fall 2017 Courses offered

 

AAST 100. Introduction to African American Studies. 3 hours. 

The African American experience, focusing on African and African American culture, the slave trade, slavery and emancipation in the Americas, Twentieth Century social relations, and struggles for civil rights. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Discussion and one Lecture.Individual and Society course, and US Society course.

AAST 110. Introduction to African American Literature, 1760-1910. 3 hours. 

Comprehensive survey, 1760-1910, from earliest folk roots to formal literary tradition. Course Information: Same as ENGL 118. Creative Arts course, and US Society course.


AAST 125. African American Religious Traditions. 3 hours.

Introduction to the significance of religion and religious institutions in African American history. Examination of Christian and non-Christian traditions, mainstream and sectarian. Course Information: Same as RELS 125. Previously listed as AAST 120. Past course, and US Society course.


AAST 210. The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt. 3 hours.

Ancient Egypt from 6000 BC-400 AD. Architecture, sculpture and painting in their social and historical contexts. Course Information: Same as AH 210, and ARST 210. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing. Creative Arts course, and Past course.


AAST 221. The Atlantic Slave Trade. 3 hours.

Thematic social, cultural and economic history tracing rise and fall of Atlantic slave trade from African supply systems to New world consumption 1550-1880 with focus on slave experiences. Course Information: Same as HIST 221. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 161. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Discussion. Past course, and World Cultures course.


AAST 225. Racial and Ethnic Groups. 3 hours.

Sociological and social-psychological analysis of racial, religious, and other ethnic groups; consideration of historical and current social problems arising from their relationships in society. Course Information: Same as LALS 225 and SOC 225. Prerequisite(s): SOC 100; or consent of the instructor. Individual and Society course, and US Society course.



AAST 229. Africa and its Diasporas. 3 hours.

Critical analysis of the cultural, economic, geographic, and historical implications of population movements from Africa from the 15th century to the present. Course Information: Same as HIST 229. Prerequisite(s): AAST 100 or AAST 241 or HIST 241 or AAST 242 or HIST 242 or AAST 247 or HIST 247 or AAST 248 or HIST 248. Past course, and World Cultures course.


AAST 246. Black Lives in Historical Context. 3 hours.

Interdisciplinary survey of key episodes in black history and their relationship to contemporary black life such as slavery, abolition and resistance. The course will draw connections between historical and current aspects of black life. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in AAST 100 or Grade of C or better in AAST 101. 


AAST 249. Black Freedom Movements in the U.S. 3 hours.

A survey of African American resistance and social change movements from the 1900's through the 1970's; the political ideologies and practices of various leaders and organizations that have had an impact on African American politics. Past course, and US Society course.


AAST 258. Race and Urban Life. 3 hours.

Examines the experiences of Blacks in urban areas since the 1900's. Course Information: Same as SOC 258.


AAST 261. Reading Black Women Writing. 3 hours.

Examines inscriptions of race, gender, class, and sexuality as they shape the literary and critical practices of nineteenth- and twentieth-century black women writers. Course Information: Same as GWS 261 and ENGL 261. Previously listed as AAST 470. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in AAST 100 or Grade of C or better in AAST 110 or Grade of C or better in AAST 111 or Grade of C or better in ENGL 118 or Grade of C or better in ENGL 119 or Grade of C or better in ENGL 240; or consent of the instructor.


AAST 265. The Harlem Renaissance. 3 hours.

The intellectual, cultural, and artistic expressions among African Americans from 1912 to 1933, with an emphasis on the literary texts and social history. Course Information: Same as ENGL 265. Previously listed as AAST 350. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in AAST 100; and Grade of C or better in AAST 110 or Grade of C or better in AAST 111; or Grade of C or better in ENGL 240 and Grade of C or better in ENGL 243; or consent of the instructor. Past course, and US Society course.


AAST 271. African Americans and the Politics of Incarceration. 3 hours.

Examination of the status of African Americans as offenders, victims, and personnel within the criminal justice system. Course Information: Same as CLJ 271 and SOC 271. Previously listed as AAST 371. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better or concurrent registration in AAST 100 or Grade of C or better or concurrent registration in SOC 101. Individual and Society course, and US Society course.


AAST 306. Black Politics in the United States. 3 hours.

Historical analysis of Black electoral politics in the U.S., including traditional political party participation and movement politics. Course Information: Same as POLS 311. Prerequisite(s): Three courses in political science, history or sociology, or consent of the instructor.


AAST 398. Independent Study: Special Topics. 3 hours.

Selected topics for individual research. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor and approval of the head of the department of African-American studies.


AAST 490. Topics in African American Literature. 3 or 4 hours.

African American literature and culture for students with significant background in the field. Topics vary. Course Information: Same as ENGL 473. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): AAST 357 or AAST 360 or ENGL 357; and senior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.


AAST 491. Topics in Social Science Research. 3 or 4 hours.

Inclusive examination of a selected specialized topic based on instructor's field. Topics are drawn from research in political science, psychology, sociology, and history. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated if topics vary. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): AAST 100 or consent of the instructor.