The objectives of Afro-American Studies are to provide a systematic study of the
experiences, conditions, and origins of Afro-American people, their philosophical,
religious, and social values, their various modes of artistic expression, and the
way in which each of these cultural aspects is interrelated. In this way
Afro-American Studies provides the student with an opportunity to gain knowledge and
understanding of the history, social organization, current conditions, and problems
that face Afro-Americans as a racial minority in the United States. Additionally,
the study of the Afro-American experience will unfold and analyze the Afro-American
contribution to the American heritage.
614-100 INTRODUCTION TO BLACK CULTURE GE/DIVERSITY 3 cr
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.
614-141 MODERN BLACK AMERICAN HISTORY GE/DIVERSITY 3 cr
A critical examination and analysis of the status and role of Black Americans in the
United States since 1865.
614-270 THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY: A GE/DIVERSITY 3 cr
This course provides lower level undergraduate students with systematic sociological
understanding of the historical and current experiences of African American people.
(Cross-listed with Sociology)
614-320/520 A HISTORY OF BLACK MIGRATION IN THE U.S. 3 cr
This course will examine and analyze the impact of Black migration from rural south
to the northern urban centers since the turn of the century.
Prereq: 740-125 or 740/852 220 or 614-100 or consent of instructor.
614-345/545 AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE, 1800 TO DIVERSITY 3 cr
A survey of essays, prose fiction, drama, and poetry written by African-Americans
from the Colonial period to the present.
614/820-365 BLACK POLITICAL AND SOCIAL THOUGHT DIVERSITY 3 cr
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 prncipal 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
Prereq: 614-100 or 820-141 or 610/820-217 or 820-250.
614-396 CURRENT ISSUES IN BLACK STUDIES: SOCIAL GE/DIVERSITY 3 cr
AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
This course deals with the key issues that fall under the investigatory domain of
the social and behavioral sciences. These issues are investigated in light of the
traditional eurocentric approaches of the social and behavioral sciences, as well as
the approaches of a Black social and behavioral scientist. In addition, the long and
short term effects of the several approaches and suggested solutions to these issues
are examined critically in the context of their effect or impact on Blacks and
614-397 CURRENT ISSUES IN BLACK STUDIES: HUMANITIES GE/DIVERSITY 3 cr
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
614-461/661 GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF AFRICA 3 cr
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.
Prereq: Any political science general studies course. Unreq: 820-461/661.
614-470 AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY DIVERSITY 3 cr
This course will survey the historical development of the Afro-American Family from
Africa to modern times. Significant events (e.g., the slave trade, slavery, and
migration) will be scrutinized in order to ascertain their role in shaping the
contemporary Black Family life. Other important social and economic forces will be
illuminated to assess their impact. The latest body of literature, models,
paradigms, hypotheses, and statistical findings will be critically examined to
enhance understanding of modern day Black Family premarital and marital relations,
adaptive patterns, and dislocations. (Offered jointly with Sociology.)
Prereq: 614-100 or 880-140 and 880-252 or 614-270. Unreq: 880-470.
614-490/690 WORKSHOP Repeatable 1-3 cr
614-491/691 TRAVEL STUDY Repeatable 1-3 cr
614-494 SEMINAR Repeatable 1-3 cr
614-496/696 SPECIAL STUDIES Repeatable 1-3 cr
614-498 INDEPENDENT STUDY 1-3 cr