Pan-African Studies (MA)

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Admission Requirements

The Pan-African Studies Graduate Studies Committee only considers applications for the Fall semester. The deadline for applications is January 15.

Students applying for admission to the Master of Arts in Pan-African Studies program must meet the following standards:

  • Completion of Online Graduate Application
  • Minimum 3.00 undergraduate cumulative grade point average
  • Submission of an official transcript reflecting previous degree earned
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE); successful students usually have a minimum combined score of 300
  • Submission of a personal statement
  • Submission of a current CV
  • Writing Sample
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Program Requirements

Core Courses15
Pan-African Research
Theories And Issues in Pan-African Studies
Three PAS courses for graduate credit distributed as follows:
Historical Studies (3 credit hours)
Cultural Studies (3 credit hours)
Social Studies (3 credit hours)
Emphasis Area12
Select an area of emphasis:
African American Studies
PAS courses for graduate credit focusing on African Americans distributed as follows:
Historical Studies (3 credit hours)
Cultural Studies (3 credit hours)
Social Studies (3 credit hours)
Any PAS area focusing on African Americans (3 credit hours)
OR
African and Diaspora Studies
PAS courses for graduate credit focusing on Africa and/or the Diaspora, distributed as follows:
Historical Studies (3 credit hours)
Cultural Studies (3 credit hours)
Social Studies (3 credit hours)
Any PAS area focusing on Africa and/or the Diaspora (3 credit hours)
Thesis
PAS 604Thesis3
Elective
Elective in Related Field (with advisor's approval)3
Minimum Total Hours33

A student may be approved to transfer up to six (6) credit hours from another university or the University of Louisville graduate program or up to nine (9) credit hours from the University of Louisville Pan-African Studies graduate certificate program. Courses must be graded B or higher, cross-listed with PAS, and taken at graduate level.