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AFAM 100

Introduction to African Studies

An interdisciplinary approach to modern and traditional aspects of African life in the fields of history, geography, politics, ethnography, and socio-economic development. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. This course is also offered as AFRI 100.

AFAM 170

Introduction to African American Studies

Introduces the aims and objectives of African American Studies. A critical examination of the African American experience and its antecedents. This includes an assessment of how the dominant society impacts African Americans, including such factors as racism, poverty, and the current social/economic status of African Americans. Africa’s contributions to the world are included. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course.

AFAM 206

Comparative Slavery

Comparative analysis of the institution of slavery which places slavery in the Western Hemisphere into a global and historical context beginning with labor oppression systems in Asia, the Roman Empire, and Mediterranean cultures. The significance and impact of Africans on the cultural, economic, and political life of North and South American nations will be examined in detail. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. This course is also offered as HIST 206.

AFAM 231

African American History

An examination of the origins of black people, their history, philosophies, ideas, religions, social values, and the way in which these aspects of culture are interrelated. Emphasis is on the critical analysis of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, twentieth-century events, personalities, and philosophies which resulted in the major economic, political, and social problems facing African Americans and other ethnic minorities today. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. This course is also offered as HIST 231.

AFAM 251

African American Literature

Introduction to African American literature, using a range of materials from past and present that may include slave and neo-slave narratives, oratory and sermons, poems, plays, and novels, songs and spirituals. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. This course is also offered as ENGL 251.

AFAM 296

African American Music

A historical survey from the African heritage and Colonial times to the present. The types, forms, and styles of African American music are studied in relation to the African American experience. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. This course is also offered as MUSC 296.

AFAM 355

The Sociology of African Americans

This course examines the historical and social experiences that have shaped contemporary African American life, such as slavery, exploitation, oppression, and resistance (for example, the Civil Rights movement, the Black Power movement, and Hip Hop). Strategies for researching African American experiences are learned through analysis of Black popular culture, male/female relationships, urbanization, religion, and institutional racism. This course is also offered as SOCI 355. Formerly AFAM 455.

MCGS 155

Introduction to Multicultural and Gender Studies

An introduction to the concepts, terminology, and issues in multicultural and gender studies, including exploration of America’s multicultural history, gender as an element of culture, and contemporary issues in the field. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course.

MCGS 324

Religion and America’s Ethnic Minorities

An exploration of the religions which inform America’s ethnic minorities. The historical, cultural, and social experiences and values of Native American, Hispanic American, African American, Pacific Islander, and Asian American ethnic minority groups will be examined. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. This course is also offered as RELS 324.

MCGS 327

The Politics of Race and Ethnicity in the United States

Analysis of the role of race and ethnicity in the American political process, including a critique of their role in local, state, and national elections. Factors accounting for participation and non-participation will be analyzed. This is an approved US Diversity course. This course is also offered as POLS 327.

MCGS 328

Multicultural Health

Ethnic groups in the U.S. face many health problems. This course focuses on those problems which affect the four largest ethnic groups in the U.S.: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, and Asian Americans. The effects of history, health beliefs and practices, and socioeconomic status on the health of these ethnic populations are addressed. Current and potential strategies to improve health care delivery to these groups are explored. This is an approved US Diversity course. This course is also offered as HCSV 328.

MCGS 330

Sociology of Gender

This course examines gender as a social construct and its influences on men and women in families, school, work, politics, and culture. The focus is on how gender varies in relation to ethnicity, race, sexuality, and social class. This course is also offered as SOCI 330.

MCGS 341

Cross-Cultural Psychology

This course focuses on the importance and various influences of culture on human behavior. Beginning with an examination of theoretical definitions of culture, the course covers a broad range of research that highlights the contributions of cross-cultural psychology to the understanding of human behavior within and between cultures. In addition, conceptual, methodological, and practical issues in cross-cultural research and applications are covered. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. This course is also offered as PSYC 341.

MCGS 350

Ethnic and Race Relations

This course examines the social construction of race, and studies ethnic and racial relations in the United States, looking at variations by class, gender, and immigration experiences. Students analyze interpersonal relationships between racial and ethnic groups, discrimination, resistance, social movements, and governmental policies This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. This course is also offered as SOCI 350.

ARTH 476

African Art

An investigation of the arts and cultures of the African continent, with major emphasis upon the Negroid peoples south of the Sahara, the medieval kingdoms of the Sudan and the rain forest cultures and great civilizations of Ife, Benin, and the Congo, the sculpture, painting, body art, architecture, music, dance, belief systems, aural tradition of folklore, and reciprocal influences with other continents will be considered.

MUSC 293

History of Jazz

The historical and philosophical study of jazz from its African origins to the various forms in which it exists today.

HIST 370

African History Before 1800

Peoples, cultures, and economic systems of Africa before 1800, with emphasis on agricultural history, long-distance trade, state formation, and African religions.

HIST 371

African History After 1800

Africa since 1800. Establishment and demise of European colonial regimes, African resistance to foreign domination, African political systems, dilemmas of socio-economic development, and gender differences in modern African life.

HIST 372

History of South Africa

Examines historical interactions between African societies and European settler communities, racism and economic oppression under apartheid, international involvement in the region, and African nationalist organizations.

POLS 415B

Comparative Government: Africa

Comparative analysis of selected black African countries. Varying patterns of traditional culture, colonialism, and independence movements will be presented. Other themes to be stressed include methods of disengagement from neo-imperialistic controls since independence.

POLS 446B

International Relations of Africa

Analysis of the foreign policies of Sub-Saharan nations, including Neocolonialism, Pan-Africanism, regionalism, development, apartheid, African Liberation Movements, and China in Africa.