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AFRO-A 106 Perspectives from the African American Diaspora   (1-3 cr.)

This course is a study of selected topics or issues in Afro-American/African Diaspora Studies usually coordinated with symposia and/or conferences sponsored by the AADS Program. This course will expose students to current trends in research techniques, new research, allow them to interact with nationally and internationally known scholars and leaders in the area of AAADS. PUL=1A

AFRO-A 140 Introduction to African American and African Diaspora Studies (3 cr.)

Introduction to the theory, method, and content of African American and African Diaspora Studies. Examines the social, political, cultural, and economic experiences of people comprising the African Diaspora. Utilizes an interdisciplinary approach and conceptual, theoretical, and analytical frameworks to illustrate the interconnectedness of black peoples experiences and the importance of studying AAADS as a field of scholarly inquiry. PUL=1A

AFRO-A 150 Survey of the Culture of Black Americans (3 cr.)

An introduction to the traditions, life, and experiences of Africans in the United States. The course utilizes learning resources from a variety of disciplines, including history, literature, and the social sciences. PUL=1A

AFRO-A 152 Introduction to African Studies (3 cr.)

This course provides students with an interdisciplinary, introductory perspective on African continuities and changes.  The course will focus on contemporary African societies while considering the lessons learned through the vestiges of slavery, colonization, apartheid and liberation struggles on the continent. PUL=1A

AFRO-A 200 Research in African American and African Diaspora Studies (3 cr.)

Introduce students to basic tools, techniques and processes of scholarly research in African American and African Diaspora Studies. Students learn and apply technology as it pertains to research, address ethical issues, gain an understanding of basic statistical techniques in research and gain proficiency in reading, writing, understanding, and critiquing research articles, abstracts, and proposals. PUL=1C

AFRO-A 202 The West and the African Diaspora (3 cr.)

An introduction to Western Europe’s and America’s perception of Africa and Africans. Emphasis is on the image of Africans and their New World descendants, as constructed by European and American intellectuals. PUL=1A

AFRO-A 249 Afro-American Autobiography (3 cr.)

A survey of autobiographies written by black Americans in the last two centuries. The course emphasizes how the autobiographers combine the grace of art and the power of argument to urge the creation of genuine freedom in America. PUL=1A

AFRO-A 255 The Black Church in America (3 cr.)

History of the black church from slavery to the present emphasis on the church’s role as a black social institution, its religious attitudes as expressed in songs and sermons, and its political activities as exemplified in the minister-politician. PUL=5

AFRO-A 303 Topics in African American and African Diaspora Studies (1-3 cr.)

Study of selected topics or issues in Afro-American studies occasionally, but not always, coordinated with symposia and/or conferences sponsored by the AAADS Program. PUL=1A

AFRO-A 303 Powerful Black Men (3 cr.)

Usually Black-men in American social science literature and in popular community cultures tend to be considered as deviant, irresponsible, under performers, clowns, jive timers and in other less than flattering ways. This eight week course focuses on the unspeakable, namely the attributes of justice oriented powerful black men, a racialized gender topic rarely explored. We will critically examine the life stories of powerful black men centered in a model for understanding the attributes of powerful black men.

AFRO-A 306 Globalization, Struggle, and Empowerment in the African Diaspora (3 cr.)

Examines the shared cultural, political, social, and intellectual responses to the transoceanic experiences of African diasporic populations. Utilizes interdisciplinary tools and perspectives to understand the impact of colonialism, imperialism, and globalization on African populations of the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and selected Western European nations during the modern era. PUL=5

AFRO-A 310 African American Religions (3 cr.)

History of African American religions from the colonial era to the present.  Topics may include the African influences on African American religion, the presence of conjure, black Methodism, black Baptist women's leadership, Islam, and new religious movements.  

AFRO-A 311 Religion and Racism (3 cr.)

Explores the interaction of religion and racism.  Selected case studies may include the bible and racism, racial reconciliation among evangelical Christians, the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana, and Islamophobia

AFRO- A 323 The Rise of the Hip Hop Entrepreneurs (3 cr.)

This course will examine the historical evolution of hip hop as a sociopolitical and linguistic expression of the trials and tribulation of urban, largely inner city youth and the subsequent transformation of their various linguistic expressions into a musical genre that became one ot the most electrifying and successful phenomenon of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. 

AFRO-A 324 South Africa in Global Economy (3 cr.)

This Course examines South Africa’s movement from an apartheid system of government to one that now embraces democracy and politicL Pluralism. It also examines in detail the historical evolution and development of apartheid in South Africa by looking at the pre-colonial,colonial and post-colonial eras.

AFRO-A 352 Afro-American Art II: Afro-American Artists (3 cr.)

A survey of the artistic traditions of the Africans in the New World, from the period of slavery in North and South America through contemporary and expatriate African American artists. PUL=1A

AFRO-A 355 African American History I (3 cr.)

A study of the history of African Americans in the United States. Includes the role African-American culture has played in the development of the American nation, Slavery, Abolitionism, Reconstruction and the post-Reconstruction to 1900. PUL=2

AFRO-A 356 African American History II (3 cr.)

This course will explore each of the major historical events and Black leaders of those times and their influence on the social and political advancement of African Americans from 1900 to the present. PUL=2

AFRO-A 369 The African American Experience (3 cr.)

This integrator course introduces students to the methodological and analytical tools needed to understand the historical background, contemporary challenges, and current policy debates about issues confronting the African American community, such as credit market discrimination, affirmative action, and reparations. A chief goal of the course is to expose students to broad themes in African American history, while also providing them with the necessary interdisciplinary tools-both qualitative and quantitative-to analyze contemporary economic problems and prospects. PUL=1A

AFRO-A 402 Seminar in African American and African Diaspora Studies (3 cr.)

Senior capstone course in African American and African Diaspora Studies.  Involves intensive discussion of selected themes/topics related to AAADS.  Students are expected to engage in in-depth library and/or field research to apply diasporic theory concepts and analysis to real life, peoples, events, and/or issues impacting people of African descent. PUL=4

AFRO-A 440 History of the Education of Black Americans (3 cr.)

This course focuses on the education of Black Americans and its relationship to the Afro-American experience. Trends and patterns in the education of Black Americans as such relate to the notions of education for whom and for what. PUL=4

AFRO-A 495 Individual Readings in African American and African Diaspora Studies (1-3 cr.)

By arrangement with instructor. Investigation of topics of special interest to students that are not covered in the regular program curriculum or that students wish to pursue in greater detail. May be repeated once for credit. PUL=3

By arrangement with instructor. Investigation of topics of special interest to students that are not covered in the regular program curriculum or that students wish to pursue in greater detail. May be repeated once for credit. PUL=3

AFRO-A 569 The African American Experience (3 cr.)

This course introduces graduate students to the methodological and analytical tools needed to understand the historical background, contemporary challenges, and current policy debates about issues confronting the African American community, such as credit market discrimination, affirmative action, and reparations. A chief goal of the course is to expose students to broad themes in African American history, while also providing them with the necessary interdisciplinary tools-both qualitative and quantitative-to analyze contemporary economic problems and prospects.