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College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Pan-African Studies

Oscar Ritchie Hall
Tel: 330-672-2300

The African Studies minor provides a broad familiarity with African history, culture and contemporary problems. Study in this program may be coordinated with relevant language study through Pan-African Studies.


Attribute Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Attribute Course Title Credits Min. Grade
  Choose from the following: 18  
  ANTH 38250 Religion: A Search for Meaning (3)    
DG ANTH 48212 Kinship and Social Organization (3)    
  ARAB 11101 Elementary Arabic I (4)    
  ARAB 11102 Elementary Arabic II (4)    
DG ARTH 22020 Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas (3)    
DG ARTH 42025 Art of West Africa (3)    
DG ARTH 42026 Art of Nigeria (3)    
DG ARTH 42027 Art of Central Africa (3)    
  ECON 42075 International Economic Relations (3)    
  ECON 42076 Economic Development (3)    
  GEOG 31070 Population and Environment (3)    
DG GEOG 37040 Geography of Africa (3)    
  GEOG 41073 Conservation of Natural Resources (3)    
WIC GEOG 44010 Geography of the Global Economy (3)    
  HIST 31130 History of African Civilization (3)    
  HIST 41132 History of Africa, 1880 to Present (3)    
  MCLS 30420 Foreign Languages and Cultural Studies (3)    
  MUS 42111 African Music and Culture (3)    
  PAS 10101 Elementary Kiswahili I (4)    
  PAS 10102 Elementary Kiswahili II (4)    
  PAS 15200 Introduction to West African Cultures (3)    
  PAS 22200 Introduction to the African Arts (3)    
  PAS 25200 East African-Kiswahili Cultures (3)    
DG PAS 32050 African Literatures (3)    
  PAS 33200 Ancient African Civilizations (3)    
DG PAS 34000 Introduction to African World View (3)    
  PAS 34100 Islamic West Africa (3)    
  PAS 35200 African Social and Political Systems (3)    
ELR PAS 37020 The Model African Union (3)    
DG PAS 37100 Pan-African Women's Literature (3)    
  PAS 43395 Special Topics in African Diaspora Studies (3)    
  PAS 44095 Special Topics in Contemporary Africa (3)    
DG POL 30540 African Politics (3)    
  POL 30840 Nongovernmental Organizations (3)    
  POL 40530 Politics of War (3)    
DG POL 40560 Human Rights and Social Justice (3)    

Graduation Requirements:

  • Minimum overall 2.000 GPA.
  • Students must complete at least two upper-division courses in the minor at Kent State on a graded basis (A-F).