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Minor in African and African-American Studies

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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.

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African-American Studies Track

  • AAAS 106 The Black Experience in the Americas
  • AAAS 306 The Black Experience in the U.S. Since Emancipation
  • 12 additional hours of African-American (U.S.)-related AAAS courses at the 300 level or above
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African and African-American Studies Track

  • AAAS 105 Introduction to African History
  • AAAS 106 The Black Experience in the Americas
  • 12 additional hours of AAAS courses at the 300 level or above
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African Studies Track

Option 1: Advanced African Language Study

Students choosing this track must select from 1 of the 6 options.

Option 2: African Societies and Civilizations

Option 3: African Arts and Literature

Option 4: Political Economy of Health and Development in Africa

Option 5: People and Space in Africa

Option 6: Student-Designed Cluster

  • 3 credit hours (1 course):
    AAAS 103 Introduction to Africa or
    AAAS 105/HIST 104 Introduction to African History
  • 12 credit hours (4 courses) created from a student’s academic concentration
  • 3 credit hours (1 course) selected from
    AAAS 550 Senior Seminar in: _____
    AAAS 695 Honors Project in: _____
    AAAS 690 Investigation and Conference
    AAAS 496 Field Experience
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Haitian Studies Track

  • HAIT 110 Elementary Haitian I
  • HAIT 120 Elementary Haitian II
  • HAIT 230 Intermediate Haitian I
  • HAIT 240 Intermediate Haitian II
  • 12 additional hours of the language or related courses at the 300 level or above
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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 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 15 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 junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

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