Dec 07, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Pan African Studies, BA


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Program Description


The Bachelor of Arts in Pan African Studies combines the interdisciplinary study of African experiences and influence on all the peoples and places they went in the diaspora, with special emphasis on the cultural, economic, and social contributions African descendants have made to contemporary society. Majors learn to ask critical questions about the social, economic, political, and familial contributions Africans have made to Western society and to identify the connections between Africans in diverse cultures. An interdisciplinary curriculum that combines coursework in African and African American studies is supplemented by numerous practical work experiences and opportunities.

The major provides a strong foundation for students interested in advanced degrees in the humanities or social sciences and for students pursuing careers in law, business, government, non-profit organizations, social work, and work related to improving the lives of economically and socially disadvantaged people locally, nationally, and internationally. Students develop strong oral and written communication skills, gain exposure to different cultures, and learn the skills they need to navigate ethnically diverse environments. The program is designed to work well as a double major for students in the humanities, social sciences, education, engineering, and business fields.

The program of study includes the courses stipulated in the curriculum below. The major consists of 33 credits. All students take an 18 credit core of required courses that consists of an introductory class, Introduction to Pan African Studies (PAS 3010 ) or Africa and the Atlantic World (PAS 1010 ); African American History to 1877 (HIST 3110 ); African American History 1877-Present (HIST 3120 ); an African history course (HIST 3380  or HIST 3390 ); a research methods course (PAS 4000  or PAS 4100 ); and the capstone senior seminar (PAS 4980 ). In addition to this core, students select 15 credits from the Major Requirement list, which includes courses with a significant focus on race and/or ethnicity.

Program Requirements


Freshman Year


First Semester


Credit Hours: 14

Second Semester


Credit Hours: 16

Sophomore Year


First Semester


Credit Hours: 15

Second Semester


Credit Hours: 15

Junior Year


First Semester


Credit Hours: 15

Second Semester


Credit Hours: 15

Senior Year


First Semester


Credit Hours: 15

Second Semester


  • Elective 15 Credits
Credit Hours: 15

Total Credits: 120


Footnotes


1 Students must complete through 2020 in a modern language. See Modern Languages Requirement  at Clemson University statement.

2 See General Education Requirements .

3 A total of 15 credits selected from ED 4050 , ENGL 2160 , ENGL 3530 , ENGL 3540 , ENGL 4190 , ENGL 4820 , ENGL 4830 , GEOG 3300 , GEOL 3750 , HIST 3370 , HIST 4930 , PAS 4300 , PAS 4680 , PAS 4710 , POSC 3810 , POSC 4590 , POSC 4660 , POSC 4780 , REL 3090 , REL 3100 , REL 3110 , REL 3150 , RS 3010 , SOC 3310 , SOC 3600 , SOC 4600 , THEA 3170 , THEA 3180  

4 If the Science and Technology in Society Requirement and/or the Cross-Cultural Awareness Requirement is satisfied by another course in the curriculum, students should use elective credits in order to meet the total number of credits required for the major.

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