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African American and Diaspora Studies (AAST)

1000 Level | 2000 Level | 3000 Level | 4000 Level | 5000 Level

USP Codes are listed in brackets by the 1991 USP code followed by the 2003 USP code (i.e. [M2<>QB]).

1000. Introduction to African American Studies. 3. [C1<>D] Surveys African presence in America. Selected teachings are designed to give the student a concise understanding of the heritage of African people in America.

1030. Social Justice in the 21st Century. 3. [{none}<>I, D] Appropriate for students interested in diversity and social justice. Topics covered through an interdisciplinary study of people and society range from identity, critical thinking, empowerment, role models, stereotyping, institutional discrimination, and tolerance. The key lynchpin is active participation in the development and maintenance of just communities.  Cross listed with AMST/ CHST/ WMST/ AIST 1030.  Enrollment preference will be given to We The People FIG students.

2240. Introduction to African Studies. 3. [{none}<>WB] Confront African stereotypes by exploring the continent's complex history and current affairs. These realities will be reached with the help of different disciplinary perspectives, such as economics, political science, and anthropology. Equipped with the basics, students will be primed to tackle more advanced courses on Africa. Cross listed with INST 2240. Prerequisites: WA or equivalent.

2350. African American Literature. 3. [{none}<>WB, D] Encompasses poetry, fiction, drama and autobiography from the Harlem Renaissance and earlier to present. Cross listed with ENGL 2350. Prerequisite: WA.

2360. African-American History. 3. Surveys African-American history in America, particularly emphasizing issues of identity, class, and progress as well as exploring African-Americans' quest for full participation in American life. Cross listed with HIST 2360. Prerequisites: none. (Offered based on sufficient demand and resources)

2410. Survey of Afro-Caribbean Cultures 3. [C1, G1<>(none)] Examines the diverse cultural dimensions of the Caribbean (e.g., music, language, religion, politics, and lifestyles) in relation to its historical retentions in West Africa. A critical study of pre and post colonialism and its affects on contemporary Caribbean society is a major emphasis of this course. These critical paradigms also include the study of Afro-Caribbean populations in America. Prerequisites: none.

2450. Traditional African Religion. 3. [C2, G1<>CH, G] Surveys traditional religions of Africa, both ancient and contemporary. Cross listed with RELI 2450. Prerequisites: none.

2730. African Creativity and Ritual. 3. [CA, G<>CA, G] In a thematic organization, explores both North African an Sub-Saharan cultures, incorporating issues pertinent to art history, African American studies, religious studies and women's studies. Looks at music, dance, body language, festival celebration, coming of age rituals, fertility rites, harvests and funerals. Prerequisites: none. Cross listed with ART 2730 and ANTH 2730.

3000. African American Studies in Music. 3. [C3<>(none)] Surveys African American music from its origins in Africa to current, popular jazz, rock, soul and rap forms. Prerequisite: AAST 1000 or any AAST 2000-level course.

3010. The African American Aesthetic. 3. [C1<>(none)] Examines inter-relationship of the creative process with cultural and philosophical motifs, as well as the spiritual and the artistic amongst African people on the continent and Diaspora. Prerequisite: AAST 1000 or any AAST 2000-level course.

3100. The African American Experience before 1865. 3. A lecture, discussion, and writing course on the experience of African Americans in the United States. Begins with the northern migration of Afro-Mexicans, in the 17th Century, CE, and ends with the Civil War and the emancipation of the slaves. Prerequisites: AAST 1000 or 3 hours in history; and WA.

3110. The African American Experience After 1865. 3. [C2<>(none)] Experience of African Americans in the United States. Begins with the emancipation of the slaves and traces the evolution of "black" culture and identity; the construction and destruction of racial segregation, and the continuing struggle for freedom. Prerequisite: AAST 1000 or 3 hrs. in history.

3120. Africa Since 1800. [C2, G1<>(none)] Survey of African history from the onset of the 19th century to the present day. Designed to provide an introduction to the main historical themes of the African past and an understanding of some of the main issues confronting Africa today. Cross listed with HIST 3120. Prerequisite: AAST 1000, any AAST 2000-level course, or AAST/HIST 2360.

3130. Global Impact of African Cultures. 3. Examines concepts of culture and value systems as applied to Africa and African-derived cultures and the impact on civilizations around the globe. Using the lens of the Diaspora, this course examines aspects of African culture on the African continent along with the traditions, experiences, socialization, and histories that continue for dispersed peoples of African descent. Prerequisite: AAST 1000 or any AAST 2000-level course.

3260. African Spirits in the New World. 3. [(none)CH, G] Begins with Yoruba roots in Africa travels with the African Diaspora focusing on spirit possession in Haitian Vodou, Cuban Santeria, Jamaican Revival Zion, Jamaican Rastafarianism, Brazilian Candomblé, and "Black Church" in the United States using ethnography and postcolonial theory of religious studies. Cross listed with RELI 3260. Prerequisites: AAST 1000 or any AAST 2000-level course or RELI 1000.

3400. The Origins of African America, 1440-1807. 3. [C2<>(none)] Deals with the introduction of slavery into sugar plantations off the coast of West Africa in the 15th Century, CE; the Atlantic slave trade; the development of plantation societies in the "New World;" the Haitian Revolution; and the end of the legal slave trade to Anglophone America. Prerequisites: AAST 1000 or 3 hours of history; and WA.

3450. The Emergence of African America, 1807 to the Present. 3. [C2<>(none)] Looks, comparatively, at the slavery experience in sugar, cotton, rice, tobacco, and coffee cultures; the evolution of African American culture and society; the end of slavery; and the post-emancipation experience. Prerequisites: AAST 1000 or 3 hours of history; and WA.

3670. African Diaspora. 3. [C2, G1<>CS, G] Examines the process through which aspects of African culture have endured in the Diaspora. Analyzes the social relations between Diaspora Africans and non-African populations in North and South America, the Caribbean, Britain, Asia, and the Mediterranean. Cross listed with HIST 3670. Prerequisites: AAST 1000, any AAST 2000 level course, or AAST/HIST 2360.

4000. Quest for Civil Rights from 1619 to the Present. 3. [(none)<>CH] In-depth study of the struggle for civil rights by African Americans. Emphasizes political, socio-economic and philosophical elements that shaped public policy, legislation and judicial decisions; the Civil Rights Era (1954-1968); and contemporary interpretations of African American civil rights. Prerequisite: AAST 1000.

4020. The Black West. 3. [C1<>(none)] Historically surveys African pioneers in the west, and legacy of the Black West (i.e. the black cavalry and cowboy). Prerequisite: AAST 1000.

4050. Development, Africa, and Culture. 3. Focuses on the complex and checkered relationships between Western-inspired development and African cultures. Striking a balance among ethnographic case studies, theoretical lenses, and practical implications, understand what Euro-American efforts at foreign development, including contemporary globalization, look like from an African perspective. Provides an understanding of African expectations of development and developers. Dual listed with AAST 5050; cross listed with INST 4050. Prerequisites: junior standing and instructor consultation.

4060. NGOs, Development, and Culture. 3. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have grown exponentially in number and are often viewed as the new and best vehicle for international development. Focuses on international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), in contexts of Western aid to post-colonial societies and the role they play in the international aid system. Understand INGOs from historical, global, and cultural perspectives. Dual listed with AAST 5060; cross listed with INST 4060. Prerequisites: junior standing and instructor consultation.

4100. African American Religious Culture. 3. [C2, G1<>WC, D] This mid-level writing-intensive seminar is a comparative study of African American religious celebration, primarily in the context of Afro-Christianity, but touching on Islam, Candomble, "Voodoo," Santeria, and Rastafarianism. Cross listed with RELI 4100.  Prerequisites: WB and one of the following: AAST 1000 or any AAST 2000-level course or RELI 1000.

4160. African American Rhetoric. 3. [(none)<>CH, D] African American discourse and its relationship to equality and participation.  Using the struggle of African Americans as an instructive exemplar, it will come to terms with the philosophical concepts, political issues, moral complexities, and discursive characteristics of African American Rhetoric.  Dual listed with AAST 5160; cross listed with COJO 4160. Prerequisites: AAST 1000, any AAST 2000-level course, junior or senior standing, or nine credit hours in any level COJO course.

4190. Dimensions of Racism. 3. Explores the effects of racism on African people in America using an African centered framework. We will look at the ways racism intersects with sexism, classism, and heterosexism/homophobia within the African community both in America and throughout the Diaspora. Dual listed with AAST 5190; cross listed with COJO 4190. Prerequisites: AAST 1000, any AAST 2000-level course, junior or senior standing, or nine credit hours in any level COJO course. 

4231. Minority Media Ownership. 3. [(none)<>CS, D] Examines ethnic-owned media organizations in the United States. Addresses African American, Latino, Asian, Native American as well as Arab American owned media. Examines the markets and audiences that ethnic owned media serve and the implications of regulatory, economical, and technological changes in the media industry. Cross listed with COJO 4231. Prerequisite: AAST 1000, any AAST 2000 level course, junior/senior standing, or nine credits in any level COJO course.

4233. Race, Ethnicity, Gender in the Media. 3. [(none)<>D] Examines the role mass media play in the Black community using an African centered framework. Through a historical, sociological, and cultural analysis, students will develop a critical understanding of the way the mass media embraces white supremacy and uses stereotypes and prejudice to influence society's views about Black people. Dual listed with AAST 5233; cross listed with WMST 4233. Prerequisite: AAST 1000, any AAST 2000-level course, or three hours of any level of WMST courses, and junior/senior standing.

4250 [4200]. The Harlem Renaissance. 3. [(none)<>D] Examines the florescence of African American creativity, centered in Harlem, New York, between the end of World War I and the onset of the Great Depression. This movement had a tremendous impact on African American culture in and outside of the U.S., including Africa and the Caribbean. Dual listed with AAST 5250; cross listed with AMST 4250. Prerequisites: AAST 1000, AMST 2010, AMST 2110, any AAST 2000-level course, junior or senior standing, or nine credit hours in any level AMST course.

4400. Black Politics, 1867 to the Present. 3. African American participation in partisan electoral politics in the United States from Reconstruction to the current presidential election. Cross listed with POLS 4400. Prerequisites: AAST 1000, any AAST 2000-level course, or POLS 1000 and junior or senior standing.

4450. African American Novel. 3. Considers aesthetic dimension and cultural matrix of novels written by Black Americans. Cross list with ENGL 4450. Prerequisites: AAST 1000, any AAST 2000 level course, junior/senior standing, six hours of 2000-level literature courses in ENGL.

4455. Literature of Enslavement. 3-4 (Max. 4). [(none)<>D] Students engage in an in-depth study of the literary voices that emerged from the history of enslavement in the Americas from colonial times through the end of Reconstruction in 1877. Dual listed with AAST 5455; cross listed with ENGL 4455. Prerequisites: AAST 1000, any AAST 2000 level course, and Junior or Senior Standing, or six credit hours of literature courses in ENGL.

4546. Agriculture: Rooted in Diversity. 3. [(none)<>C, D] Addresses multiple themes related to diversity in agriculture with the goal of making visible the experiences of minorities and women in agriculture.  Involves significant independent research, class discussion, project development, and development of oral and written communication skills.  Establishes linkages with supporting disciplines.  Cross listed with ENGL/ AGRI/ AIST/ CHST/ HIST/ AMST/ FCSC 4546. Prerequisites:  Junior class standing or consent of instructor and concurrent enrollment or major in any of the following:  ethnic studies, agriculture, American studies, anthropology, English, history, sociology, or women's studies.

4675. U.S. Women of Color. 3. [(none)<>D] Examines in comparative perspective the social conditions that shape the experiences of Chicanas/Latinas in the U.S. Students gain an understanding of how the intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality shape the lived experiences of U.S. women of color through ideological, economic, and political forces. Cross listed with CHST/WMST 4675. Prerequisite: junior standing and/or a combination of 3-6 hours of any level of CHST, WMST, or AAST coursework.

4970. Internship in AAST. 1-12. Designed for students to utilize the knowledge and skills obtained in their program of study to be applied at an organization or institution. Students will provide a job description, sign an internship contract, keep daily work journals, provide work samples, submit a paper, and include a final evaluation by their Internship supervisor. Prerequisites: 9 hours in AAST courses.

4975. Independent Research. 1-3 (Max. 6). Independent study in African American Studies. Prerequisites: AAST 1000 and consent of instructor.

4990. Topics:_____. 1-3 (Max. 12). In-depth study of a topic not offered as regular course. Prerequisite: AAST 1000.

5050. Development, Africa, and Culture. 3. Focuses on the complex and checkered relationships between Western-inspired development and African cultures. Striking a balance among ethnographic case studies, theoretical lenses, and practical implications, understand what Euro-American efforts at foreign development, including contemporary globalization, look like from an African perspective. Provides an understanding of African expectations of development and developers. Dual listed with AAST 4050; cross listed with INST 5050. Prerequisites: junior standing and instructor consultation.

5060. NGOs, Development, and Culture. 3. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have grown exponentially in number and are often viewed as the new and best vehicle for international development. Focuses on international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), in contexts of Western aid to post-colonial societies and the role they play in the international aid system. Understand INGOs from historical, global, and cultural perspectives. Dual listed with AAST 4060; cross listed with INST 5060. Prerequisites: junior standing and instructor consultation.

5160. African American Rhetoric. 3. African American discourse and its relationship to equality and participation. Using the struggle of African Americans as an instructive exemplar, it comes to terms with the philosophical concepts, political issues, moral complexities, and discursive characteristics of African American rhetoric. Dual listed with AAST 4160; cross listed with COJO 5160. Prerequisite: AAST 1000, any AAST 2000-level course, junior or senior standing, or nine credit hours in any level COJO course.

5190. Dimensions of Racism. 3. Explores the effects of racism on African people in America using an African centered framework. We will look at the ways racism intersects with sexism, classism, and heterosexism/homophobia within the African community both in America and throughout the Diaspora. Dual listed with AAST 4190; cross listed with COJO 5190. Prerequisites: AAST 1000, any AAST 2000-level course, junior or senior standing, or nine credit hours in any level COJO course. 

5233. Race, Ethnicity, Gender in the Media. 3. Examines the role mass media plays in the Black community using an African centered framework. Through a historical, sociological, and cultural analysis, students will develop a critical understanding of the way the mass media embraces white supremacy and uses stereotypes and prejudice to influence society's views about Black people. Dual listed with AAST 4233; cross listed with WMST 5233. Prerequisite: AAST 1000, any AAST 2000-level course, or three hours of any level of WMST courses, and junior/senior standing.

5250. The Harlem Renaissance. 3. Examines the florescence of African American creativity, centered in Harlem, New York, between the end of World War I and the onset of the Great Depression. This movement had a tremendous impact on African American culture in and outside of the U.S., including Africa and the Caribbean. Dual listed with AAST 4250; cross listed with AMST 5250. Prerequisites: AAST 1000, AMST 2010, AMST 2110, any AAST 2000-level course, junior or senior standing, or nine credit hours in any level AMST course.

5455. Literature of Enslavement. 3-4 (Max. 4). Students engage in an in-depth study of the literary voices that emerged from the history of enslavement in the Americas from colonial times through the end of Reconstruction in 1877. Dual listed with AAST 4455; cross listed with ENGL 5455. Prerequisites: AAST 1000, any AAST 2000 level course, and Junior or Senior Standing, or six credit hours of literature courses in ENGL.

5560. Black Popular Culture. 3. Approaches African American popular culture from theoretical perspectives which include black feminist, postcolonial, and poststructuralist analyses. Cross listed with AMST 5560. Prerequisites: graduate standing; instructor consent for undergraduate students.  

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