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Undergraduate Admission

Admission to KU

All students applying for admission must send high school and college transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Unless they are college transfer students with at least 24 hours of credit, prospective students must send ACT or SAT scores to the Office of Admissions. Prospective first-year students should be aware that KU has qualified admission requirements that all new first-year students must meet to be admitted. Consult the Office of Admissions for application deadlines and specific admission requirements.

Visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for information about international admissions.

Students considering transferring to KU may see how their college-level course work will transfer on the Office of Admissions website.

Admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Admission to the College is a different process from admission to a major field. Some CLAS departments have admission requirements. See individual department/program sections for departmental admission requirements.

Requirements for the Minor

For students whose programs make it attractive and feasible for them to focus on an African or American region, country, or topic, the department provides a minor in African and African-American studies. Minors must select 1 of the 4 tracks.

African-American Studies Track

AAAS 106The Black Experience in the Americas3
or AAAS 104 Introduction to African-American Studies
AAAS 306The Black Experience in the U.S. Since Emancipation3
Select 12 additional hours of African-America (U.S.)-related AAAS courses at the 300 level or above12

African and African-American Studies Track

AAAS 105Introduction to African History3
or AAAS 103 Introduction to Africa
or AAAS 102 Arabic and Islamic Studies
AAAS 106The Black Experience in the Americas3
or AAAS 104 Introduction to African-American Studies
Select 12 additional hours of AAAS courses at the 300 level or above12

African Studies Track

Students choosing this track must select 1 of 6 options.

Option 1: Advanced African Language Study

AAAS 103Introduction to Africa3
or AAAS 105/HIST 104 Introduction to African History
or AAAS 102 Arabic and Islamic Studies
Select one of the following:12
ARAB 310
  & ARAB 320
  & ARAB 401
  & ARAB 402
Advanced Arabic I
   and Advanced Arabic II
   and Readings in Arabic I
   and Readings in Arabic II
KISW 310
  & KISW 320
  & KISW 401
  & KISW 402
Advanced KiSwahili I
   and Advanced KiSwahili II
   and Readings in KiSwahili I
   and Readings in KiSwahili II
HAUS 310
  & HAUS 320
  & HAUS 401
  & HAUS 402
Advanced Hausa I
   and Advanced Hausa II
   and Readings in Hausa I
   and Readings in Hausa II
WOLO 310
  & WOLO 320
  & WOLO 401
  & WOLO 402
Advanced Wolof I
   and Advanced Wolof II
   and Readings in Wolof I
   and Readings in Wolof II
OR two advanced language courses (AAAS 504 or AAAS 505) and a Language and Society course (LING 370/AAAS 370, LING 470/AAAS 470). Other languages may apply with consent of faculty.
Select one of the following:3
Senior Seminar in: _____
Investigation and Conference
Field Experience

Option 2: African Societies and Civilizations

AAAS 103Introduction to Africa3
or AAAS 105/HIST 104 Introduction to African History
or AAAS 102 Arabic and Islamic Studies
Select four of the following:12
African Traditional Religion and Thought
The Peoples of Africa
Unveiling the Veil
Women in Contemporary African Literature
Women and Islam
Race, Gender, and Post-Colonial Discourses
African Studies In: _____
Studies in Islam
The History of Islam in Africa
Modern Africa
Sexuality and Gender in African History
The Rise and Fall of Apartheid
West African History
Topics in Journalism: _____
Select one of the following:3
Senior Seminar in: _____
Investigation and Conference
Field Experience

Option 3: African Arts and Literature

AAAS 103Introduction to Africa3
or AAAS 105/HIST 104 Introduction to African History
or AAAS 102 Arabic and Islamic Studies
Select four of the following:12
Introduction to African Dance Theatre
Undergraduate Seminar in: _____
African Theatre and Drama
African Film
Contemporary Authors: _____
Introduction to African Literature
The Literature of: _____
The Literature of: _____
African Literature: _____
Francophone African Literature
West African Art
Central African Art
Select one of the following:3
Senior Seminar in: _____
Investigation and Conference
Field Experience

Option 4: Political Economy of Health and Development in Africa

AAAS 103Introduction to Africa3
or AAAS 105/HIST 104 Introduction to African History
or AAAS 102 Arabic and Islamic Studies
Select four of the following:12
Biology of Human Nutrition
Nutrition Through the Life Cyle
Human Reproduction: Biology and Behavior
Human Growth and Development
Introduction to Medical Anthropology
Demographic Anthropology
Doing Ethnography
Anthropology and the Health Sciences
Economic Development of Africa
Geography of African Development
Politics in Africa
Islam and Politics
The Rise and Fall of Apartheid
Introduction to Modern Africa
Contemporary Health Issues in Africa
Select one of the following:3
Senior Seminar in: _____
Investigation and Conference
Field Experience

Option 5: People and Space in Africa

AAAS 103Introduction to Africa3
or AAAS 105/HIST 104 Introduction to African History
or AAAS 102 Arabic and Islamic Studies
Select four of the following:12
Physical Geography of Africa
Africa's Human Geographies
Geography of African Development
The Peoples of Africa
Human Paleontology: Fossil Apes to Australopithecus
Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology: _____
The Rise and Fall of Apartheid
Race, Gender, and Post-Colonial Discourses
Environmental Issues in Africa
Select one of the following:3
Senior Seminar in: _____
Investigation and Conference
Field Experience

Option 6: Student-Designed Cluster

AAAS 103Introduction to Africa3
or AAAS 105/HIST 104 Introduction to African History
or AAAS 102 Arabic and Islamic Studies
Four courses created from a student's academic concentration12
Select one of the following:3
Senior Seminar in: _____
Investigation and Conference
Field Experience

Haitian Studies Track

HAIT 110Elementary Haitian I3
HAIT 120Elementary Haitian II3
HAIT 230Intermediate Haitian I3
HAIT 240Intermediate Haitian II3
12 additional hours of the language or related courses at the 300 level or above12

Minor Hours & Minor GPA

While completing all required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and GPA minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 18 hours of minor courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 hours of KU resident credit in the minor.

Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in all departmental courses in the minor. GPA calculations include all courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.