Course Offerings 2015-2016


Fall 2015


Track I - Africa

AAA 200 Understanding Africa
An introduction to the theoretical, conceptual and historical framework that has shaped the study of Africa and a multidisciplinary survey of the main topics and issues facing the African continent as a vehicle for understanding African studies and making sense of Africa's evolution. Satisfies Social Sciences foundation and World Perspectives culture. Offered fall semester. Credits: 3

AAA 319 African Politics
AA study of social and economic forces that shape the political processes in Africa through a combination of individual cases and general themes. Topics include colonization, regional integration, democratic transitions, state collapse and violence, politics of ethnicity, religion, gender and class, civil society, development, and Africa's role in world affairs. Prerequisites: PLS 103 or Junior standing. Credits: 3

AAA 341 - Civil Conflicts in Africa
The analysis of the nature and dynamics of both non-violent and violent conflicts - civil wars - in Africa, and the efforts to resolve them. The focus will be on selected case studies of African states. Part of the Making War and Peace theme (5). Offered every year. Credits: 3

AAA 343 - Black Feminist Thought

AAA 380 - Special Topics Seminar
A seminar for the study of important topics not ordinarily covered in other courses. Course may be taken more than once when the topic is different. Offered on sufficient demand. Credits: 1 to 3

AAA 399 Independent Readings
Independent supervised readings in selected topics. A student may take only one reading course for one to three credits per term. No more than six credit hours of AAA 399 and AAA 499 combined may count toward the minor. Offered fall and winter semesters. Credits: 1 to 3

AAA 499 Independent Study and Research
Research conducted individually with faculty supervision. Attention given to written and oral presentation of research findings. A student may take only one independent study course for one to four credits per term. No more than six credit hours of AAA 399 and AAA 499 combined may count toward the minor. Course is graded credit/no credit. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: Nine hours in the department and written permission of the instructor before registration. Credits: 1 to 4


Track II - African American

AAA 201 Introduction to African American Studies 
Traces the historical development and examines the scope, theories, discourses, and methodologies defining African American studies and the critical responses to these studies. Surveys perspectives on African American history, religion, social organization, politics, economy, literature, and culture and social ideology. Satisfies Social Sciences foundation and U.S. Diversity culture. Credits: 3

AAA 231 Early African American Literature
Analysis and discussion of discourse primarily written by African Americans during the formative years of this nation. Emphasis on literary discourse as a means of defining African American consciousness and community, understanding representations of African Americans community of origin, and investigating how the communities African Americans inhabit shaped their discursive expression. Fulfills World Perspective, and Philosophy and Literature Foundations requirements. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: WRT 150. Credits: 3

AAA 302 African Diaspora
Overview of the history and culture of African societies throughout the world and the persistence of African culture among black populations outside of Africa. Chronicle of major events in the diasporic experience. Examines ethnocultural debate, African cultural values, artistic and intellectual traditions, and cultural continua of African forms in the new world. Satisfies World Perspectives culture and part of theme 1. Offered winter semester. Credits: 3

AAA 352 Black Women's Culture and Communities
A historical and theoretical analysis of the distinct identities African American women constructed for themselves (and had constructed for them) in response to the forces of patriarchical domination and political colonization. A dual listing with WGS 352. Fulfills U.S. Diversity requirement. Part of Gender, Society, and Culture Theme. Offered fall semester. Credits: 3

AAA 355 History of Underground Railroad
An exploration of the historical, political and cultural contexts out of which the American Underground Railroad and Abolitionists Movements emerged with emphasis on the important role the state of Michigan played in these Movements due to its geographical proximity of Canada. Part of Theme 13 - Civil and Human Rights Movement, and fulfills US Diversity Cultural Emphasis. Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Credits: 3

AAA 399 - Independent Readings
Independent supervised readings in selected topics. A student may take only one reading course for one to three credits per term. No more than six credit hours of AAA 399 and AAA 499 combined may count toward the minor. Offered fall and winter semesters. Credits: 1 to 3

AAA 490 Practicum: Career-Service in Community Building
Agency experience in the community relating practical training and independent study in a specialized area in African American studies. Maximum of six credits. Nine hours of course preparation and permission of instructor and program coordinator. Offered fall and winter semesters. Credits: 1 to 6

AAA 499 Independent Study and Research
Research conducted individually with faculty supervision. Attention given to written and oral presentation of research findings. A student may take only one independent study course for one to four credits per term. No more than six credit hours of AAA 399 and AAA 499 combined may count toward the minor. Course is graded credit/no credit. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: Nine hours in the department and written permission of the instructor before registration. Credits: 1 to 4


Winter 2016


Track I - Africa

AAA 200 Understanding Africa
An introduction to the theoretical, conceptual and historical framework that has shaped the study of Africa and a multidisciplinary survey of the main topics and issues facing the African continent as a vehicle for understanding African studies and making sense of Africa's evolution. Satisfies Social Sciences foundation and World Perspectives culture. Offered fall semester. Credits: 3

AAA 300 US-Africa Relations
Examines the historical development of the relationship between the United Stages and Africa, and the broad range of issues - cultural, economic, political, security and social - that conditions and shapes the relationship. Part of the Global Change: Integration and Fragmentation Theme (15). Satisfies World Perspectives culture. Offered every year. Credits: 3

AAA 341 - Civil Conflicts in Africa
The analysis of the nature and dynamics of both non-violent and violent conflicts - civil wars - in Africa, and the efforts to resolve them. The focus will be on selected case studies of African states. Part of the Making War and Peace theme (5). Offered every year. Credits: 3

AAA 399 Independent Readings
Independent supervised readings in selected topics. A student may take only one reading course for one to three credits per term. No more than six credit hours of AAA 399 and AAA 499 combined may count toward the minor. Offered fall and winter semesters. Credits: 1 to 3

AAA 499 Independent Study and Research
Research conducted individually with faculty supervision. Attention given to written and oral presentation of research findings. A student may take only one independent study course for one to four credits per term. No more than six credit hours of AAA 399 and AAA 499 combined may count toward the minor. Course is graded credit/no credit. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: Nine hours in the department and written permission of the instructor before registration. Credits: 1 to 4


Track II - African American

AAA 201 Introduction to African American Studies 
Traces the historical development and examines the scope, theories, discourses, and methodologies defining African American studies and the critical responses to these studies. Surveys perspectives on African American history, religion, social organization, politics, economy, literature, and culture and social ideology. Satisfies Social Sciences foundation and U.S. Diversity culture. Credits: 3

AAA 231 Early African American Literature
Analysis and discussion of discourse primarily written by African Americans during the formative years of this nation. Emphasis on literary discourse as a means of defining African American consciousness and community, understanding representations of African Americans community of origin, and investigating how the communities African Americans inhabit shaped their discursive expression. Fulfills World Perspective, and Philosophy and Literature Foundations requirements. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: WRT 150. Credits: 3

AAA 232 Modern African American Literature
Analysis and discussion of discourse by and about African Americans written primarily during the twentieth century. Emphasis on literary discourse as a means of defining African American consciousness and community and understanding how the communities African Americans inhabit shaped their discursive expression. Offered winter semester. Prerequisites: WRT 150. Credits: 3

AAA 300 US-Africa Relations
Examines the historical development of the relationship between the United Stages and Africa, and the broad range of issues - cultural, economic, political, security and social - that conditions and shapes the relationship. Part of the Global Change: Integration and Fragmentation Theme (15). Satisfies World Perspectives culture. Offered every year. Credits: 3

AAA 337 - Contemporary Black Literature

AAA 351 Perspectives on African American Males
A critical examination of the socialization, life ways, status, and future of African American males. Historical perspectives, present status, cultural expression and social relationships, empowerment, masculinity, psychosocial development and coping, and the future of African American males. Part of Gender, Society and Culture Theme (8). Offered winter semester of odd-numbered years. Credits: 3

AAA 399 Independent Readings
Independent supervised readings in selected topics. A student may take only one reading course for one to three credits per term. No more than six credit hours of AAA 399 and AAA 499 combined may count toward the minor. Offered fall and winter semesters. Credits: 1 to 3

AAA 490 Practicum: Career-Service in Community Building
Agency experience in the community relating practical training and independent study in a specialized area in African American studies. Maximum of six credits. Nine hours of course preparation and permission of instructor and program coordinator. Offered fall and winter semesters. Credi

AAA 499 Independent Study and Research
Research conducted individually with faculty supervision. Attention given to written and oral presentation of research findings. A student may take only one independent study course for one to four credits per term. No more than six credit hours of AAA 399 and AAA 499 combined may count toward the minor. Course is graded credit/no credit. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: Nine hours in the department and written permission of the instructor before registration. Credits: 1 to 4