African and African American S (AAS)

AAS 100 INTRODUCTION TO AFRICANA STUDIES

3, 3/0; DI14

Critical and systematic study of the historical and contemporary thought and experiences of continental and diasporic African peoples. Overview of the social, political, and economic forces that shaped and continue to affect continental and diasporic African experiences. The agency, creativity, perspectives, and experiences of African peoples. Contemporary issues affecting Africans and African Americans. Offered every semester.

AAS 189 TOPICS COURSE

3, 3/0

Offered occasionally.

AAS 218 AFRICAN AMERICAN POLITICAL CULTURE

3, 3/0

Political beliefs, attitudes, and practices that pertain to African American politics in a cultural context; causality and linkage inherent in the reciprocal relationship between African Americans and the American political system. Offered fall only.

Equivalent Course: PSC 218

AAS 221 THE HISTORY OF BLACK EDUCATION IN AMERICA

3, 3/0

The role of blacks in the American educational system. Changes that have taken place to improve or retard education for blacks. Approaches for providing meaningful education for blacks now and in the future. Offered occasionally.

AAS 222 THE DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN EDUCATION IN AFRICA

3, 3/0

Educational changes in Africa from the colonial era to the present and their effects on social and political issues in Africa and abroad. Offered occasionally.

AAS 230 SURVEY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN DANCE

3, 3/0

The continuity of African American dance from traditional African to contemporary American through dance technique. Introduction to several dance forms: traditional, modern, and jazz; the cultural history that influenced these dance forms; and the contributions of significant choreographers. Students attend live dance performance. Offered alternate years.

Equivalent Course: DAN 230

AAS 234 HISTORY OF THE BLACK DANCE MOVEMENT

3, 3/0

The development of African American dance and the contributions of African American artists through lecture and film. Emphasis on the evolution of traditional African dance forms and their influence on the contemporary dance vernacular. Students will attend live dance performance. Offered spring only.

Equivalent Course: DAN 234

AAS 240 AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE TO 1940

3, 3/0; DI14, HU14

African American slave narratives, poetry, fiction, essays, and drama from the eighteenth century to 1940. The influence of spirituals, gospel, the blues, jazz, sermons, and folktales on African American writing; the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s; and the development of African American revolutionary thought. Offered fall only.

Equivalent Course: ENG 240

AAS 241 AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE SINCE 1940

3, 3/0

Realism, naturalism, modernism, and postmodernism in African American literature; black revolutionary thought and artistry in the 1960s and 1970s; neo-slave narratives; African American poetry, fiction, essays, and drama from 1940 to the present; influence of spirituals, gospel, the blues, jazz, sermons, and folktales on contemporary African American writing. Offered spring only.

Equivalent Course: ENG 241

AAS 304 MODERN JAZZ

3, 3/0

Prerequisite: MUS 206. An explanation of the history and development of modern jazz from 1941 to the present. Offered occasionally.

Equivalent Course: MUS 305

AAS 305 PEOPLES OF AFRICA

3, 3/0

Cross-cultural comparisons of indigenous and modern African nations. Emphasis is placed upon regional, linguistic, social, political, religious, economic, and aesthetic characteristics, as well as historical and recent population migrations on the African continent and the surrounding islands. Offered occasionally.

Equivalent Course: ANT 305

AAS 306 AFRICA TO 1800

3, 3/0

Prerequisite: Upper-division status or instructor permission. African history from the Paleolithic period to 1800. Development of agriculture, ancient civilizations of Africa, iron working societies, the trans-Saharan trade, the impact of Islam and Christianity, traditional African political and social arrangements, the slave trade, and the European presence in early modern Africa. Offered occasionally.

Equivalent Course: HIS 306

AAS 321 THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY

3, 3/0; DI14

The relationship of American social institutions and the African American family; familial relations within the African American family. Useful for students who will interact with a diverse population in their careers, e.g., education and service occupations. Offered spring only.

Equivalent Course: SOC 321

AAS 322 AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY

3, 3/0

Heritage of black Americans; African Americans' existence under slavery; their role in influencing historical events; activity in the Civil War period; the freed men during reconstruction; migration to the north and adjustment to urban life. African American leaders, institutions, and ideas, and their impact on modern America. Offered every semester.

Equivalent Course: HIS 322

AAS 333 AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

3, 3/0

African international politics vis-à-vis international relations theory, models, and concepts; power; multipolarity; bipolarity; pan-Africanism, North-South debate; approaches to international politics; and state and international organizations as international actors. Offered occasionally.

Equivalent Course: PSC 333

AAS 340 ETHNOMUSICOLOGY

3, 3/0

Prerequisite: MUS 303. Lectures, readings, and recordings introducing principal musical traditions of selected non-Western cultures, such as African, Indic, and Sinitic. Consideration of the African American tradition, including jazz and rock. Includes individual projects of music or cultural analysis. Required for music majors. Offered occasionally.

AAS 341 AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND CIVIL RIGHTS

3, 3/0

History of the landmark court decisions, laws, and governmental policies regarding the civil rights of African Americans. The course examines some of the historic relationships among race, racism, law, and public policy in America. Focuses on resistance, protest, and the quest for equality in America. Offered occasionally.

Equivalent Course: HIS 341

AAS 351 SOCIOLOGY OF RACE AND ETHNICITY

3, 3/0; DI14

Prerequisite: SOC 100. The study of racial and ethnic groups in American and other societies; focuses on forms, causes, and effects of prejudice and ethnic conflicts, and the changing relationships of these groups to the larger society. Possible solutions to social problems involving issues of race and ethnicity are also explored. Offered every semester.

Equivalent Course: SOC 351

AAS 380 ART OF AFRICA

3, 3/0

The history of art in Africa from prehistory through the twentieth century. Arts from diverse regions of the continent are examined in their cultural context, with an emphasis on local and regional variations in style and iconography in the domestic, sacred, and royal arts. African responses to the development of slavery, imperialism, and other external stimuli are considered in relation to the use and trade of raw materials and the creation of new symbolic forms. Offered alternate years.

Equivalent Course: FAR 380

AAS 386 BLACK THEATRE WORKSHOP I

3, 3/0

See the Undergraduate Course Catalog.

AAS 389 TOPICS IN AFRICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES

1-3, 1/0

Examination of current issues or topics in African and African American Studies; offered occasionally.

AAS 411 AFRICAN FAMILY

3, 3/0

The family, kinship, and marriage among the peoples of Africa. Emphasis on the interrelationships of kinship with other aspects of culture. Offered occasionally.

AAS 421 BLACK DRAMA IN AMERICA

3, 3/0

Prerequisites: CWP 102 or equivalent. An exploratory and critical analysis of African-American playwrights (and playwrights of African decent) and their works. Students will participate in play readings and discussions related to the plays’ social and historical context. Offered biennially.

Equivalent Course: THA 421

AAS 425 RACE, ETHNICITY, AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE

3, 3/0

Prerequisites: CRJ 101 and senior level status. The current state of race relations in society and the criminal justice system; the historical experiences of different racial and ethnic groups in the United States and their relation to law and the criminal justice system as victims, offenders, and officials in criminal justice institutions. Offered every semester.

Equivalent Course: CRJ 425

AAS 468 READINGS IN AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY

3, 3/0

The major historical writings on selected periods and topics in African American history. Readings, discussions, and writing book reviews and biographical essays. Offered occasionally.

Equivalent Course: HIS 468

AAS 469 BLACK PROTEST AND LEADERSHIP IN THE U.S. IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

3, 3/0

The black protest movements and leaders in twentieth-century America. Offered occasionally.

Equivalent Course: HIS 469

AAS 485 ADVANCED SEMINAR IN AFRICANA STUDIES

3, 3/0

Prerequisites: 12 credits of AAS and senior standing. Detailed exploration of contemporary issues affecting African and African American peoples. Capstone course that seeks to integrate the knowledge acquired in the interdisciplinary study of African and African American peoples. Emphasis on analysis of issues, evaluation of solutions, and creative problem solving.

AAS 495 SPECIAL PROJECT

1-3, 0/0

AAS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY

3-9, 0/0

Prerequisite: Faculty adviser permission must be secured prior to registration. Offered occasionally.