College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Complementary Courses

In addition to your language courses, KU also offers a variety of linguistics and Africa-related courses over the summer. Students interested in taking additional coursework should consider taking additional complementary courses. The courses below are examples from Summer 2016.  Summer 2017 courses will be updated soon. 

AAAS 103 – Introduction to Africa

An introduction to the interdisciplinary study of African cultures and societies focusing on contemporary life on the continent. Topics to be covered include the geography, history, politics, and economics of the continent, as well as the religion, languages and literatures, music, and the arts. The interdisciplinary perspective will provide students with a sound basis for understanding contemporary African societies.

AAAS 300 - African Traditional Religion and Thought

A study of African traditional religious beliefs, systems and practices and how these have conditioned spiritual, moral and social values, attitudes, social relationships and institutions, art, literature and music. Topics covered include the African world-view, concepts of birth, life, marriage, death and reincarnation; the concurrent practice or monotheism, polytheism and the cult of the ancestors; and the extent of relevance to Black societies in the New World. Prerequisite: AAAS 103 or AAAS 105 or AAAS 106 or consent of instructor.

AAAS 320 – African Studies In African Film

A critical study of Africa and its peoples as depicted in films.  The aesthetic, cultural, economic, political, historical, and ideological aspects of African films and videos will be examined.   Prerequisite: AAAS 103 or AAAS 105, or consent of instructor.

LING 106 – Introductory Linguistics

Introduction to the fundamentals of linguistics, with emphasis on the description of the sound system, grammatical structure and semantic structure of languages. The course will include a survey of language in culture and society, language change, computational linguistics and psycholinguistics, and will introduce students to techniques of linguistic analysis in a variety of languages including English

LING 110 – Language and Mind

Language permeates every aspect of our life – cognitive, social, economic, and political. In this course, we will explore language as a fundamental aspect of human cognition. This course will introduce you to the complexity and creativity of the acquisition and use of language. Just like breathing, producing and understanding speech is a natural activity that we engage in daily, with little conscious awareness or effort. In this course, we will study the processes that underlie this ability. The more you understand about language, how it is learned, and how it is processed, the more you understand yourself and the people around you. There are no prerequisites. No previous knowledge of linguistics is required.

LING 415/715 – Second Language Acquisition

Introduction to the study of second language acquisition: The application of theoretical linguistics to the description of the language that a learner acquires, and to the process of acquisition. Prerequisite: An introductory course in linguistics.


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Migration Stories: Africans in Midwestern Communities

The Kansas African Studies Center has received $140,000 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to launch public discussions, community programming, and the creation of educational resources in local communities to discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding recent demographic changes in the region. With close to 10,000 African immigrants living today in the heartland metropolitan centers of Kansas City, Lawrence, Topeka, Emporia, Wichita and Garden City, a new project entitled “Migration Stories” will facilitate the sharing of migration stories about Africans within Midwestern communities. Visit to learn more. 

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