African and African-American Studies offers two minors: the African & African-American Studies minor and the African & African Diasporic Languages minors.  These minors make excellent cultural studies companions to all of the professional degrees on campus, as well as other College programs. Please review the "requirements" tab for further details.  Graduation requirements and regulations for every academic program are provided in this catalog. Degree requirements and course descriptions are subject to change. In most cases, you will use the catalog of the year you entered KU (see your advisor for details). Other years’ catalogs»

African & African-American Studies Minor Requirements

Introductory Knowledge6
Please select one course from two of the following:
Arabic & Islamic Studies:
Arabic and Islamic Studies
African Studies:
Introduction to Africa
Introduction to African History
Introduction to African History, Honors
Introduction to African History, Honors
Introduction to West African History
African-American Studies:
Introduction to African-American Studies
The Black Experience in the Americas
The Black Experience in the Americas, Honors
Historical Context3
Select one course from the following:
African Traditional Religion and Thought
Haiti: Culture and Identity
The Black Experience in the U.S. Since Emancipation
Islamic Literature
The History of Islam in Africa
Contemporary Context3
Select one course from the following:
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
Select 6 additional hours of AAAS courses numbered 300 or higher not fulfilling a requirement above. Up to two courses may be advanced language courses.
AAAS 300African Traditional Religion and Thought3
AAAS 301Haiti: Culture and Identity3
AAAS 302/HAIT 300Contemporary Haiti3
AAAS/ANTH 303Peoples and Cultures of North Africa and the Middle East3
AAAS 305/HIST 300Modern Africa3
or AAAS 307 Modern Africa, Honors
or HIST 307 Modern Africa, Honors
AAAS 306/HIST 359The Black Experience in the U.S. Since Emancipation3
AAAS/AMS/HIST 316Ministers and Magicians: Black Religions from Slavery to the Present3
AAAS/AMS/HIST/WGSS 317African American Women: Colonial Era to the Present3
AAAS 320African Studies In: _____3
or AAAS 321 African Studies In, Honors: _____
AAAS 322Legal Issues and the African American3
AAAS 323African-American Studies In: _____3
or AAAS 324 African-American Studies In, Honors: _____
AAAS 325Popular Black Music3
AAAS 327African American Culture3
AAAS 328/HIST 338African American Urban Community and Class in the Midwest3
AAAS 330/AMS 340Black Leadership3
AAAS 332/ENGL 326Introduction to African Literature3
or AAAS 336 Introduction to African Literature, Honors
AAAS 333/ENGL 339Introduction to Caribbean Literature3
AAAS/DANC/THR 334Introduction to African Dance Theatre2
AAAS 335Introduction to Southern African Literature3
AAAS 340/WGSS 330Women in Contemporary African Literature3
AAAS/WGSS/ENGL 344Black Feminist Theory3
AAAS/WGSS 345Popular Culture in Africa: Spiritual Thrills, Romance and Sexualities3
AAAS 349/REL 350Islam3
AAAS/GEOG 351Africa's Human Geographies3
AAAS/HA 353Modern and Contemporary African Art3
AAAS 355/THR 326African Theatre and Drama3
AAAS 356/THR 327African-American Theatre and Drama3
AAAS/LING 370Introduction to the Languages of Africa3
AAAS/ANTH 372Religion, Power, and Sexuality in Arab Societies3
AAAS/HA 376West African Art3
AAAS/HA 377African Design3
AAAS 388The Black Woman3
AAAS 415Women and Islam3
AAAS 420/COMS 447Intercultural Communication: The Afro-American3
AAAS/THR 429Postcolonial Theatre and Drama3
AAAS/FREN 432Francophone African Literature3
AAAS 433Islamic Literature3
AAAS 434African Women Writers3
AAAS 435Muslim Women's Autobiography3
AAAS 440The Afro-American Family: A Psychological Approach3
AAAS 445Arab Thought and Identity3
AAAS/REL 450Popular Culture in the Muslim World3
AAAS 460Topics and Problems in African and African-American Studies1-3
AAAS/LING 470Language and Society in Africa3
AAAS 501Regional History: _____3
AAAS 502Directed Language Study: _____5
AAAS 503Directed Language Study: _____3
AAAS 504Directed Language Study I: _____3
AAAS 505Directed Language Study II: _____3
AAAS 510/AMS 534/SOC 534Global Ethnic and Racial Relations3
AAAS 511The Civil Rights Movement3
AAAS 512African and Western Cosmologies3
AAAS 520African Studies in: _____3
or AAAS 521 African Studies In, Honors: _____
AAAS 522African and African-American Religion:_____3
AAAS 523African-American Studies in: _____3
or AAAS 524 African-American Studies In, Honors: _____
AAAS 525Social History of Black Aging in America3
AAAS 527Popular Culture in Africa3
AAAS/REL 532Studies in Islam3
AAAS 534/COMS 551The Rhetoric of Black Americans3
AAAS/HA 536Islamic Art and Architecture in Africa3
AAAS 542/REL 535The History of Islam in Africa3
AAAS/LING 543Language and Culture in Arabic-Speaking Communities3
AAAS 545Unveiling the Veil3
AAAS 551/GEOG 550Environmental Issues in Africa3
AAAS/REL 552Classical Islamic Literature3
AAAS 554/GEOG 553Contemporary Health Issues in Africa3
AAAS 555/FMS 544African Film3
AAAS/WGSS 560Race, Gender, and Post-Colonial Discourses3
AAAS/HIST/POLS 561Liberation in Southern Africa3
AAAS/HA 569Modern and Contemporary African Art3
AAAS/HIST 574Slavery in the New World3
AAAS/HA 578Central African Art3
AAAS/GEOG 583Migration, Diasporas and Development3
AAAS 584Literature and African American Music3
AAAS 585/AMS 529/THR 529Race and the American Theatre3
AAAS/HIST/WGSS 598Sexuality and Gender in African History3
AAAS 600/POLS 665Politics in Africa3
AAAS 611History of the Black Power Movement3
AAAS 630The Life and Intellectual Thought of W.E.B. Du Bois3
AAAS/REL 650Sufism3
AAAS 657Women and Gender in Islam3
AAAS/WGSS/POLS 662Gender and Politics in Africa3
AAAS/HA 676West African Art3
AAAS/HA 677African Design3
AAAS/HA 679African Expressive Culture: _____3
AAAS 680Introduction to Modern Africa3
ARAB 310Advanced Arabic I3
ARAB 320Advanced Arabic II3
HAIT 350Advanced Haitian I3
HAIT 360Advanced Haitian II3
KISW 310Advanced KiSwahili I3
KISW 320Advanced KiSwahili II3
WOLO 310Advanced Wolof I3
WOLO 320Advanced Wolof II3

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.