The African & African Diasporic Languages minor is offered through the Department of African & African-American Studies.  It is an excellent cultural studies companion to all of the professional degrees on campus, as well as other College programs. The minor allows advanced study in one of the following languages:  Arabic, Haitian-Creole, Kiswahili and Wolof.  Some advanced language study may be eligible for Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships. Additional information on each language can be found by clicking the appropriate link above.

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Prerequisite Knowledge

In order to start the minor courses, students must complete one of the following sequences:
Elementary Arabic I
and Elementary Arabic II
Elementary Haitian I
and Elementary Haitian II
Elementary KiSwahili I
and Elementary KiSwahili II
Elementary Wolof I
and Elementary Wolof II

Requirements for the Minor

Complete one of the following language sequences:
Intermediate Language I3
Intermediate Arabic I
Intermediate Haitian I
Intermediate KiSwahili I
Intermediate Wolof I
Intermediate Language II3
Intermediate Arabic II
Intermediate Haitian II
Intermediate KiSwahili II
Intermediate Wolof II
Advanced Language I3
Advanced Arabic I
Advanced Haitian I
Advanced KiSwahili I
Advanced Wolof I
Advanced Language II3
Advanced Arabic I
Advanced Haitian II
Advanced KiSwahili II
Advanced Wolof II
Choose two additional AAAS courses numbered 300 or higher, or additional language courses past Advanced Language II.
Readings in Arabic I
Readings in Arabic II
Directed Studies in Haitian Language and Literature
Readings in KiSwahili I
Readings in KiSwahili II
Readings in Wolof I
Readings in Wolof II
Directed Language Study: _____
Directed Language Study: _____
Directed Language Study I: _____
Directed Language Study II: _____
African Traditional Religion and Thought
Haiti: Culture and Identity
Contemporary Haiti
Peoples and Cultures of North Africa and the Middle East
Modern Africa
Modern Africa, Honors
Modern Africa, Honors
The Black Experience in the U.S. Since Emancipation
Ministers and Magicians: Black Religions from Slavery to the Present
African American Women: Colonial Era to the Present
African Studies In: _____
African Studies In, Honors: _____
Legal Issues and the African American
African-American Studies In: _____
African-American Studies In, Honors: _____
Popular Black Music
African American Culture
African American Urban Community and Class in the Midwest
Black Leadership
Introduction to African Literature
Introduction to African Literature, Honors
Introduction to Caribbean Literature
Introduction to African Dance Theatre
Introduction to Southern African Literature
Women in Contemporary African Literature
Black Feminist Theory
Popular Culture in Africa: Spiritual Thrills, Romance and Sexualities
Africa's Human Geographies
Modern and Contemporary African Art
Modern and Contemporary African Art
Modern and Contemporary African Art
African Theatre and Drama
African-American Theatre and Drama
Introduction to the Languages of Africa
Religion, Power, and Sexuality in Arab Societies
West African Art
West African Art
West African Art
African Design
African Design
African Design
African Art and Gender
The Black Woman
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
Field Experience
Regional History: _____
Global Ethnic and Racial Relations
The Civil Rights Movement
African and Western Cosmologies
African Studies in: _____
African Studies In, Honors: _____
African and African-American Religion:_____
African-American Studies in: _____
African-American Studies In, Honors: _____
Social History of Black Aging in America
Popular Culture in Africa
Studies in Islam
The Rhetoric of Black Americans
Islamic Art and Architecture in Africa
The History of Islam in Africa
Language and Culture in Arabic-Speaking Communities
Unveiling the Veil
Senior Seminar in: _____
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
Slavery in the New World
Central African Art
Migration, Diasporas and Development
Literature and African American Music
Race and the American Theatre
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
Women and Gender in Islam
Gender and Politics in Africa
The Anthropology of Islam
African Expressive Culture: _____
Introduction to Modern Africa

Minor Hours

Satisfied by at least 18 hours of minor courses.

Minor Hours in Residence

Satisfied by a minimum of 9 hours of junior/senior (300+) hours completed at KU.

Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Hours

Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from courses numbered 300 or higher in the minor.

Minor Graduation GPA

Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.00 GPA in all minor courses. GPA calculations include all courses in the field of study, included F's and repeated courses.