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African and African-American Studies 
Institution name: University of Kansas
Address: 1440 Jayhawk Boulevard
Bailey Hall, Room 9

Lawrence, KS 66045
Telephone: (785) 864-3054
Fax: (786) 864-5330
Web address: http://afs.ku.edu/courses/language.shtml
Email: afs@ku.edu
Purposes and goals of the program:
The Department of African and African-American Studies seeks to educate students to function in a multicultural environment and in a global community. In pursuing this goal, the department contributes in vital ways to the University of Kansas' general education requirements. The department provides undergraduates with courses through which they can deepen their knowledge and enrich their understanding of the history, culture, and experience of African people.
Program origin:
The department was founded in 1970.
Program funding:
This program receives funding from students, as well as through the University of Kansas.
Languages/dialects taught:
  • Arabic
  • Program type:  Higher Education
    Average enrollment:
    Total contact hours per week: 3
    Times per week classes meet: 2
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    Full-time instructors: 13
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    Languages in which instructors are proficient:
    Amharic, Arabic, French, Hausa, Haitian, Kiswahili, Wolof
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    Total contact hours per week: 3
    Times per week: 2
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    Students are grouped based on their proficiency level.
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    The skills taught in the classes vary upon the level of the program. For lower levels, speaking and listening skills are taught. In advanced levels, reading and writing are also taught.
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    All levels of the program include lessons on culture and tradition. Higher levels also include lessons on literature.
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    By the end of the program, students are expected to reach a near-native (if not native) proficiency level in the language.
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    Credit received from formal education system:
    Students receive three college credits per level taken.
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    Students may apply for financial aid or merit-based scholarships from The University of Kansas.
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