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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in African and African-American Studies

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First- and Second-Year Preparation

Students in the African studies concentration should enroll in AAAS 103 and AAAS 105 in the first year and AAAS 305 in the sophomore year. Students in the African-American studies concentration should enroll in AAAS 104 and AAAS 106 in the first year and AAAS 306 in the sophomore year. For the B.A. degree in both concentrations, enrollment in a second language should begin no later than the sophomore year.

For further advising, contact the main office, 9 Bailey Hall, 785-864-3054, afs@ku.edu, or Professor Beverly Mack, bmack@ku.edu, 785-864-4260.

Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major

33 hours are required, distributed as follows:

African Concentration

Students must take and pass AAAS 103 and AAAS 105 and at least 2 first- and second-year general education courses from 2 of the following departments: American studies, anthropology, communication studies, economics, English, environmental studies, geography, history, history of art, linguistics, philosophy, political science, religious studies, sociology, or theatre and film. The department may consider substitutions.

  • AAAS 300 African Traditional Religion and Thought (3)
  • AAAS 305 Modern African History (3)
  • AAAS 550 Senior Seminar in: _____ (3)
  • AAAS 496 Field Experience (3) or
    AAAS 690 Investigation and Conference (3)
  • 5 elective AAAS courses (15 hours) numbered above 300 (15)

B.A. majors in this concentration also must take 16 hours of an African language and any required related culture courses.

African-American Concentration

Students must take and pass AAAS 104 and AAAS 106 and at least 2 first- and second-year general education courses from 2 of the following departments: American studies, anthropology, communication studies, economics, English, environmental studies, geography, history, history of art, linguistics, philosophy, political science, religious studies, sociology, or theatre and film. The department may consider substitutions.

  • AAAS 300 African Traditional Religion and Thought (3)
  • AAAS 306 The Black Experience in the U.S. Since Emancipation (3)
  • AAAS 550 Senior Seminar in: _____ (3)
  • AAAS 496 Field Experience (3) or
    AAAS 690 Investigation and Conference (3)
  • 5 elective AAAS courses (15 hours) numbered above 300 (15)

B.A. majors with a Haitian emphasis also must take 16 hours of Haitian language.

Note: AAAS 496, AAAS 550, and AAAS 690 may not be taken until AAAS 300, AAAS 305, and AAAS 306 (as appropriate) have been passed, subject to other stipulations in the catalog.

Arabic and Islamic Studies Concentration

Students must take and pass at least 2 first- and second-year general education courses from 2 of the following departments: American studies, anthropology, communication studies, economics, English, environmental studies, film and media studies, geography, history, history of art, linguistics, philosophy, political science, religious studies, sociology, or theatre. The department may consider substitutions. These do not count toward the major.

A total of 33 credit hours is required, distributed as follows:

B.A. majors in this concentration also must take 16 hours of an African language (Arabic, Hausa, Kiswahili, or Wolof).

Fields of Emphasis

In each concentration, at least 3 elective courses and AAAS 496 and AAAS 690 must relate to the student’s emphasis and be so certified by the adviser. Examples are arts and culture; language and linguistics; social, political and economic development; women; Africa and the Diaspora, Caribbean and Haitian studies. The department keeps a list of fields and courses appropriate to them.

Note: Consult the major adviser during pre-enrollment advising each semester. Prospective majors should consult the department as early as possible. The department may require a student to take and pass a preparatory course not already taken before enrolling for a given elective. The department has guidelines for substitutions at all levels, premajor and major. Each substitution must be approved.

Fieldwork

Field experience is a junior/senior option for majors. Fieldwork may be done anywhere in the U.S. or abroad. Careful arrangements must be made long in advance. Consult the department a full semester before enrollment.

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for African and African-American studies.

Double Majors

African and African-American studies majors are encouraged to take a second major in a related or compatible field. Because the major is interdisciplinary, a second major is relatively easy to achieve in the usual period of undergraduate study.

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