Pan-African Studies (BA)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts in Pan-African Studies (PAS BA)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Pan-African Studies

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

Program Information

The Department of Pan-African Studies has developed a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree. This provides an opportunity for structured undergraduate study in the multi-disciplinary field of Pan-African Studies. Students also have the choice of earning a minor in Pan-African Studies as well.

PAS majors have career options quite similar to those of students with baccalaureate degrees in the humanities and social sciences and a PAS minor often enhances the employability of students who major in other fields.

Increasingly, PAS majors are also finding career opportunities specific to the discipline itself. Such opportunities are most common in social, cultural and educational agencies/organizations, and in business and international affairs initiatives that concern people of color. Other PAS graduates choose to pursue graduate degrees. 

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements22
Program/Major Requirements 168
Minimum Total Hours121

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

Departmental Admission Requirements

There are no specific admission requirements for this degree plan. 

The Application for Major form can be found on the Arts & Sciences Advising Center website: louisville.edu/artsandsciences/advising/apply.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education Requirement:
Introduction to Pan-African Studies - D1, SB

*All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
Foreign Language 112
Electives in Humanities or Natural Sciences 29
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 3
Minimum Total Hours22

Program/Major Requirements

Department of Pan-African Studies
Pan-African Studies Core
PAS 200Introduction to Pan-African Studies - D1, SB 43
Pan-African Studies: additional course at the 200 level3
PAS 408Research Methods in Pan-African Studies - WR 53
PAS 409Pan-African Studies Capstone Seminar - CUE3
PAS 500Cooperative Internship in Pan-African Studies3
or PAS 586 Field Research
Any 500 level Pan-African Studies course approved by the advisor3
Pan-African Studies Subfields (see lists of approved courses below)
Cultural Studies 66
Historical Studies 76
Social Studies 86
Supporting Courses
Electives in Social Sciences or Humanites 915
Minimum Electives 1017
Minimum Total Hours68
Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Pan-African Studies Capstone Seminar - CUE

Only 40 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Science degree.

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above.


Pan-African Studies Subfields

Cultural Studies

(courses can only be used in one area)

PAS 210Introduction to Pan-African Literature - AH, D23
PAS 214African-American Music - AH, D13
PAS 217Introduction to Indigenous Religions of Africa, the Americas and the Pacific Basin3
PAS 218Survey of American Jazz - AH, D13
PAS 219Survey of Brazilian Music3
PAS 247Language, Protest and Identity - D1, SB3
PAS 272Reggae Music & the Politics of Black Liberation - AH, D23
PAS 273The Rhythm and Blues Revolution and American Culture - AH, D13
PAS 300Humanities Special Topics in Pan-African Studies3
PAS 308Contemporary Trends in African-American Art - WR3
PAS 310African-American Art I: From West Africa to 1920s3
PAS 311African-American Art History II: From the 1920s to Present3
PAS 315Theatre of the African World - AH, D23
PAS 317African-American Religion - AH, D13
PAS 330Women in African-American Religion3
PAS 340African-American Literature - AH, D13
PAS 341Black Film and Literature - AH, D13
PAS 342Black Women Novelists - AH, D2, WR3
PAS 346African Languages in the Diaspora - D1, SB3
PAS 348Aesthetic in the Africana Community3
PAS 349African Americans and Islam3
PAS 350African-American Women in Theatre - AH, D1, WR3
PAS 351Survey of African Religion and Culture3
PAS 353Acting the Black Experience - AH, D13
PAS 355Cultural Diversity in Performance - AH, D13
PAS 356History of the African-American Theatre - AH, D1, WR3
PAS 363Civil Rights and the Law II3
PAS 367Black Dramatic Literature - AH, D13
PAS 369Music and the Black Arts Movement3
PAS 370Hip-Hop Culture and Its Impact3
PAS 371Music of the Global Black Revolt3
PAS 372Black Music and Identity in the 1960s3
PAS 378The African-American Experience3
PAS 381African Art: A Survey3
PAS 390Independent Study3
PAS 499PAS Senior Honors Theses - CUE, WR3
PAS 509Advanced Contemporary Trends in African-American Art3
PAS 510Advanced Topics in Afro-American and African Studies3
PAS 516African-American Philosophy3
PAS 521Religions of the African Diaspora3
PAS 530The Life and Times of Malcolm X3
PAS 546African Languages in the Diaspora3
PAS 547Language, Race, Class and Gender3
PAS 550African Popular Culture3
PAS 551Studies in African-American Literature3
PAS 557African Philosophy3
PAS 567Post-Colonial Voices: Writing "Experience" in African Literature - WR3
PAS 575Genre Studies in African-American Literature3
PAS 577The Harlem Renaissance3
PAS 578The Music of the Black Church3
PAS 581Pan-African Art: Form and Content3

Historical Studies

(courses can only be used in one area)

PAS 207Introduction to Philosophy through Cultural Diversity - AH, D23
PAS 227Survey of American Diversity3
PAS 305Legal Lynchings: A Survey of Race, Law, and the American Justice System3
PAS 319African-American History I - D1, SBH3
PAS 320African-American History II - D1, SBH3
PAS 322The History of the Civil Rights Movement, 1900 to Present3
PAS 329Slave Trade and Slavery3
PAS 335Survey of African-American Education - D1, SB3
PAS 360African Diaspora in the Caribbean and Latin America3
PAS 374The Black Power Movement3
PAS 385Women in Africa: Historical and Literary Perspective3
PAS 390Independent Study3
PAS 393African History Before 1800 - D2, SBH3
PAS 394African History Since 1800 - D2, SBH3
PAS 395Contemporary Africa3
PAS 396History of the Caribbean3
PAS 412The Underground Railroad and American Memory3
PAS 499PAS Senior Honors Theses - CUE, WR3
PAS 513U.S. Social Justice Movements3
PAS 514History of Pan-African Social Thought3
PAS 526Black Heritage Preservation3
PAS 529Teacher Institute on African-American Issues3
PAS 530The Life and Times of Malcolm X3
PAS 531Survey of African-American History and Culture for Teachers3
PAS 532Slave Trade and Slavery in the African World3
PAS 533The History and Popular Culture of the African Diaspora3
PAS 535History of African Americans in Kentucky3
PAS 539Public History in African Diaspora3
PAS 545Southern Women: Black and White3
PAS 548Black Museums and Cultural Heritage3
PAS 549African Americans in Louisville, Kentucky3
PAS 590Studies in African History - WR3

Social Studies

(courses can only be used in one area)

PAS 200Introduction to Pan-African Studies - D1, SB3
PAS 204Introduction to African Studies3
PAS 205Race, Color and Consciousness - D1, SB3
PAS 206Introduction to Caribbean Studies - D2, SB3
PAS 301Social Sciences Special Topics in Pan-African Studies3
PAS 305Legal Lynchings: A Survey of Race, Law, and the American Justice System3
PAS 310African-American Art I: From West Africa to 1920s3
PAS 312African Americans in American Media3
PAS 313Urban Ritual Violence3
PAS 314Black Psychology3
PAS 318African-American Cultural Traditions3
PAS 319African-American History I - D1, SBH3
PAS 320African-American History II - D1, SBH3
PAS 322The History of the Civil Rights Movement, 1900 to Present3
PAS 324Politics, Political Violence and Black Resistance3
PAS 325Politics of Black Male Identity in Post-Modern America3
PAS 326Black Political Thought: Africa to Afrocentricity3
PAS 327Politics of the Black Community - D1, SB3
PAS 329Slave Trade and Slavery3
PAS 331Color Complex of Black Women3
PAS 332African-American Women - WR3
PAS 333Black Student Experience: Issues with Persistence & Inclusion in PWIs - D1, SB3
PAS 335Survey of African-American Education - D1, SB3
PAS 338Race and Economics3
PAS 344Black Lesbian Lives3
PAS 345Museums, Culture and Nationhood3
PAS 361Folklore of the African Diaspora3
PAS 362Civil Rights and the Law I3
PAS 363Civil Rights and the Law II3
PAS 364Racism and Sexism - D1, SB3
PAS 366Inequality and Health: The Black Experience3
PAS 368Race, Culture, Identity3
PAS 383Cultures of Africa - D2, SB3
PAS 384Disease, Ecology and Environmental Management in Africa - WR3
PAS 386Africa: Environment and Resources3
PAS 390Independent Study3
PAS 392Faces of Global Poverty - WR3
PAS 407Theoretical Perspectives in African-American and Diaspora Studies3
PAS 408Research Methods in Pan-African Studies - WR3
PAS 409Pan-African Studies Capstone Seminar - CUE3
PAS 410Black Feminism in Action3
PAS 412The Underground Railroad and American Memory3
PAS 499PAS Senior Honors Theses - CUE, WR3
PAS 505The Black Atlantic3
PAS 513U.S. Social Justice Movements3
PAS 514History of Pan-African Social Thought3
PAS 520The Black Family - WR3
PAS 526Black Heritage Preservation3
PAS 529Teacher Institute on African-American Issues3
PAS 531Survey of African-American History and Culture for Teachers3
PAS 532Slave Trade and Slavery in the African World3
PAS 540Pedagogy of African Studies3
PAS 541Cultural Heritage,Tourism, and Globalization3
PAS 542Black Women's Voices - WR3
PAS 545Southern Women: Black and White3
PAS 566Race and Gender in Psychological Research3
PAS 590Studies in African History - WR3

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
Foreign Language 1 4
PAS 200 Introduction to Pan-African Studies - D1, SB 3
 Hours14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
Foreign Language 2 4
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Year 2
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 4
Foreign Language 3 4
PAS Elective (200 level) 3
 Hours17
Spring
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
Social Science Course 3
PAS Social Studies Course 3
PAS Historical Studies Course 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
PAS 408 Research Methods in Pan-African Studies - WR 3
PAS Cultural Studies Course 3
Humanities or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
Humanities or Natural Science Elective 3
Humanities or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
PAS 500
Cooperative Internship in Pan-African Studies
or Field Research
3-6
PAS 409 Pan-African Studies Capstone Seminar - CUE 3
PAS Cultural Studies Course 3
 Hours15-18
Year 4
Fall
PAS Historical Studies Course 3
PAS Social Studies Course 3
Social Science or Humanities Elective 3
Social Sciece or Humanities WR Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
PAS Elective (500 level) 3
Social Science or Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours122-125

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