African American Studies Courses

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The following course list includes all options for this minor. The typical offerings listed for each course are estimates and subject to change. Work with your advisor when scheduling your classes each semester.

  • AAS 100 Introduction to African American Studies

    General Education Course (Focus on Humanities).

    The course provides a multidisciplinary introduction of the many dimensions of the African American experience, including the African heritage and diaspora, slavery and freedom, African American artistic and literary expression, and the problem of racism in American society.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • ANT 330 Peoples and Cultures

    Anthropological study of a cultural region of the world (such as the Caribbean, Latin America, or Southeastern Indians), including environment, subsistence, technology, economy, social and political organization, and religion. May be repeated when topic changes. Variable content course.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • ANT 331 Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean

    An introduction to the peoples, societies, and cultures of the Caribbean region, which includes the islands of the West Indies and portions of Central and South America. We will study the development of the region from prehistoric times to the present and examine the effects of the Atlantic slave trade, the African diaspora, sugar plantations, and Spanish, British, French, Dutch, and American colonialism on the region today.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • ANT 332 Peoples and Cultures of Africa

    An exploration of African societies (especially sub-Saharan), including family structure, gender relations, social and political organization, beliefs, economics, art, oral literature, music, dance, and other aspects of culture.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • ANT 490 Field Experience in Anthropology

    Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    Supervised group study and/or research in an off campus setting. A fee may be charged to cover travel expenses. May be repeated when subject changes.

    Credit hours:
    1-6
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • ART 273 Survey of the Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

    Prerequisite: ENG 110. General Education Course (Focus on Humanities).

    A survey of the art and architecture produced by the cultures of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

    Projected offerings

  • ART 488 Basic Conservation of Art and Artifacts

    Prerequisite: relevant Art History survey course (ART 271, 272, 273 or 274) and permission of instructor.

    This course combines advanced art historical study and research of art and artifacts with a hands-on introduction to basic conservation techniques. Identical with MST 488. Cannot receive credit for both ART 488 and MST 488. May be taught concurrently with ART 688. Cannot receive credit for both ART 488 and ART 688.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • CRM 415 Crime, Class, Race, and Justice

    Prerequisite: CRM 210 and CRM 320.

    A sociological examination of race and class issues in crime, victimization, the origins of law, and the operation of the American criminal justice system. Implications for social policy are explored.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • ENG 363 Introduction to African Literature

    Prerequisite: ENG 110.

    Survey of representative works of fiction, poetry, drama, folklore, personal narratives, and essays from various countries on the African continent written in or translated into English.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • ENG 455 African-American Drama

    Prerequisite: ENG 110 and 60 hours.

    Study of intersections of dramatic art and politics including survey of theatrical styles such as realism, surrealism, agit-prop, and theatre-of-the-absurd.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • GRY 507 Geography of Subsaharan Africa

    An in-depth geographic study of Africa south of the Sahara Desert. Surveys physical and political geography, climate, tribalism, religion, demography, natural resources, transportation, industry and economic activities of African states South of the Sahara. Students are required to complete one research project. May be taught concurrently with GRY 607. Cannot receive credit for both GRY 607 and GRY 507.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • HST 323 Women in Africa

    Recommended Prerequisite: HST 103 or 104. This course will introduce students to women's participation in Africa's history and contemporary issues. The readings cover a broad geographical range of North, West, Central and Southern Africa. The course will include five topics: Women and the Family; Women, Politics, and Economics; Religious Women; Women in Colonial Rebellion; and Women and National Revolutions.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • HST 331 African American History I

    Recommended Prerequisite: HST 121 or AAS 100. Survey of the experiences of Americans of African descent to 1865. Emphasis on African heritage; African-American contributions and institutions; slavery and quasi-freedom.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • HST 332 African American History II

    Recommended Prerequisite: HST 122 or AAS 100. Continuation of HST 331, 1865-present. Emphasis on the struggles for racial justice; protest organizations, philosophies and tactics.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • HST 335 African Civilization

    Recommended Prerequisite: HST 103 or 104. Historical developments in Africa from antiquity to the present. Emphasis on south Saharan Africa for the period before European contact. Topics in modern nationalism and independence. Africa in the context of world history.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • HST 531 African American Leaders and Movements

    Prerequisite: 50 hours.

    Study of African American leaders and movements in the United States, with emphasis on the period since World War II. May be taught concurrently with HST 631. Cannot receive credit for both HST 631 and HST 531.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • PLS 550 Modern African Politics

    Prerequisite: PLS 101.

    Recommended Prerequisite: 50 hours. A comparative study of the political and economic systems of contemporary Africa with emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. Ideologies and strategies pursued by selected African governments are covered, including an assessment of contemporary economic, political, and strategic ties within the region and internationally. The class will emphasize such areas as Mauritania, Senegal, Kenya, Somalia, Nigeria, and South Africa. May be taught concurrently with PLS 650. Cannot receive credit for both PLS 650 and PLS 550.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall (odd-numbered years)

    Projected offerings

  • REL 345 African American Religious Experience

    Recommended Prerequisite: REL 131. Explores the establishment and maintenance of African American religious institutions, particularly the Black Churches and their future development.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • REL 365 The Life and Thought of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Recommended Prerequisite: REL 131. Studies the cultural roots, intellectual odyssey, social thought and action of Martin Luther King, Jr. Investigates his role in the Civil Rights Movement and compares him with other prominent leaders of this century.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • SOC 336 Race and Ethnicity

    This course explores the social construction of race and ethnicity. Issues of differential power between racial and ethnic groups and the economic, political, and social structures which are utilized to maintain these power differences are identified. Social movements and social policies designed to address social inequality, prejudice and discrimination are also examined.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • SWK 219 Human Diversity

    General Education Course (Focus on Cultural Competence).

    Content and skill development pertinent to working with diverse racial, cultural, ethnic, and other populations such as persons with physical disabilities and mental illnesses. This course is designed primarily to inform and sensitize individuals for effective interventions within a heterogeneous society. A grade of "C" or better is required for admission to the BSW program.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Projected offerings