The course of study and the requirements for the undergraduate (B.A.) degree in African American Studies provide an opportunity for students (a) who desire to extend their education in the social/behavioral sciences with an emphasis in Pan-African Studies; (b) who wish to prepare themselves for graduate work in African-centered studies, or in a variety of other fields including law, teaching, and the social/behavioral sciences; (c) or who plan to enter one of several professional or occupational fields for which a substantial background in Pan-African Studies is essential or helpful.
The major in PAS requires 45 units of completed coursework within three specific concentration options:
- Option I: African American Social Sciences
- Option II: African American Arts & Literature
- Option III: African and African American Cultural Studies
(which allows a focus on either continental African Studies or African American History)
Each option is designed to prepare students for rigorous graduate study or for employment. Students can also double major in a combination like Pan African Studies and Urban Studies, or they can major in PAS with a Business or other disciplinary major. Contact the PAS office for more information.
In order to graduate with a major in Pan African Studies, you must complete the core requirements (21 units), and complete one of the three options (24 units).