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“A people without knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots.”
Marcus Garvey 


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African American Studies





Spring 2018

Note: The following courses are effective as of fall 2018 pending approval of the AFAM Minor.  For those of you completing your AFAM Minor before then, please consult the list of electives on the AFAM Minor page here

Undergraduate Minor

Required Courses

AFAM 190 African American Experience, with C. Hopson and A. Rosa (online with Asare)

African American life and experiences in the United States viewed from a cross-disciplinary perspective. Seven core subjects are surveyed: African American history, religion, politics, creative productions (music, dance, theatre), economics, social organizations and psychology.

AFAM 353 (Spring 2018, AFAM 490): African American Seminar: Radical Blackness,with C. Hopson

Prerequisite(s): AFAM 190 or permission of instructor. Designed primarily for advanced students. This seminar will include topics dealing with the African American experience, present or past.



Note: Pending approval these courses will count toward the minor beginning fall 2018.  Additional courses may be approved with approval from your advisor.

AFAM 343: Communities of Struggle, with A. Rosa

Prerequisite(s): AFAM 190 or permission of instructor; 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations courses, or junior status. Examines the relationship between distinct communities of struggle in Africa and the African Diaspora and the impact of African American social movements on a range of liberation struggles within this context.

COMM 463 Intercultural Communication (Honors),with J. Kong

Prerequisite(s): COMM 200; COMM 300 (may be taken concurrently) or instructor permission. Honors Eligibility or 3.2 overall university GPA required.  Creates an understanding of dimensions of communication theory that apply across cultural boundaries. Emphasis is placed on both theoretical and practical awareness of communication in and between cultures.

ENG/AFAM 393 African American Literature, with C. Lewis

Prerequisite(s): ENG 200 or permission of instructor. A critical study of the contributions of African-American writers to American literature.

FLK 330 Cultural Connections/Diversity, with B. Kaufkins and T. Evans

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations courses, or junior status.Service learning course that examines the diversity of American culture and engages students in activities to develop skills in working with a variety of cultural groups

HIST 359 Blacks in American History since 1877, with J. Graves (online)

A chronological study of African American history and culture from 1619 to 1877 with an emphasis on black contributions to American life and thought.

SOCL 362 Race, Class and Gender, with A. Onyekwuluje

Prerequisite(s): Sociology 100 or consent of instructor. The five primary institutions (family, religion, economy, education government) as they affect and are affected by race, class, and gender in America. Explores interrelationships among those institutions and between various racial and other groups.


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