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Africana Studies

College of Liberal Arts

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Africana Studies - AFRS Courses

LOWER DIVISION

1. Writing Skills (3)

Prerequisite: Students who score 147 or below on the English Placement Test and who have not taken equivalent courses in another department are eligible for enrollment in this course.
Basic course in writing, offering intensive practice in every stage of the writing process. Writing strategies at the level of word, sentence, and paragraph. Methods for developing and organizing ideas in coherent essays. Conventional mechanics, spelling, and grammar. Also for bidialectical and ESL students.
Does not count toward graduation, but does count toward course load. Credit/No Credit grading only. Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 1 or 170A.

100. Composition (3)

Prerequisites: A recorded total score of 151 or above on the English Placement test, or credit in B/ST 1 (or its equivalent) or consent of the instructor.
Writing, revising, and editing non-fiction prose, with emphasis on exposition and argument. Critical reading strategies for research. Satisfies the baccalaureate degree requirement for one course in written composition in English. Also for bidialectical and ESL students.
Not open for credit to students with credit in ENGL 100W, B/ST 100, ASAM 100, CHLS 104.

110. Introduction to Africana Studies (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: One GE Foundation course.
A critical survey of the major themes, issues, concepts, current research, schools of thought, theorists and scholars in the discipline of Africana Studies, as well as its historical evolution and academic rationale.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 110.

115. Introduction to African Politics (3)

A review of recent developments or changes in the government, parties, political ideologies, politics, leadership and political processes in selected African countries.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 115.

120. African American History to 1865 (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: One GE Foundation course.
Survey course on African American history with origins in African culture and civilization. Focus on the role, impact and significance of African Americans in the U.S. from the colonial period through the American Revolution, enslavement and the Civil War.

121. African American History Since 1865-Present (3)

Prerequistie/Corequistie: One GE Foundation courses.
Impact of social, economic and political change on African Americans after the Reconstruction period. Issues of migration, education, cultural development and business enterprises will be examined.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 121.

140. Introduction to African American Literature (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: One GE Foundation course.
A study of selected or representative literature of the African American writer. Special attention will be given to style, content, methodology and thematic approach.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 140.

150. Critical Thinking in Africana Studies (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in AFRS 100 or equivalent.
Introduction to the nature and process of critical thinking. Extensive practice in critical reasoning directed toward developing cognitive skills and dispositions central to its application in academic work and in the analysis and advocacy of personal perspectives and social issues.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 150.

154. Introduction to Africana Women’s Studies (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: One G.E. foundation course.
Critical introduction to basic concepts, perspectives and methodology in Africana women studies, focusing on historical and contemporary continental and diasporan African women’s experience, initiatives, issues, and intersections of race/class/gender within the context of their oppression, resistance and internal creative capacity.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 154.

155. African American Music (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: One G.E. Foundation course.
Nontechnical survey of African American music. Some attention given to the impact of social movements on the musician and the music produced. Gospel, jazz and well-known derivatives will be highlighted.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 155.

160. Introduction to Africana Arts (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: One G.E. foundation course.
A presentation of prevailing themes, methodology, concepts and meaning in African American art. Equal time will be given to early and contemporary art. The work of some Continental African artists will be introduced as appropriate.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 160.

167. Exploitation of the African American Athlete (3)

Study of the socio-dynamics of amateur, professional and collegiate sports activity in the United States as it relates to the African American community. Case studies of well-known African American athletes will also be presented.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 167,

170A. Elementary Swahili (4)

Prerequisites/Corequisite: Any Foundation Course.
Introduction to grammar, syntax, comprehension, reading, writing and conversation in the language. Attention will be given to cultural context throughout the course.
Letter grade only (A-F). Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 170A.

170B. Elementary Swahili (4)

Prerequisites: AFRS 170A or equivalent competency.
A continuation of AFRS 170A. Advanced grammar, syntax, comprehension, reading, writing and conversation in the language
Letter grade only(A-F). Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 170B.

180. African American Language in America (3)

Historical, phonological, and sociological aspects of the language of African Americans; traces early uses in Africa; linguistic development from lingua franca to pidgin and creole; linguistic symbols, terms, and analysis applied to African American English; difference versus deficit theory.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 180.

200. Ancient African Civilizations (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
A study of ancient African empires, kingdoms and states, including discussions of political institutions, social structures, education, cultural values, trade and international relations.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 200.

201. History of Slavery (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Historical examination of trans-Atlantic slave trade and its impact on Africa and the Western Hemisphere. Nature of slavery in Africa, Greece, Italy, the Caribbean, the Middle East, South America, and the United States. Legacy of slavery.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 201.

205. Modern Black South African Literature (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Study of South African literature written in English by Africans since 1800’s to present. “Black” used broadly to include South Africans of mixed parentage whom the racial laws and policies of the white minority government separated, classifying them as “Coloreds.”
Letter grade only (A-F). Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 205.

210. African American Community (3)

Prerequisites: All Foundation Courses.
Examines the social structure and challenges in the community life of African-Americans as compared to other ethnic groups. Explore and analyze how institutional and stratified pattern, demographic changes, social movements, community organizational programs affect African-Americans. Case studies presented.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 210.

215. U.S. Diversity and the Ethnic Experience (3)

Prerequisities: Open only to Integrated Teacher Education Program students.
Survey of four major ethnic groups (American Indians, African American, Latino American, and Asian American) in American society from the colonial era to the present. Special attention to the formation and transformation of each ethnic group and their individual and collective roles in the development of the United States.
Same course as AIS 215, ASAM 215, CHLS 215. Not open for credit to students with credit in AIS 215, ASAM 215, B/ST 215, CHLS 215. Departments take turns offering the course in the Fall semester. Letter grade only (A-F).

240. African and African American Folklore and Culture (3)

An examination and presentation of material on folklore, folk tales, and folk heroes in the African American community. Some attention also given to African mythology.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 240.

255. Introduction to Hip Hop (3)

Prerequisites: All Foundation Courses.
A critical exploration of Hip Hop’s history and culture, which includes analysis of its impact and influence on contemporary aesthetic culture, race relations, gender politics and struggles for social justice.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 255.

UPPER DIVISION

General Education Category A must be completed prior to taking any upper division course except upper division language courses where students meet formal prerequisites and/or competency equivalent for advanced study.

304. The African Colonial Experience (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Critical examination of colonialism as a world phenomenon focusing on colonialism in Africa as the paradigm and point of departure for a specific and comparative understanding.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 304.

310. African American Male and Female Relationships (3)

A comprehensive study of male/female patterns of interaction in the African American community. Some attention given to institutional impact, role changes and projected images of relationships.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 310.

319. The Ethnic Experience in the U.S. (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Comparative study of race, cultures, and ethnic relations in U.S. society with special focus on experiences of four core groups: Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latino Americans.
Same course as AIS 319, ASAM 319, CHLS 319, WGSS 319. Not open for credit to student with credit in AIS 319, ASAM 319, CHLS 319, W/ST 319, WGSS 319. (Lecture/Discussion.)

325. Africana Psychology (3)

Prerequisite: AFRS 110 or PSY 100
Develops the concept of Africana Psychology. Using comparative techniques, the course introduces students to common consequences in the experience of being a person of African descent, or a person of color.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 325.

330. Politics of the African American Community (3)

Prerequisites: AFRS 110 and 121.
Study of the perspectives, styles, problems and dynamics of political activity in the African American Community.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 330.

331. African American Juvenile (3)

Prerequisite: AFRS 210 or consent of instructor.
Critical approach to the problem of juvenile justice in the African American community.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 331.

332. Civil Rights and the Law (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements
Designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the interaction between the American legal system and civil rights of African Americans, other minorities, women and the general citizenry.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 332.

335. Economic Development in the African American Community (3)

Prerequisites: AFRS 110 and 121
Development of business and banking institutions in the African American community. Some attention given to the impact of external factors on development.
Letter grade only (A-F). Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 335.

337. Cultures of African Peoples (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirement, AFRS 200 or consent of instructor.
Critical presentation of a cultural map of African people, emphasizing geography, migration and cultural similarities.

343A. African Literature (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements and one or more Exploration courses.
A general survey of traditional and contemporary African Literature within the context of the historical, political, social, economic, and cultural movements. Also a comparison of Pan-African literature and Western literature.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 343A.

343B. Caribbean Literature (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation.
A general survey of traditional and contemporary Caribbean literature within the context of the historical, political, social, economic and cultural movements. Also a comparison of Pan-African literature and Western literature.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 343B.

345. Politics of Black Power (3)

Systematic analysis of the Black Power movement of the 1960’s, including contributions and contradictions of major organizations, leadership, and ideologies.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 345.

346. Africana Theatre (3)

Prerequisites: All Foundation Courses
Introductory survey course of Africana theatre as a historic medium, profoundly revealing in its humanistic, literary, social and cultural heritage as it relates to Africa, America and the Caribbean.
(Lecture 2 hours, activity 2 hours.) Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 346.

353I. Religions of African Peoples (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of the GE Foundation, one or more exploration courses and upper division standing.
Critical examination of selected spiritual and ethical traditions of the world African community with emphasis on Maat, Ifa, Christianity and Islam, their sacred texts and commentaries, major themes, representative figures, and comparative analyses of their continental and diaspora expressions.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 353I.

354. African American Women and the Civil Rights Movement (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the GE Foundation requirements
A critical examination of vital and multiple roles African American women played in the modern civil rights movement. Emphasis on African American women’s agency, activism and shared vision, and role as an essential political force in reconceiving and reshaping U.S. history.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 354.

363. History of African Art (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements
Survey of African art from antiquity to the present as an integral part of African culture, including historical, cultural and religious contexts.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 363.

370. African and African American Images in the Mass Media (3)

Prerequisite: AFRS 121
Examination of portrayal of African and African American people in mass media, past and present. Primary emphasis on newspapers, radio, films and television.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 370.

380. African Political Theory (3)

Prerequisite: AFRS 115.
Examination of theorists and theories which shape African political philosophy. Special attention given to the concepts of Pan-Africanism, African socialism, Negritude and revolution.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 380.

381. African Americans and Party Politics (3)

Analysis of African American participation in U.S. political party process. Special features include information on African American participation in Republican, Democratic and third-party organizations. Material and discussion on independent African American political party efforts included.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 381.

400I. African American Social Thought (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Exploration courses, and upper-division standing.-
Survey of African American intellectual history, with emphasis on social theories and opposing schools of intellectual thought.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 400I.

404. Contemporary Issues of the Africana World (3)

Study of the shifting power and international status of the Africana world. Domestic issues, geo-politics and the diplomatic policies of selected countries will be highlighted.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 404.

410. The African American Family (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements. AFRS 325 or consent of instructor.
Systematic study and social-historical analysis of the structure and function of the African American Family in the United States. Sociological/ theoretical analysis of the models of family units, roles and interpersonal relations in society. Comparison with other family units in America.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 410.

415. International Africana Children’s Literature (3)

A survey of literature for and/or about African and African American children by authors from Africa, the U.S. the Caribbean and the rest of the Diaspora.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 415.

420. African American Children in Public Schools (3)

Theories, concepts and principles relating to the intellectual growth, development and learning of African American children.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 420.

423. Issues in Psychological Assessment of African Americans (3)

Prerequisites: candidates must have working knowledge of statistical concepts, upper-division standing in Africana Studies or consent of instructor.
Examination of issues, problems, and practices in the assessment of African American children.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 423.

430. African Political Leadership in the Twentieth Century (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Critical examination of African’s search for national liberation and cohesion, collectively built institutions, movements/parties and ideological self-definition. Comparative study of traditional African leadership concepts and modern forms. Focus on selected countries and major African leaders.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 430,

450. Africana Writers Workshop (3)

Prerequisite: ENGL 100, AFRS 100, or equivalent.
Requires extensive writing in four major areas: poetry, drama, fiction and documentaries. It assumes that technical or grammatical problems of writing have been taken care of and focuses on themes which are Afrocentric.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 450.

452. Crime and Justice in the African American Context (3)

Prerequisite: AFRS 210 or 332
Study of the interrelationship between criminal behavior, race, ethnicity, class, social context and the criminal justice system.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 452.

454I. Africana Womanism: An Intellectual History (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of the G.E. foundation requirements, one or more exploration courses and upper division standing.
Historical and critical study of the major schools of thought in Africana womanism, including continental and diasporan sources, historical evolution, cultural grounding, methodology, discourse on and with feminism, enduring and current issues and its relevance and relation to social change.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 454I.

460. Continental African Thought (3)

Prerequisite: Background knowledge of African history, culture or society highly recommended.
Analysis of philosophical, social and religious systems of thought of Africa from antiquity to the present.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 460.

475. Racism and Sexism: An Analytical Approach (3)

Prerequisite: AFRS 332
An examination of institutions and a study of legislation which has been written and implemented in consequence of racism and sexism in American society. Social theories used to support and reject concepts of racism and sexism will also be presented.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 475.

490. Special Topics in Africana Studies (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Topics of current interest in Africana Studies selected for intensive development.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics in the same semester. Topics will be announced in the Schedule of Classes. Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 490.

495. Research Methods in Africana Studies (3)

Prerequisites: AFRS 110 and 6 units upper division work in Africana Studies. For Department majors.
Presents information on use of scientific methods in Africana Studies, research theory, research design, sampling, measurement and science techniques. Focuses on instrument construction as well as test reliability and validity.
Letter grade only (A-F). Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 495.

498I. Ancient Egyptian Ethical Thought (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of the G.E. Foundation, one or more Exploration courses, and upper division standing.
Critical study of ethical thought of ancient Egypt with due attention to theological, literary and socio-historical context in which it was developed and evolved, including examination of its major ethical texts and comparative analysis with surrounding traditions.
Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 498I.

499. Directed Studies (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Permits individual students to pursue topics of special research interest.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Not open for credit to students with credit in B/ST 499.