BGS in African & African-American Studies

Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BGS 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 (1 of 2))3ENGL 102 or 105 (Goal 2.1 Written Communication (2 of 2))3
Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy3Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23
AAAS 100+ Introductory Course - 1 of 233AAAS 100+ Introductory Course - 2 of 233
Goal 3 Social Science3Goal 3 Arts & Humanities3
First Year Seminar or Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking3Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 2.2 Communication3Goal 4.1 US Diversity3
AAAS 300+ Advanced Core Knowledge and Skills (Historical Context)3AAAS 300+ Advanced Core Knowledge and Skills (Contemporary Context)3
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23
Goal 3 Natural Science3AAAS Elective 100+ (1 of 5)13
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23
 15 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 5 Social Responsibility and Ethics3AAAS Elective 300+ (3 of 5)13
AAAS Elective 300+ (2 of 5)13AAAS Elective 300+ (4 of 5)13
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
AAAS 690 or 496 (Goal 6 Integration and Creativity)3AAAS 550 (AAAS Capstone SPRING ONLY)3
AAAS Elective 300+ (5 of 5)13Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours)23Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23
BGS Career Course (BGSC)3Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours23
 15 15
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)

BGS students in AAAS are not required to study African or African-diasporic language, but they can.