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Pan-African Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #501 (ARWU) Kent, OH, United States
The Bachelor of Arts degree Pan-African Studies offered at the Kent State University covers a broad spectrum of the Pan-African experience, which allows students to investigate African connections and influences among and with other ethnic groups in the United States and other parts of the Americas and the world.
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The Pan-African Studies major comprises the following concentrations:

  • The Community Activism, Strategy and Development concentration focuses on both historical and contemporary efforts to effect change in communities of color. It examines ways in which diasporic communities and individuals have coordinated political and social strategies for survival and development in spite of racism and socio-economic challenges. The concentration prepares students to work in areas such as education, law, public service, social work, research, business, grant-writing and community organizing and development. It also provides a good foundation for those interested in graduate studies.
  • The Global and Government Systems concentration focuses on historical and contemporary culture and politics of people of African descent in Africa and throughout the world. Using an interdisciplinary and comparative approach, this concentration prepares students to function in a diverse, global and multicultural environment, working in areas such as education, law, research, public health, international studies, political science, justice studies, foreign service and business.
  • The Race, Sex and Gender concentration focuses on the intersection of race, sex and/or gender primarily, though not exclusively, from the perspective of people of color. It examines issues of identity for both the individual and community. This concentration prepares students to work in areas such as education, advocacy, social work, counseling, multicultural programming and student support services; it is also a good foundation for graduate study.
  • The Arts in Culture and Society concentration focuses on the study of people of African descent in Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and the Middle East through the study of literature, arts and culture, with some emphasis on popular as well as non-literary cultural expressions.

Program Learning Outcomes


Graduates of this Pan-African Studies program offered at the Kent State University will be able to

  • Understand at the advanced level of the core historical experiences in Africa and/or the African Diaspora.
  • Interact with surrounding communities and be informed and engaged global citizens.
  • Relate current social issues facing the Pan-African world to global historical events.
  • Read, analyze and critically articulate the contemporary socio-economic, political and cultural issues facing people of African descent.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Recovering the Past: Kent to Memphis 
  • Legacy of Slavery 
  • Native American Culture 
  • Latinos, the African Diaspora and American Society 
  • The Black Revolution 
  • Black Social and Political Thought 
  • African and African-American Philosophies 
  • The African American Family in Historical Perspectives 
  • The African-American Community 
  • Practicum in Community Development 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends
  • . The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20463 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20463 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    20463 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20463 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11587 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11587 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Kent

  • 1036 - 1710 USD/month
    Living Costs

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