Pan-African Studies (BA)

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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.

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

*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 First Year Experience1
or GEN 101 Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
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 43
Pan-African Studies: additional course at the 200 level3
PAS 408Research Methods in Pan-African Studies 53
PAS 409Pan-African Studies Capstone Seminar 3
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
Minimum Total Hours36
Supporting Courses
Electives in Social Sciences or Humanites 915
Minimum Electives 1017
Minimum Total Hours32
Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Pan-African Studies Capstone Seminar

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 3
PAS 214African-American Music 3
PAS 217Introduction to Indigenous Religions of Africa, the Americas and the Pacific Basin3
PAS 218Survey of American Jazz 3
PAS 219Survey of Brazilian Music3
PAS 247Language, Protest and Identity 3
PAS 272Reggae Music & the Politics of Black Liberation 3
PAS 273The Rhythm and Blues Revolution and American Culture 3
PAS 300Humanities Special Topics in Pan-African Studies3
PAS 308Contemporary Trends in African-American Art 3
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 3
PAS 317African-American Religion 3
PAS 330Women in African-American Religion3
PAS 340African-American Literature 3
PAS 341Black Film and Literature 3
PAS 342Black Women Novelists 3
PAS 346African Languages in the Diaspora3
PAS 348Aesthetic in the Africana Community3
PAS 349African Americans and Islam3
PAS 350African-American Women in Theatre 3
PAS 351Survey of African Religion and Culture3
PAS 353Acting the Black Experience 3
PAS 355Cultural Diversity in Performance 3
PAS 356History of the African-American Theatre 3
PAS 363Civil Rights and the Law II3
PAS 367Black Dramatic Literature 3
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 499Pan-African Studies Senior Honors Thesis 3
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 3
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 3
PAS 227Survey of American Diversity 3
PAS 305Legal Lynchings: A Survey of Race, Law, and the American Justice System3
PAS 319African-American History I 3
PAS 320African-American History II 3
PAS 322The History of the Civil Rights Movement, 1900 to Present3
PAS 329Slave Trade and Slavery3
PAS 335Survey of African-American Education 3
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 3
PAS 394African History Since 1800 3
PAS 395Contemporary Africa3
PAS 396History of the Caribbean3
PAS 412The Underground Railroad and American Memory3
PAS 499Pan-African Studies Senior Honors Thesis 3
PAS 513U.S. Social Justice Movements of the 20th Century3
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 3

Social Studies
(courses can only be used in one area)

PAS 200Introduction to Pan-African Studies 3
PAS 204Introduction to African Studies 3
PAS 205Race, Color and Consciousness 3
PAS 206Introduction to Caribbean Studies 3
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 3
PAS 320African-American History II 3
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 3
PAS 329Slave Trade and Slavery3
PAS 331Color Complex of Black Women3
PAS 332African-American Women 3
PAS 333Black Student Experience: Issues with Persistence & Inclusion in PWIs 3
PAS 335Survey of African-American Education 3
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 3
PAS 366Inequality and Health: The Black Experience3
PAS 368Race, Culture, Identity3
PAS 383Cultures of Africa 3
PAS 384Disease, Ecology and Environmental Management in Africa 3
PAS 386Africa: Environment and Resources3
PAS 390Independent Study3
PAS 392Faces of Global Poverty 3
PAS 407Theoretical Perspectives in African-American and Diaspora Studies3
PAS 408Research Methods in Pan-African Studies 3
PAS 409Pan-African Studies Capstone Seminar 3
PAS 410Black Feminism in Action3
PAS 412The Underground Railroad and American Memory3
PAS 499Pan-African Studies Senior Honors Thesis 3
PAS 505The Black Atlantic3
PAS 513U.S. Social Justice Movements of the 20th Century3
PAS 514History of Pan-African Social Thought3
PAS 520The Black Family 3
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 3
PAS 545Southern Women: Black and White3
PAS 566Race and Gender in Psychological Research3
PAS 590Studies in African History 3
1

Completion of the intermediate level of a single foreign language

2

In addition to courses counted toward General Education; 6 hours must be at 300 level or above

3

May be incorporated into other degree requirements

4

Fulfills General Education requirement.

5

Fulfills WR requirement.

6

Pan-African Studies courses focusing on art, music, literature, philosophy or religion

7

Pan-African Studies courses focusing on African American, African and African Diaspora history

8

Pan-African Studies courses focusing on race, gender, family, health, psycho-social, geography, economics, education, or politics

9

Other than Department of Pan-African Studies, of which 6 hours must be a the 300 level or above

10

Students who satisfy General Education Requirements by courses defined by the program will require additional electives to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
Foreign Language 1 4
PAS 200 Introduction to Pan-African Studies 3
 Hours14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing 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 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 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 Science 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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