Minimum 121 total credit hours and 42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.00 GPA overall and 2.00 GPA in major required for graduation.
STUDY ABROAD/AWAY OPPORTUNITIES: University of Ghana, University of Cape Coast, West African Research Center Senegal
There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.
Black United Students (BUS); College Summit; Harambee; Kent African Student Association; KSU National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Focus on the Future, Advocates of Cultural and Knowledge