Courses: African American Studies Program (AAS)College: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Any TCCN equivalents are indicated in square brackets [ ].

AAS 1310: Introduction to Africana Culture
Cr. 3. (3-0). Survey of Africana culture in Americas and throughout the world by examining its origins and development from an African-centered point of reference.

AAS 2320: Introduction to African American Studies
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ENGL 1303. Introductory analysis of the black experience in Africa and the Americas.

AAS 2322: Introduction to African Religions and Philosophy
Cr. 3. (3-0). Traditional African religions and philosophy.

AAS 2330: Black Liberation Theology
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: ENGL 1304. This course will examine, compare and contrast the theologies and resulting programmatic actions taken by persons espousing Black Liberation Theology.

AAS 3301: Hip Hop History and Culture
Cr. 3. (3-0). Hip Hop as a cultural phenomena, expression, and experience for African American people.

AAS 3307: African Spiritual Transformation in the Social Sciences
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: AAS 2320 and 2322. Cultural world views that shape perceptions, thoughts, feelings, behavior, and thus human experience of Africana phenomena. Emphasizing Africana culture, this course will use social science data to investigate the epistemological aspects of critical analysis, communal self-reflection and introspection of the human experience.

AAS 3310: African American Experience through Theatre
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: AAS 2320 or consent of instructor. Critical analysis and issues relevant to contemporary works of African-American playwrights in historical and sociological contexts.

AAS 3330: African American Studies Oral History and Field Research
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: AAS 2320 and AAS 3379 or consent of instructor. Development of oral history as a discipline and its use in developing sources for African American and Africans history. Practical training in oral interviewing techniques through field work.

AAS 3340: Seminar in African American Sociolinguistics
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: AAS 2320 or consent of instructor. Significant theories and arguments concerning the genesis, maintenance, and social function of African American English. Changing and diverse character of the African American speech community as described by dialectologists, sociolinguists, and Creologists.

AAS 3348: African Americans and the Law
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: AAS 2320. Historical and contemporary analyses of American laws and constitutional decisions affecting African Americans from slavery to the present.

AAS 3350: Slavery and Race Relations in the African Diaspora
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: AAS 2320 or consent of instructor. The black experience in the Americas outside of the U.S. Historical and geographical aspects of black life and race relations, both during and after slavery, contrasted with European and Native American experiences. Common themes traced using the cross-cultural approach among Africana ethnic groups.

AAS 3354: African Nationalist Thought and Ethics in the U.S.
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: AAS 2320. Various intellectual traditions and historical developments that contribute to the quest by African people to build or recover cultural sovereignty within the U.S.

AAS 3356: Africana Thought and Philosophy
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: AAS 2320 or consent of instructor. Political and social philosophies which have shaped the struggle for Black liberation in the United States; strategies and ideologies such as integration, cultural assimilation, nonviolence, passive resistance, direct action, and Pan-Africanism; thoughts and ideas of Africana leadership figures throughout the global diaspora.

AAS 3379: Africana Oratory
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: AAS 2320 or consent of instructor. Representative African and African American oratory throughout history.

AAS 4300: African Philosophy
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: AAS 2320 or consent of instructor. Historical and contemporary African philosophical/theological concepts: cosmological, metaphysical, ontological, and ethical world view.

AAS 4330: The Black Church in America
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: ENGL 1304, MATH 1310, and AAS 2320 or equivalent. The institutional church's role in the life of black Americans and influence in the black community.

AAS 4370: Seminar in African American Studies
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: AAS 2320 and 2322 or consent of instructor. Historical, intellectual, and professional foundations of African American Studies.

AAS 4373: Black Leaders of the Twentieth Century
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisites: AAS 2320 or consent of instructor. Study of selected twentieth century African American leaders examining issues and schema of race, gender, and class. The leaders and their relationship in mass social movement.

AAS 4377: Seminar on W.E.B. DuBois
Cr. 3. (3-0). Prerequisite: AAS 2320 or consent of instructor. Writings and ideas of W.E.B. DuBois from an interdisciplinary perspective.

AAS 4440: Model African Union Seminar
Cr. 4. (3-1). Prerequisites: AAS 1310, 2320, and 4370 or consent of instructor. Historic and political process of the design and maintenance of the African Union. Requires travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Model African Union conference. Students to defray expenses for air travel and lodging.


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Catalog Publish Date: August 22, 2012
This Page Last Updated: April 16, 2013