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Africana Studies (formerly Pan African Studies)

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College of Social and Behavioral Science




B.A., African-American Studies

Option I: African-American Social Sciences

Option II: African-American Arts and Literature

Option III: African and African-American Cultural Studies

Option IV: African-American Urban Education

Minor in Pan African Studies

Department Programs

The Pan African Studies Major and Minor consist of course sequences and concentrations within an interdisciplinary curriculum (including History, Political Science, Literature, Culture, Psychology, Sociology, Religion and others) that provide students with intellectual training in understanding and analyzing both the broad range of the African-American experience in the U.S. and issues of the African diaspora. The Department encompasses university-trained social scientists and humanists from the major academic disciplines.

The Major

The Pan African Studies (PAS) Major is a multidisciplinary academic major (45 units) designed for students who wish to gain an understanding of the history, psychology, sociology, literature, culture and education of African-Americans and other Africans in the diaspora and the continent. The 4 specific Options within the major enable students to concentrate their efforts on certain aspects of this broad subject. These Options are intended to enhance students’ preparation for both graduate school and employment. By carefully selecting Title 5 and General Education courses in consultation with a PAS advisor, students majoring in PAS also have the opportunity to complete a second major. For example, a double major in PAS and Urban Studies and Planning can be completed with the selection of Option I (below) plus the Core course requirements in Urban Studies and Planning. Consult an advisor for other possible combinations within the major.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Degree

Through the PAS Department, and in conjunction with several other disciplines and Departments on campus, students can earn an Interdisciplinary Master’s Degree. See a PAS advisor for details.

Credential Information

Pan African Studies majors interested in teaching social studies at the middle-school or high-school level may combine their Major Program with the Single Subject Social Science Subject Matter Program in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) to meet requirements for entering a Single Subject Credential Program. For more information on the CSBS Single Subject Social Science Subject Matter Program, look under Social and Behavioral Sciences in the Catalog.


After graduating, Pan African Studies majors attend law school or graduate schools in various fields. Many become teachers, social workers, entreprenuers or work in government. Typical immediate employment options for a graduated PAS major include the probation department, editorial work at publishing enterprises, community development program directors or assistants, bank tellers and/or managerial trainees, retail sales positions, K-12 teaching, teaching assistant and research assistant positions in graduate school, and more. For additional information regarding PAS-related career options, consult the PAS Department.

Academic Advisement

Students are required to regularly meet with the Department’s designated advisors as well as attend mandatory advisement workshops in the Fall and Spring semesters. Undergraduate Advisors are Cedric Hackett, David L. Horne and Johnie H. Scott. Contact the Department for an appointment.

Graduate Courses

The PAS Department does not currently have a stand-alone Master’s Program. However, the University does offer a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies that allows students to receive graduate training in 2 or 3 disciplines. Graduate courses will be regularly offered. The following courses are approved graduate courses of the PAS Department: PAS 590A-Z, 595A-Z, 600, 601 and 602A-C.