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African American Studies

Courses

AFAM 1211     Introduction to African American Studies
4 Semester Hours
An introductory course designed to give an overview of African American Studies in order to familiarize the student with the history, culture, aspirations, and contemporary issues of the African American experience.

AFAM 1998     Special Studies
1-4 Semester Hours

AFAM 1999     Independent Studies
1-4 Semester Hours

AFAM 2221    Black Cultural Arts
4 Semester Hours
A study of Black American art forms, such as music, dance, theatre, film, painting, sculpture, and literature, as they have developed in the African Diaspora from slavery to the modern age.

AFAM 2243    Social Science Research Methods
4 Semester Hours
An introduction to scientific inquiry and research methods in the social sciences with special emphasis on African Americans.

AFAM 2261    Gospel Choir I
1 Semester Hour
AFAM 2262    Gospel Choir II
1 Semester Hour
AFAM 2263    Gospel Choir III
1 Semester Hour
AFAM 2264    Gospel Choir IV
1 Semester Hour
An experience of singing Gospel music including traditional and contemporary Gospel, Afro-American spirituals, Praise and Worship and hymns.  

AFAM 2623     Comics, Race and Representation
4 Semester Hours
Explores comics as agents of cultural, moral and intellectual decline and progress in American society and pop culture in relationship to concerns about racial representation within the medium.

AFAM 2998     Special Studies
1-4 Semester Hours

AFAM 2999    Independent Studies
1-4 Semester Hours

AFAM 3211    African American History
4 Semester Hours
An analysis of the historical forces which shaped the African American Experience from past to present.

AFAM 3231    The African American Religious Tradition
4 Semester Hours
This course follows the struggles and triumphs of African Americans through the various theological developments and contributions of selected African American theologians, sociologists, intellectuals and religious leaders.

AFAM 3241    Africana Philosophy
4 Semester Hours
An exploration of themes and movements in Africana philosophy with special emphasis on the critique of exclusively Eurocentric philosophical paradigms.

AFAM 3432    Black Families
4 Semester Hours
This course examines relevant issues about life within the Black Family and the impact that these issues have on the individual, the community, and the society at large. Emphasis is placed on myths, gender roles, socialization, parenting styles, and male/female relationships. The course gives students an opportunity to select an aspect of Black life and do an in-depth critical analysis of it with a focus on the current research, competing views, and implications for the future.

AFAM 3621    African American Literature
4 Semester Hours
A study of the major themes in selected works of African American Literature; examination of their social, historical, cultural and contemporary significance.

AFAM 3623    American Cinema and Black Representation
4 Semester Hours
This course examines race in American society through the history and criticism of the Black image in film. Students will learn how to critically “read” film for the ideological subtext as well as the social and political symbolism of the representations of African Americans in American film.

AFAM 3643    Sociology of the Black Community
4 Semester Hours
A survey of the effects of long-standing discrimination and deprivation upon family structure, occupational patterns, health and educational conditions, motivation, and personal as well as group identity. An analysis of the Black power concept and its influence upon the growing community control of the ghetto.

AFAM 3998    Special Studies
1-4 Semester Hours

AFAM 3999    Independent Studies
1-4 Semester Hours

AFAM 4241    Race, Gender and the Law
4 Semester Hours
Explores the ways in which the American legal system has contributed to the shaping of race and gender in American culture.

AFAM 4422    Hip Hop Culture
4 Semester Hours
This course will explore how and why hip hop has become a global phenomenon, examining themes within hip hop culture with a primary focus on race, gender, class, sexuality, and youth politics.

AFAM 4433    Black Culture and Identities
4 Semester Hours
This course focuses on a critical interrogation of notions of blackness and authenticity in racial identification. The course examines constructions and (mis)representations of blackness, mixed race, as well as trans-national expressions of culture, resistance, and self-expression in the construction of family and identities.

AFAM 4631    Black Los Angeles
4 Semester Hours
Examines the growth and evolution of African American communities in Los Angeles, as well as the "representation" of Black Los Angelinos as a part of a broad context of the multi-cultural development of Los Angeles into the metropolis it is today.

AFAM 4641    Capstone Project
4 Semester Hours
Designed as a capstone experience for African American Studies majors and minors. In a seminar format, students will be challenged to integrate knowledge, skills gained in course work, and life experiences into a meaningful project that meets the challenge of academic excellence and social responsibility. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

AFAM 4642    Sex, Race, and Violence
4 Semester Hours
This course examines the issues of sex, race, and violence and their implications for the individual, the family, and the community. Emphasis is placed on the role of socialization and the myths that impact societal attitudes about sex and violence. Students have an opportunity to identify and to explore factors that influence the manifestation of physical violence (including dating violence, child abuse, and domestic violence) and sexual violence (including date rape, stranger rape, and marital rape) across the dimensions of race, ethnicity, and gender.

AFAM 4644    African American Social Thought
4 Semester Hours
A survey of the development of African American social thought with special emphasis upon current philosophies which have influenced contemporary African American social movements.

AFAM 4998    Special Studies
1-4 Semester Hours

AFAM 4999    Independent Studies
1-4 Semester Hours

AFAM 5998 Special Studies
1-4- Semester Hours

AFAM 5999 Independent Studies
1-4 Semester Hours