Pan-African Studies - B.A.

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Pan-African Studies
Oscar Ritchie Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2300
dpas@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/pas


Description

The Bachelor of Arts degree Pan-African Studies covers a broad spectrum of the Pan-African experience, which allows students to investigate African connections and influences among and with other ethnic groups in the United States and other parts of the Americas and the world.

The Pan-African Studies major comprises the following concentrations:

  • The Community Activism, Strategy and Development concentration focuses on both historical and contemporary efforts to effect change in communities of color. It examines ways in which diasporic communities and individuals have coordinated political and social strategies for survival and development in spite of racism and socio-economic challenges. The concentration prepares students to work in areas such as education, law, public service, social work, research, business, grant-writing and community organizing and development. It also provides a good foundation for those interested in graduate studies.
  • The Global and Government Systems concentration focuses on historical and contemporary culture and politics of people of African descent in Africa and throughout the world. 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, research, public health, international studies, political science, justice studies, foreign service and business.
  • The Race, Sex and Gender concentration focuses on the intersection of race, sex and/or gender primarily, though not exclusively, from the perspective of people of color. It examines issues of identity for both the individual and community. This concentration prepares students to work in areas such as education, advocacy, social work, counseling, multicultural programming and student support services; it is also a good foundation for graduate study.
  • The Arts in Culture and Society concentration 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 some emphasis on popular as well as non-literary cultural expressions. This concentration provides insights into the challenges black communities face as well as their creativity. Career opportunities include such areas as the arts, museums, writing, multicultural programming and administration and theatre work. This concentration also provides a good foundation for those interested in continuing to graduate school in ethnic studies, art, education, comparative literature and global and world studies.

Study abroad opportunities exist at the University of Ghana, University of Cape Coast, and the West African Research Center in Senegal.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to

  1. Understand at the advanced level of the core historical experiences in Africa and/or the African Diaspora.
  2. Interact with surrounding communities and be informed and engaged global citizens.
  3. Relate current social issues facing the Pan-African world to global historical events.
  4. Read, analyze and critically articulate the contemporary socio-economic, political and cultural issues facing people of African descent.
 
 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
PAS 23001BLACK EXPERIENCE I: BEGINNINGS TO 1865 (DIVG) (KHUM) 3
PAS 23002BLACK EXPERIENCE II: 1865 TO PRESENT (DIVD) (KHUM) 3
PAS 37000ORAL AND WRITTEN DISCOURSES IN PAN-AFRICAN STUDIES (WIC) 13
PAS 37001THEORETICAL APPROACHES TO PAN-AFRICAN STUDIES 3
PAS 37010RESEARCH METHODS IN PAN-AFRICAN STUDIES (ELR) 3
PAS 47091SENIOR SEMINAR IN PAN-AFRICAN STUDIES (WIC) 13
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language 214-16
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (must be from fine arts category)3
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Additional6
College General Requirements (must be from Kent Core Basic Sciences) 33
College General Requirements (must be from Kent Core Social Sciences) 5 43
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 42 upper-division credit hours)36
Concentrations
Choose from the following:15
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

2

Students are recommended to satisfy their college language requirement with the study of an African language, such as Kiswahili. These courses fulfill the General College Requirement.

3

One additional course taken from the Kent Core Basic Sciences courses in the following College of Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Biological Sciences (BSCI), Chemistry (CHEM), Geography (GEOG), Geology (GEOL) or Physics (PHY). The course may not be from the student's major.

4

One additional course taken from the Kent Core Social Sciences courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Applied Conflict Management (CACM), Geography (GEOG), Criminology and Justice Studies (CRIM), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PSYC) or Sociology (SOC). The course may not be from the student's major.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000
  •  Minimum 9 credit hours taken for any of the concentration must be upper-division (30000 or 40000 level).

Foreign Language College Requirement

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 14-16 credit hours of foreign language.1

To complete the requirement, students have the equivalent of Elementary I and II in any language, plus one of the following options:

  1. Intermediate I and II of the same language 2
  2. Elementary I and II of a second language
  3. Any combination of two courses from the following list:
1

All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses.This may be accomplished by (1) passing a course beyond Elementary I through Intermediate II level; (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP); or (3) being designated a "native speaker" of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional information). When students complete the requirement with fewer than 14 credit hours and four courses, they will complete remaining credit hours with general electives.

2

Certain majors, concentrations and minors may require specific languages, limit the languages from which a student may choose or require coursework through Intermediate II. Students who plan to pursue graduate study may need particular language coursework.

Community Activism, Strategy and Development Concentration Requirments

[AS-BA-PAS-CASD]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
Concentraton Electives, choose from the following:15
NONPROFIT FUNDRAISING AND GRANTWRITING
RECOVERING THE PAST: KENT TO MEMPHIS (ELR)
THE LEGACY OF SLAVERY
NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE
LATINOS, THE AFRICAN DIASPORA AND AMERICAN SOCIETY (DIVD)
AFRICAN AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN PHILOSOPHIES (DIVD)
AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES (DIVD)
THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY (DIVD)
BLACK SOCIAL AND POLITICAL THOUGHT
PRACTICUM IN AFRICAN AMERICAN AFFAIRS (ELR) 1
PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS
URBAN POLITICS AND POLICY
SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
WEALTH, POVERTY AND POWER
Minimum Total Credit Hours:15
1

Maximum 6 credit hours of PAS 41192 may be applied toward the concentration. 

Global and Government Systems Concentration Requirments

[AS-BA-PAS-GGSY]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
Concentration Electives, choose from the following:15
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS
GEOGRAPHY OF AFRICA (DIVG)
HISTORY OF AFRICA, 1880-PRESENT
AFRO-LATIN AMERICA
ANCIENT AFRICAN CIVILIZATIONS
INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN WORLD VIEW (DIVG)
THE CARIBBEAN: QUEST FOR NATIONHOOD
ISLAMIC WEST AFRICA
BLACK SOCIAL AND POLITICAL THOUGHT
AFRICAN SOCIAL AND POLITICAL SYSTEMS
THE MODEL AFRICAN UNION (ELR)
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THEORY
POLITICS OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMY
COLUMBUS PROGRAM IN STATE ISSUES (ELR) 1
WASHINGTON PROGRAM IN NATIONAL ISSUES (ELR)
Minimum Total Credit Hours:15
1

Maximum 6 credit hours of POL 40980 or POL 40981 may be applied toward the concentration. 

Race, Sex and Gender Concentration Requirments

[AS-BA-PAS-RSGR]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
Concentration Electives, choose from the following:15
LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES (DIVD)
BLACK IMAGES
THE BLACK WOMAN:HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES (DIVD)
THE BLACK MAN: HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES
GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN AFRICA AND THE AFRICAN DIASPORA
PAN-AFRICAN WOMEN'S LITERATURE (DIVG)
AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN'S LITERATURE
DEVELOPMENT OF GENDER ROLE AND IDENTITY (DIVD)
SOCIOLOGY OF SEXUALITIES (DIVD)
INEQUALITY IN SOCIETIES (DIVD)
RACE AND ETHNIC STUDIES (DIVD)
FEMINIST THEORY
Minimum Total Credit Hours:15

The Arts in Culture and Society Concentration Requirments

[AS-BA-PAS-TACS]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
Concentration Electives, choose from the following:15
AFRICAN MUSIC AND CULTURES
HISTORY OF JAZZ (DIVD)
BLACK IMAGES
BLACK HOLLYWOOD
CREATIVE WRITING IN THE BLACK WORLD
AFRICAN AMERICAN VISUAL ARTISTS
INTRODUCTION TO THE AFRICAN ARTS
JAZZ IMAGINES AFRICA
PRACTICUM IN AFRICAN THEATRE ARTS (ELR)
AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE TO 1900
MODERN AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE
AFRICAN LITERATURES (DIVG)
PAN-AFRICAN WOMEN'S LITERATURE (DIVG)
AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN'S LITERATURE
SPECIAL TOPICS IN PAN-AFRICAN LITERATURE, ARTS AND CULTURES
THE ART OF ACTING
THEATRE IN A MULTICULTURAL AMERICA (DIVD)
Minimum Total Credit Hours:15

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
PAS 23001 BLACK EXPERIENCE I: BEGINNINGS TO 1865 (DIVG) (KHUM) 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Two
PAS 23002 BLACK EXPERIENCE II: 1865 TO PRESENT (DIVD) (KHUM) 3
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
Concentration Elective 3
Foreign Language 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
Concentration Elective 3
Foreign Language 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
!PAS 37001 THEORETICAL APPROACHES TO PAN-AFRICAN STUDIES 3
Concentration Elective 3
College General Requirement 3
College General Requirement 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
!PAS 37000 ORAL AND WRITTEN DISCOURSES IN PAN-AFRICAN STUDIES (WIC) 3
Concentration Electives 6
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
!PAS 37010 RESEARCH METHODS IN PAN-AFRICAN STUDIES (ELR) 3
General Electives 12
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
!PAS 47091 SENIOR SEMINAR IN PAN-AFRICAN STUDIES (WIC) 3
General Electives 12
 Credit Hours15
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120