BA in African and African-American Studies

Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BA in African and African-American Studies. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1 Written Communication/BA Writing I)13ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 Written Communication/BA Writing II)13
Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy3BA Quantitative Reasoning (QR)23
AAAS 100+ Introductory Course - 1 of 263AAAS 100+ Introductory Course 2 of 263
Goal 3 Social Science3Goal 3 Arts & Humanities3
First Year Seminar or Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking3Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours43
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 2.23Goal 4.1 US Diversity3
AAAS 300+ Advanced Core Knowledge and Skills (Historical Context)3AAAS 300+ Advanced Core Knowledge and Skills (Contemporary Context)33
African Language 1st Semester (Major Requirement)55African Language 2nd semester (Major Requirement)55
Goal 3 Natural Science3AAAS 100+ Elective (1 of 5)3
BA Laboratory/Field Experience (LFE)1Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours43
 15 17
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 5 Social Responsibility and Ethics3AAAS Elective 300+ (3 of 5)33
AAAS 300+ Elective (2 of 5)33AAAS Elective 300+ (4 of 5)33
African Language 3rd semester (Major Requirement)53African Language 4th Semester (Major Requirement)3
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours43Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours43Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours43
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
AAAS 690 or 496 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity )3AAAS 550 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity SPRING ONLY)3
AAAS Elective 300+ (5 of 5)33Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours43
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours43Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours43
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours43Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours43
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours43Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours41
 15 13
Total Hours 120

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to complete 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.

Many of the AAAS introductory options fulfill KU Core Goals:
Arabic & Islamic Studies:  AAAS 102 (3H, 3S, 4.2)
African Studies: AAAS 103 (3S), AAAS 105/AAAS 115 (1.1, 3H), AAAS 160 (3H, 4.2)
African-American Studies: AAAS 104 (4.1), AAAS 106/AAAS 116 (4.1)