Minor Requirements

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 4 tracks.

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

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

African Studies Track

Students choosing this track must select 1 of 6 options.

Option 1: Advanced African Language Study

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 690 Investigation and Conference
    AAAS 496 Field Experience

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

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.

Contact Info

Department of African and African-American Studies

Bailey Hall
1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 9
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
785-864-3054
785-864-5330
afs@ku.edu
http://afs.ku.edu
Peter Ukpokodu, Chair
785-864-3054

Department of African and African-American Studies

Bailey Hall
1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 9
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
785-864-3054
785-864-5330
afs@ku.edu
http://afs.ku.edu
Clarence Lang, Undergraduate Advisor
785-864-5569
celang@ku.edu

Department of African and African-American Studies

Bailey Hall
1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 9
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
785-864-3054
785-864-5330
afs@ku.edu
http://afs.ku.edu
Shawn Alexander, Director, Graduate Studies
785-864-3054
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