Undergraduate African American Studies
2015 Spring Term
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INTRODUCTION TO BLACK CULTURE (DV)(GE)
African American Studies 100
This course is an introduction to the experiences, literature, art and music of Black people. Emphasis will be placed on major Black contributions to American culture. Special attention will be paid to Black studies as a discipline.
MODERN BLACK AMERICAN HISTORY (DV)(GE)
African American Studies 141
A critical examination and analysis of the status and role of Black Americans in the United States since 1865.
CIVIL RIGHTS HISTORY: TRAVELING FREEDOM'S MAIN LINE (DV)
African American Studies 241
Explores the origins, history, and legacies of the Black civil rights movement (c. 1950s - 1970s) at many of the sites where this history was made (includes multi-state travel). Learning through place promotes an experiential understanding of this freedom struggle and how it changed the people who made it and the nation.
AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE, 1800 TO THE PRESENT (DV)
African American Studies 345
A survey of essays, prose, fiction, drama, and poetry written by African-Americans from the Colonial period to the present.
BLACK POLITICAL AND SOCIAL THOUGHT (DV)
African American Studies 365
This course will utilize a Pan-African approach to provide an organized and systematic pattern of social and political ideologies/thought put forth by Black publicists and theorists concerning the organization of their society. As such, it will survey the principal personalities and major protest movements that have emerged in the Diaspora African Community, as well as pay special attention to selected African ideologies and personalities involved in shaping Black political and social thought.
CURRENT ISSUES IN BLACK STUDIES: HUMANITIES (DV)(GE)
African American Studies 397
This seminar course addresses the appeal of Black power as a polemic, protest and propaganda in the context of the Black experience in the United States. The primary materials will be speeches, documentaries, comic routines, mime groups, theatre and cinema. The approach is rhetorical and focuses on the ways in which statements are made and the effect they may have on the immediate audience and beyond.
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF AFRICA
African American Studies 461
The course will critically analyze the political events, major problems, processes and trends in Sub-Saharan African politics and society. It will also attempt to examine the prospects for economic development and democracy in contemporary Africa. Some African countries will be selected for special attention.
African American Studies 498
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member.