Master of Arts in Pan-African Studies

An overview of the Master of Arts program in Pan-African Studies.

Master of Arts Admission Qualifications

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

  1. A minimum 3.0 undergraduate cumulative GPA
  2. A GRE score of 900 or above
  3. Official transcript(s) reflecting previous degrees earned
  4. A minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation
  5. A writing sample (well developed term paper or research paper) or personal statement (outlining interests and objectives in Pan-African Studies graduate work and other relevant experiences that would pertain to your graduate career)

 

The Department of Pan-African Studies will consider exceptions to these standards using grades and GRE scores on a sliding scale (i.e. a higher GPA can off-set a lower GRE score, and vice versa) and admission in probationary status may be recommended for promising students with undergraduate grade point averages or GRE scores below the stated minimum.

Program Guidelines

 

Master of Arts in Pan-African Studies

(PAS MA)

Program Description:

The Department of Pan-African Studies Master of Arts program provides an opportunity for structured graduate study in the multi-disciplinary field of Pan-African Studies.  Students will have the option of choosing between two concentrations:

African American Studies

Or

African Diaspora Studies

These broad concentration areas reflect sub-disciplines within the larger field of Pan-African Studies and will enable students to focus more intensively on their particular area (s) of interest.  Students must successfully complete 33 hours of graduate level courses of which 5 must be at the 600 level. Each student  must complete a thesis A thesis is equivalent to 3 credit hours with a Pass (P) or Fail (F) grade.  It consists of a written and an oral component.  Students must pass both in order to receive a Pass grade.

Guidelines for Thesis:

  • Students must select a Chair for their thesis committee at the end of their second semester and by the beginning of their 3rd semester for full time students, or after completing 18 credit hours for part-time students.

 

  • Students must submit a thesis proposal to the Chair and other committee members by the beginning of their 3rd semester or the semester during which they earn 27 credit hours.

 

  • Students should follow the graduate school guidelines and deadlines for thesis submission.

 

 

  • Students must have all their required courses (30 credit hours) completed before they can defend their thesis.

 

  • Students with any incompletes (I), X’s, or F’s on their transcript will not allowed to defend their thesis.

Note: As a general rule, final copies of a thesis must be checked by graduate school and accepted 2 weeks prior to the university’s graduation date.  Thesis committee members should have a copy of the thesis 2 weeks prior to the oral examination. A copy of the thesis must also be submitted to the department’s main office for review by other non-committee faculty members, if they so desire. Realistically this puts the oral defense between early and mid-April.

 

Structure of Program:

Core Courses:15

PAS 601: Graduate Research Methods

PAS 602: Theories and Issues in Pan-African Studies

Nine (9) credit hours of PAS courses for graduate credit distributed as follows:

Three (3) credit hours in Historical Studies,

Three (3) credit hours in Cultural Studies, and

Three (3) credit hours in Social Studies

Concentration Areas

African American Studies:12

Nine (9) credit hours of PAS courses for graduate credit focusing on African Americans distributed as follows:

Three (3) credit hours in Historical Studies,
Three (3) credit hours in Cultural Studies, and
Three (3) credit hours in Social Studies.
Three (3) credit hours in any PAS area focusing on African Americans.

OR

African and Diaspora Studies:12

Nine (9) credit hours of PAS courses for graduate credit focusing on Africa and/or the Diaspora, distributed as follows:

Three (3) credit hours in Historical Studies,
Three (3) credit hours in Cultural Studies, and
Three (3) credit hours in Social Studies.
Three (3) credit hours in any PAS area focusing on Africa and/or the Diaspora.

Thesis (3): PAS 604

Elective (3) in Related Field (with advisor’s approval)

Minimum Total33

Notes:

A Student can transfer Credits (Grade B or higher, cross listed, taken at graduate level). Six credit hours from other university or other UOL graduate program or 09 credit hours from PAS certificate may be approved. Please list below any courses requesting approval:

 

Dual Degree Program Master of Arts in Pan-African Studies & Social Work

(MA PASSW)

Program Description:

Core Courses: 15

PAS 601: Graduate Research Methods

(Substitute for SW 626 Research Methodology and Design – 3 credits)

PAS 602: Theories and Issues in Pan-African Studies - 3 credits*

PAS 615: Seminar on Race and Racism

(Substitute for SW 603 - 3 credits)

Historical Studies (3 credits)
Cultural Studies (3 credits)

Concentration Areas: 12

African American Studies
"Approved PAS Courses" focusing on African Americans distributed as follows:

Historical Studies        (3 credits)

Cultural Studies          (3 credits)

Social Studies             (3 credits)

Three (3) credit hours in any PAS area focusing on African Americans

(Substitute a SW course).

or

African and Diaspora Studies
"Approved PAS Courses" focusing on Africa and/or the Diaspora,

distributed as follows:

Historical Studies        (3 credits)

Cultural Studies          (3 credits)

Social Studies             (3 credits)

Three (3) credit hours in any PAS area focusing on African Americans

(Substitute a SW course).

Electivesin related field (with advisors approval) 3 credit hours

(Substitute a SW course). 3

Thesis:PAS 604 (Substitute SW 668/669, focusing on research related to issues of African Americans) - 6 credits 6

 

Minimum Total from PAS - 21

* indicates required, no substitutions

Kent School of Social Work Component

Year 1

Fall
SW 601 Life Span and Human Development (3)
SW 602 Social Welfare Institutions, Policies and Services (3)
SW 603 Human Diversity (Substitute PAS 615 Seminar on Race and Racism)
SW 604 Social Work Practice I (3)
SW 670 Social Work Practicum (3)

Spring
SW 605 Social Work Practice II (3)
SW 619 Human Transactions in the Social Environment (3)
SW 622 Issues in Policy and Service Delivery (3)
SW 626 Research Methodology and Design (3)
SW 671 Social Work Practicum II (3)

Year 2

Fall
SW 640 Adv Direct Practice I or SW 691 Adv Macro Practice I (3)
SW 668 Advanced Research Practice I (3)
SW 672 Advanced Social Work Practicum I (Determined in collaboration with PAS) - Two day a week placement (3)
Elective (A course from PAS)
Elective (A course from PAS)

Spring
SW 641 Adv Direct Practice II or SW 692 Adv Macro Practice II (3)
SW 669 Advanced Research Practice II (3)
SW 673 Advanced Social Work Practicum II (Determined in collaboration with PAS) - Two day a week placement (3)
Elective (A course from PAS)
Elective (A course from PAS)

Summer

Elective (A course from PAS)
Elective (A course from PAS)

Minimum Total from Kent - 45

*Assuming full-time graduate enrollment (i.e.,nine credit hours per semester),