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First- and Second-Year Preparation

Students in the African studies concentration should enroll in AAAS 103 and AAAS 105 in the first year and AAAS 305 in the sophomore year. Students in the African-American studies concentration should enroll in AAAS 104 and AAAS 106 in the first year and AAAS 306 in the sophomore year. Students in the Arabic and Islamic Studies concentration should enroll in AAAS 102 in the first year and AAAS 349 in the sophomore year. For the B.A. degree in all concentrations, enrollment in a second language should begin no later than the sophomore year.

For further advising, contact the main office, 9 Bailey Hall, 785-864-3054, afs@ku.edu, or Professor Clarence Lang, celang@ku.edu, 785-864-5569.

Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major

African Studies Concentration

Majors choosing this concentration must complete a course in each of the following areas:

African Language Proficiency (0)
Satisfied by one of the following. Required for BA only.
Intermediate Amharic II
Intermediate Arabic II
Intermediate Haitian II
Intermediate Hausa II
Intermediate KiSwahili II
Intermediate Wolof II
or an approved African-related language
African Studies Core Knowledge & Skills (12)
Majors choosing this option must complete each of the following categories:
Introduction to Africa. Satisfied by the following:
AAAS 103Introduction to Africa3
Introduction to African History. Satisfied by the following:
AAAS 105Introduction to African History3
African Traditional Religion & Thought. Satisfied by the following:
AAAS 300African Traditional Religion and Thought3
Modern African History. Satisfied by the following:
AAAS 305Modern Africa3
African Studies Required Electives (15)
Select five of the following at the 300+ level:15
Haiti: Culture and Identity
Contemporary Haiti
Peoples and Cultures of North Africa and the Middle East
African Studies In: _____
Introduction to African Literature
Introduction to Caribbean Literature
Introduction to African Dance Theatre
Introduction to Southern African Literature
Introduction to African Literature, Honors
Women in Contemporary African Literature
Popular Culture in Africa: Spiritual Thrills, Romance and Sexualities
Islam
Physical Geography of Africa
Africa's Human Geographies
African Theatre and Drama
Introduction to the Languages of Africa
Religion, Power, and Sexuality in Arab Societies
West African Art
Readings in: _____
Women and Islam
Postcolonial Theatre and Drama
Francophone African Literature
Islamic Literature
African Women Writers
Muslim Women's Autobiography
Arab Thought and Identity
Popular Culture in the Muslim World
Topics and Problems in African and African-American Studies
Language and Society in Africa
Regional History: _____
Directed Language Study: _____
Directed Language Study: _____
Directed Language Study I: _____
Directed Language Study II: _____
African and Western Cosmologies
African Studies in: _____
African and African-American Religion:_____
Popular Culture in Africa
Studies in Islam
The History of Islam in Africa
Language and Culture in Arabic-Speaking Communities
Unveiling the Veil
Environmental Issues in Africa
Classical Islamic Literature
Geography of African Development
Contemporary Health Issues in Africa
African Film
Race, Gender, and Post-Colonial Discourses
Liberation in Southern Africa
Gender, Culture, and Migration
Slavery in the New World
Central African Art
The Rise and Fall of Apartheid
Sexuality and Gender in African History
Politics in Africa
Sufism
Gender in Islam and Society
The Anthropology of Islam
Gender and Politics in Africa
West African Art
African Design
African Expressive Culture: _____
Introduction to Modern Africa
Capstone Experience (6)
Major's capstone experience must relate to the student's elective emphasis and be so certified by the advisor.
AAAS 550Senior Seminar in: _____3
AAAS 496Field Experience3
or AAAS 690 Investigation and Conference

African and African-American Studies Major – African Studies Concentration Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours

Satisfied by 33 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence

Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major.

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Hours

Satisfied by a minimum of 27 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Graduation GPA

Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

African-American Studies Concentration

African-American Studies Core Knowledge & Skills (18)
AAAS 104Introduction to African-American Studies3
AAAS 106The Black Experience in the Americas3
AAAS 300African Traditional Religion and Thought3
AAAS 306The Black Experience in the U.S. Since Emancipation3
AAAS 550Senior Seminar in: _____ 13
AAAS 496Field Experience 13
or AAAS 690 Investigation and Conference
African-American Studies Required Electives (15)
Select five of the following at the 300+ level:15
African American Women: Colonial Era to the Present
African-American Studies In: _____
Black Leadership
The Black Woman
Readings in: _____
Women and Islam
Intercultural Communication: The Afro-American
The Afro-American Family: A Psychological Approach
Arab Thought and Identity
Topics and Problems in African and African-American Studies
Regional History: _____
Directed Language Study: _____
Directed Language Study: _____
Directed Language Study I: _____
Directed Language Study II: _____
Global Ethnic and Racial Relations
The Civil Rights Movement
African and Western Cosmologies
African and African-American Religion:_____
African-American Studies in: _____
Social History of Black Aging in America
The Rhetoric of Black Americans
Black American Literature
Race and the American Theatre
History of the Black Power Movement
The Life and Intellectual Thought of W.E.B. Du Bois
Sufism
 
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AAAS 496, AAAS 550, and AAAS 690 may not be taken until AAAS 300, AAAS 305, and AAAS 306 (as appropriate) have been passed, subject to other stipulations in the catalog.

B.A. majors with a Haitian emphasis also must take 16 hours of an African language.

African and African-American Studies Major – African-American Studies Concentration Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours

Satisfied by 33 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence

Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major.

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Hours

Satisfied by a minimum of 27 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Graduation GPA

Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

African and African-American Studies Concentration

African and African-American Studies Core Knowledge & Skills (21)
AAAS 103Introduction to Africa3
or AAAS 105 Introduction to African History
AAAS 106The Black Experience in the Americas3
AAAS 300African Traditional Religion and Thought3
AAAS 305Modern Africa3
AAAS 306The Black Experience in the U.S. Since Emancipation3
AAAS 550Senior Seminar in: _____3
AAAS 496Field Experience3
or AAAS 690 Investigation and Conference
African and African-American Studies Required Electives (18)
Select five of the following at the 300+ level:15
Contemporary Haiti
Peoples and Cultures of North Africa and the Middle East
African American Women: Colonial Era to the Present
AAAS 301Haiti: Culture and Identity3
African Studies In: _____
African-American Studies In: _____
Black Leadership
Introduction to African Literature
Introduction to Caribbean Literature
Introduction to African Dance Theatre
Introduction to Southern African Literature
Introduction to African Literature, Honors
Women in Contemporary African Literature
Popular Culture in Africa: Spiritual Thrills, Romance and Sexualities
Islam
Physical Geography of Africa
Africa's Human Geographies
African Theatre and Drama
Introduction to the Languages of Africa
Religion, Power, and Sexuality in Arab Societies
West African Art
The Black Woman
Readings in: _____
Women and Islam
Intercultural Communication: The Afro-American
Postcolonial Theatre and Drama
Francophone African Literature
Islamic Literature
African Women Writers
Muslim Women's Autobiography
The Afro-American Family: A Psychological Approach
Arab Thought and Identity
Popular Culture in the Muslim World
Topics and Problems in African and African-American Studies
Language and Society in Africa
Regional History: _____
Directed Language Study: _____
Directed Language Study: _____
Directed Language Study I: _____
Directed Language Study II: _____
Global Ethnic and Racial Relations
The Civil Rights Movement
African and Western Cosmologies
African Studies in: _____
African and African-American Religion:_____
African-American Studies in: _____
Social History of Black Aging in America
Popular Culture in Africa
Studies in Islam
The Rhetoric of Black Americans
The History of Islam in Africa
Language and Culture in Arabic-Speaking Communities
Unveiling the Veil
Environmental Issues in Africa
Classical Islamic Literature
Geography of African Development
Contemporary Health Issues in Africa
African Film
Race, Gender, and Post-Colonial Discourses
Liberation in Southern Africa
Gender, Culture, and Migration
Slavery in the New World
Central African Art
Black American Literature
Race and the American Theatre
The Rise and Fall of Apartheid
Sexuality and Gender in African History
Politics in Africa
History of the Black Power Movement
The Life and Intellectual Thought of W.E.B. Du Bois
Sufism
Gender in Islam and Society
Gender and Politics in Africa
The Anthropology of Islam
West African Art
African Design
African Expressive Culture: _____
Introduction to Modern Africa

African and African-American Studies Major – African and African-American Studies Concentration Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours

Satisfied by 39 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence

Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major.

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Hours

Satisfied by a minimum of 30 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Graduation GPA

Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Arabic and Islamic Studies Concentration

AAAS 102Arabic and Islamic Studies3
AAAS 349/REL 350Islam3
AAAS 433Islamic Literature3
AAAS 543Language and Culture in Arabic-Speaking Communities3
AAAS 550Senior Seminar in: _____3
AAAS 496Field Experience3
or AAAS 690 Investigation and Conference
Select five courses numbered above 300, including, but not limited to the following:15
African Studies In: _____
Peoples and Cultures of North Africa and the Middle East
Religion, Power, and Sexuality in Arab Societies
Women and Islam
Francophone African Literature
Muslim Women's Autobiography
Arab Thought and Identity
Popular Culture in the Muslim World
Directed Language Study I: _____
Directed Language Study II: _____
The History of Islam in Africa
Unveiling the Veil
Classical Islamic Literature
Sufism
Gender in Islam and Society
The Anthropology of Islam

B.A. majors in this concentration also must take 16 hours of an African language (Amharic, Arabic, Hausa, Kiswahili, or Wolof).

Fields of Emphasis

In each concentration, at least 3 elective courses and AAAS 496 and AAAS 690 must relate to the student’s emphasis and be so certified by the advisor. Examples are arts and culture; language and linguistics; social, political and economic development; women; Africa and the Diaspora, Caribbean and Haitian studies. The department keeps a list of fields and courses appropriate to them.

Note: Consult the major advisor during pre-enrollment advising each semester. Prospective majors should consult the department as early as possible. The department may require a student to take and pass a preparatory course not already taken before enrolling for a given elective. The department has guidelines for substitutions at all levels, pre-major and major. Each substitution must be approved.

African and African-American Studies Major – Arabic and Islamic Studies Concentration Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours

Satisfied by 33 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence

Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major.

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Hours

Satisfied by a minimum of 30 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Graduation GPA

Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Note: Consult the major advisor during pre-enrollment advising each semester. Prospective majors should consult the department as early as possible. The department may require a student to take and pass a preparatory course not already taken before enrolling for a given elective. The department has guidelines for substitutions at all levels, premajor and major. Each substitution must be approved.

Fieldwork

Field experience is a junior/senior option for majors. Fieldwork may be done anywhere in the U.S. or abroad. Careful arrangements must be made long in advance. Consult the department a full semester before enrollment.

Double Majors

African and African-American studies majors are encouraged to take a second major in a related or compatible field. Because the major is interdisciplinary, a second major is relatively easy to achieve in the usual period of undergraduate study.

Sample 4-year plans for the BA degree in African and African-American Studies with the following concentrations can be found here: African and African-American Studies, African Studies, African-American Studies, and Arabic and Islamic Studies or by using the left-side navigation.

Sample 4-year plans for the BGS degree in African and African-American Studies are located in the left side navigation area of the department page.

Departmental Honors

For graduation with honors, an undergraduate must maintain a minimum overall grade-point average of 3.25 and of 3.5 in the major and must complete 3 additional hours by enrolling in AAAS 695. AAAS 695 is evaluated by a committee composed of the instructor plus two other faculty members approved by the chair. An affirmative recommendation by this committee is essential to graduation with honors, provided that the other requirements have been met. A student who plans to graduate with honors must file a declaration of intent form with the departmental honors coordinator, preferably during his or her junior year, but no later than at enrollment for the final undergraduate semester.

The department encourages majors in the African studies and Arabic and Islamic studies concentrations to spend a semester or an academic year in Africa. Similarly, majors in the African-American studies concentration may spend a semester or an academic year in the Caribbean. Consult the department and the Office of Study Abroad.