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Master of Arts in Pan-African Studies

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

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

  • African American Studies
  • African and Diaspora Studies

These concentrations areas enable students to focus more intensively on their particular area of interest. Students in either concentration may choose the thesis or examination option.

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
(Thesis Option)

Core Courses: 15 credit hours

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:
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 Historial Studies;
  • Three (3) credit hours in Cultural Studies; and
  • Three (3) credit hours in Social Studies

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: PAS 604 3

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

Minimum Total: 33

 

Master of Arts in Pan-African Studies
(Examination Option)

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.

Electives in Related Fields (with advisor’s approval): 6

Minimum Total: 33

Note: Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination will be required of all students who do not complete a thesis.

 

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