African & African-American Studies



The Department of African & African-American Studies (AAAS) will provide you with a unique center for studying the relationships among and between all people of African descent. In order to fulfill the mission of the AAAS department, you will investigate the connections between U.S. and global histories, cultures, and social and economic systems.  At the B.A. and B.G.S. levels, AAAS offers concentrations in African Studies, African-American Studies, Arabic and Islamic Studies, and Haitian Studies. 

Core courses you will take include "Introduction to African History," "The Black Experience in the U.S. since Emancipation," and "Islamic Literature," as well as electives such as "The Civil Rights Movement," "African Theatre and Drama," and "Muslim Women's Autobiography."  The department also hosts language programs in Arabic, KiSwahili, Hausa, Amharic, Wolof, Haitian Creole, and Somali.  

AAAS promotes an inclusive and diverse learning environment, and supports the core goals of a liberal arts education in (1) encouraging you to appreciate different ways of knowing; and (2) preparing informed and productive citizens in Kansas, the region, the nation, and the global communities of the twenty-first century. 

Career options: 

As a student in the African & African American Studies department, you will have your choice of many diverse career paths. From the legal profession to civil service, from museum curator to marketing executive - the options available to you are infinite. For more career options, visit the KU career center website.

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Advisor name: 
Clarence Lang
Advisor title: 
Associate Professor
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