African American Studies (AfAm)

Course Descriptions

Courses with PRIMARILY African American or African content.

ArtH 3241f. African American Art. (FA; 4 cr; prereq any 1xxx ArtH class or jr status or #; not offered 2003-04)
Survey of African American art from colonial times to the present, focusing on social context and aesthetic and biographical issues.

 

Engl 2041s. Introduction to African American Literature. (HDiv: 4 cr; prereq 1011 or equiv; not offered 2003-04)
Introduction to issues and themes in African American literature and culture, with emphasis on historical and cultural context.

 

Engl 3331. African American Literature. (HDiv; 4 cr; prereq 1131, and two from 2201, 2202, 2211 or 2212; offered when feasible)
Study of African American literature. Particular attention given to issues of gender, class, power, “passing,” and the racialized body.

 

Hist 3300. Variable Topics in Colonial and U.S. History Before 1860. (4 cr; See specific topics for general education categories; repeatable when topic changes)
Possible topics include societies of colonial America, the creation of the American Republic, race and culture in early America, slavery, etc.

 

Hist 3302. African American History to 1865. (HDiv; 4 cr)
The African-American experience in historical perspective: African origins; slavery, struggles for freedom and equality; cultural, economic, political and social development in a slave society.

 

Hist 3350. Variable Topics in U.S. History Since 1860. (4 cr; See specific topics for general education categories; repeatable when topic changes)
Possible topics include the Civil War era, America industrialization, World War II, the American presidency in the 20th century, and the 1960s.

 

Hist 3356. Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1974. (Hist; 4 cr)

 

Hist 3357. African American History Since 1865. (HDiv; 4 cr)
The African-American experience in historical perspective: the emancipation era; struggles for freedom and equality after slavery; cultural, economic, political and social development in an industrial and post-industrial society.

 

Soc 3250f,s. Variable Topics in Social Structure. (See specific topics for general education categories; 4 cr; repeatable when topic changes; prereq 1101 or Anth 1111)
In-depth study of one topic in sociology such as African American social institutions, the economic and social elite, bureaucracy, urban communities, social control, population, and demography.

Soc 3251. African Americans. (HDiv; 4 cr; prereq 1101 or Anth 1111 or #)
Examination of African American religious, economic, political, family and kinship institutions in the context of the greater American society. Struggles to overcome problems and the degree of success or failure of these struggles will be examined and placed in historical context.

 

 

Courses with PARTIAL African American content.

 

Engl 3301s. U.S. Multicultural and Multiracial Literatures. (HDiv; 4 cr; prereq 1131, two from 2201, 2202, 2211 or 2212)
Examination of literatures by African American, Native American, Asian American, Chicana/o, U.S. Latinoa/a, and other under-represented peoples.

 

Fren 1311. West African Francophone Cinema. (IP; 4 cr, prereq 2002 or equiv or #)
Same as Hum 1311. Introduction to the history of cinema in French-speaking West Africa. Students will learn to read African films, to recognize and analyze political themes in the films, and to become sensitive to issues facing many African nations in the postcolonial world.

 

Fren 1311H. Honors: West African Francophone Cinema. (IP; 4 cr; prereq 2002 or equiv or #, participation in Honors Program or #)
Same as Hum 1311H. Introduction to the history of cinema in French-speaking West Africa. Students will learn to read African films, to recognize and analyze political themes in the films, and to become sensitive to issues facing many African nations in the postcolonial world.

 

Hist 3000. Variable Topics in History. (Hist; 4 cr; repeatable when topic changes; offered when feasible)
Study of a historical topic that transcends the traditional chronological or geographical categories. Possible topics include the history of historical writing, science, and Christianity.

 

Hist 3004. Africa to 1700. (Hist; 4 cr)
History of Africa to 1700.

 

Hist 3005. Africa Since 1700. (Hist; 4 cr)
History of Africa since 1700.

 

Hist 3300. Variable Topics in Colonial and U.S. History Before 1860. (See specific topics for general education categories; 4 cr; repeatable when topic changes)
Possible topics include societies of colonial America, the creation of the American Republic, race and culture in early America, and slavery.

 

Hist 3301f. Red, White, and Black: Race and Culture in Early America. (HDiv; 4 cr; offered 2003-04)
History of race in early America.

 

Hum 1311. West African Francophone Cinema. (IP; 4 cr)
Same as Fren 1311. Introduction to the history of cinema in French-speaking West Africa. Students will learn to read African films, to recognize and analyze political themes in the films, and to become sensitive to issues facing many African nations in the postcolonial world.

 

Hum 1311H. Honors: West African Francophone Cinema. (IP; 4 cr; participation in Honors Program or #)
Same as Fren 1311H. Introduction to the history of cinema in French-speaking West Africa. Students will learn to read African films, to recognize and analyze political themes in the films, and to become sensitive to issues facing many African nations in the postcolonial world.

 

Pol 3262f. Minorities and Public Policy. (HDiv; 4 cr; prereq 1201 or # ;not offered 2004-05)
Analysis of the ways race, ethnicity, and other factors shape political engagement; their implications for public policy and the policy process.

 

Pol 3506f. Government and Politics of Africa. (IP; 4 cr; prereq 1301 or #)
Comparative study of government and politics of contemporary Africa, with special attention to state/society relations, interaction of politics and economic development, political institutions, and conflict.

 

Soc 2101f. Systems of Oppression. (HDiv; 4 cr; prereq 1101 or Anth 1111 or #)
Patterns of group dominance, exploitation, and hate in the United States and globally. Emphasis on sexism, racism, and classism with some attention to other systems of oppression such as heterosexism, ageism and ableism.

 

Soc 3121f. Sociology of Gender. (HDiv; 4 cr; prereq 1101 or Anth 1111)
Relationships among sex, gender, and society. Gender as a factor in stratification systems, social interaction, and institutions such as the economy, the family, and religion.

 

Soc 3141f. Sociology of Deviance. (E/CR; 4 cr; prereq 4 cr in Soc)
Theoretical and empirical issues recurring in the sociological literature on deviant behavior.

 

Soc 3200s. Variable Topics in Social Stratification. (HDiv; 4 cr; repeatable when topic changes; prereq 1101 or Anth 1111; offered when feasible)
Hierarchies of power, wealth, and prestige; analysis of various theories of stratification. Class, status, race, minorities (e.g., African Americans, American Indians), caste, and gender evaluated in terms of stratification.

 

Spch 3200. Variable Topics in Public Address. (Hum; 4 cr; prereq 2101 or #; repeatable when topic changes; not offered 2001-02)
Analysis and evaluation of situated discourse. Topics may include British and American public address, inaugurals, rhetorical practice of non-dominant cultural groups.

 

Spch 3203. African American and Female Discourse. (Hum; 4 cr; prereq 2101 or #)
Communication of women and African Americans: analysis of selected speeches, essays, and their contexts.