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Pan-African Studies (BS)

This program was approved for students entering the university in the Fall 2008 - Summer 2009 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Major: PAS

Degree: BS

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences

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

General Education

Type Hours
General Education Requirements 34
Total 34

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program. 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.

Arts & Sciences Programmatic Requirements

Type Hours
General 101: A&S Orientation 1
Foreign Language
(completion of the second semester of a single foreign language; hours will vary depending on the language taken)
Electives in Humanities or Natural Sciences at the 300 level or above (in addition to courses counted toward General Education) 6
Total 13-15

WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above
(may be incorporated into other degree requirements)

Department of Pan-African Studies

Pan-African Studies Core Courses
Type Hours
Pan-African Studies 2001 3
Pan-African Studies: additional course at 200 level 3
Pan-African Studies 4082 3
Pan-African Studies 500 or 586 3
Capstone Elective: any Pan-African Studies course at the 500 level or above, approved by the advisor 3
Total 15
Pan-African Studies Subfields
Type Hours
Cultural Studies: Pan-African Studies courses focusing on art, music, literature, philosophy, or religion 6
Historical Studies: Pan-African Studies courses focusing on African American, African, and African Diaspora history 9
Social Studies: Pan-African Studies courses focusing on race, gender, family, health, psycho-social, geography, economics, education, or politics 9
Total 39
Supporting Courses
Type Hours
Electives in the Division of Social Sciences, other than Pan-African Studies 12
Electives in Humanities or Natural Sciences, of which 6 hours must be at the 300 level or above 18
Total  30 
Minimum Electives 3-5


Type Hours
Minimum Total 121

Only 60 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.

1Fulfills General Education requirement.

2 Fulfills WR requirement.

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