African/African American Studies

AFRICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN COURSES

Africa Courses

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 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 diasporaic 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 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 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

GPY 351 Geography of Africa
Africa is one of the most fascinating world regions yet paradoxically one of the least known. The focus of this course is on the rich cultural (language, religion, agriculture, cities, health, economy) and physical (climate, vegetation, landforms) geographies of this vast region and how they have changed over time. Fulfills World Perspectives requirement. Offered winter semester. Credits: 3

HST 335 African Civilizations before 1870
African civilizations to the nineteenth century. It will concentrate on the economic, cultural, social, and religious characteristics of specific African societies before European conquest of the continent. Topics include human evolution, languages, dress, social organization, Atlantic slave trade, slavery in Africa, and state formation. Offered winter semester, even-numbered years. Prerequisites: HST 203, 204 or Junior standing. Credits: 3  

HST 336 Africa after 1870
A study of Africa from late nineteenth century to the present. It will focus on African societies on the eve of European colonial conquest; conquest and Africans’ response, transformation of African societies under colonial rule; the rise of nationalism and the process of decolonization and post-independence developments. Offered winter semester, odd numbered years. Prerequisites: HST 204 or Junior standing. Credits: 3

African American Courses

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 American’s 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 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 diasporaic 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 305 Perspectives on the Black Arts Movement
An analysis of the development and reception of shifts in Black American identity, ideals, and aspirations as articulated by Black artists and activists reacting to the integrationists ideals of the Civil Rights Movement. Part of the Civil and Human Rights Movements Theme. Offered winter semester. Credits: 3

AAA 315 Field to Factory: African American Migration 
Examines the sociocultural, political, economic, psychological, and interpersonal consequences of the migration of over one million African Americans from the rural South to the industrialized North during the decades surrounding World Wars I and II. Part of Cities Theme. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Credits: 3

AAA 340 African American Culture and Social Thought
Examines the cultural ties between Africans and African Americans, the historical and sociocultural context of African American cultural expression, and the defining dialogues, moments, and personages in African American culture and social thought. Part of American Mosaic Theme (20). Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Credits: 3

AAA 350 African American Identity and Communication
Examines the ways African Americans define themselves and membership in their group and ways they perceive within-group and out-of-group communication. Investigates African American conceptualizations of self, identity, and ethnicity and ways these conceptualizations reflect and are a reflection of African American communication styles. Contrasts African American and Anglo American cultural patterns and communication styles. Offered winter semester. Credits: 3

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 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 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 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

LIB 320 Social Autobiography in the US Civil Rights Movement
An inquiry, through reading and writing, into the dynamics of cultural change and personal development in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement through the genres of biography and social autobiography. Part of the Civil and Human Rights Movements theme. Fulfills U.S. Diversity requirement. Offered every other year. Credits: 3

HST 314 African-American History
Examines the history of African Americans from forced migration through the Civil Rights movement. Issues studied include race relations, black culture in slavery, emancipation, the origins of segregation, the “great migration,” and the Civil Rights movement. Offered fall semester of odd-numbered years. Prerequisites: HST 205, HST 206, or Junior standing. Credits: 3

HST 316 US Civil Rights Movement History
This course will focus on United States civil rights leaders and their rhetoric of resistance, and focus on the social and cultural formations that undermined racial segregation. It will also examine the events and forces that created space for a successful movement. Part of the Civil and Human Rights Movements theme. Offered fall semesters. Prerequisites: Completion of Historical Perspectives Foundation or Junior standing. Credits: 3

HST 372 From Slavery to Freedom
Ironically, modern concepts of freedom emerged from societies deeply invested in its opposite, slavery. This course looks at the history of slavery and its abolition in four American societies-Haiti, the U.S., Cuba, and Brazil-to distinguish the distinctive ways in which each of them defined and constructed freedom. Part of Freedom and Social Control theme. Offered fall semester. Prerequisites: HST 204, LAS 210, or Junior standing. Credits: 3

SOC 333 Sociology of the Civil Rights Movement
This course applies multiple sociological models of social movements to the American Civil Rights Movement from 1940-1970s. Part of the Civil and Human Rights Movements theme. Offered fall semester. Credits: 3

SOC 382 Race and Ethnicity

Analysis of cultural, historical, and social construction of race and ethnicity in the U.S. and cross-culturally. Assesses theories of prejudice, discrimination, and racism. Grounds the examination of the interplay of group privilege and disadvantage within the context of contemporary issues related to race and ethnicity. Fulfills U.S. Diversity requirement. Offered every semester. Prerequisite: SOC 201. Credits: 3

 

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