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Department of Minority Studies

Department of Minority Studies

Course Descriptions

AFRO-A 101 : Contemporary Minority Political Problems

3 credits
Introductory study of the contemporary political problems of the Afro-American. Attention will be given to immediate as well as long-range alternative solutions. (Fall)

AFRO-A 103 : Introduction to Urban Studies

3 credits
A survey course designed to expose students to the social, economic, and political issues that affect America''s urban communities. (Spring)

AFRO-A 150 : Survey of the Culture of Black Americans

3 credits
The culture of black people in America viewed from a broad interdisciplinary approach, employing resources from history, literature, folklore, religion, sociology, and political science. (Fall, Summer I)

AFRO-A 151 : Minority People in the United States

3 credits
A study of the cultural experiences of minority people in the United States. Focus will be on African Americans and Latinos. Other minority groups will be studied where appropriate. The course will be interdisciplinary with heavy emphasis on original texts. Credit cannot be earned for both AFRO-A 151 and CHRI-C 151. (Spring)

AFRO-A 169 : Introduction to Afro-American Literature

3 credits
Representative Afro-American writings, including poetry, short stories, sermons, novels, and drama. (Fall)

AFRO-A 204 : Topics in Afro-American Studies

3 credits
Analysis of selected topics and contemporary issues relating to the Afro-American experience. (Fall, Spring)

AFRO-A 206 : The Urban Community

3 credits
An examination of the urban community in general, with a focus on the African-American community from an asset perspective. Focus on uneven development and how race and class have formed the basis for the inequalities among urban communities. (Fall)

AFRO-A 208 : The African Caribbean

3 credits
Introductory examination to issues concerning Africans in the Caribbean from a historical, cultural, social, and political perspective. Themes discussed include: the system of plantation slavery, the Haitian revolution, de-colonization, Pan-Africanism, class conflicts, neo-colonialism, struggles for national identity, and the impact of race, color, gender, music, and religion on regional distinctiveness.

AFRO-A 210 : Black Women in the Diaspora

3 credits
Interdisciplinary examination of salient aspects of black women''s history, identity, and experience, including policies, cultural assumptions, and knowledge systems that affect black women''s lives. While the primary focus will be North America, the lives of black women in other cultural settings within the African diaspora will also be examined. (Fall)

AFRO-A 230 : Contemporary Urban Affairs and the African American Experience

3 credits
An examination of contemporary urban affairs and the socioeconomic and cultural experiences of the African-American male. Focus on social and economic change and how these changes affect communities in general, the African-American community, the family, and particularly the role and status of the African American male. (Fall)

AFRO-A 240 : Social Welfare and Minorities

3 credits
Review and study of the factual information regarding the welfare system as it is currently administered. Emphasis on the interface between minority welfare recipients and the welfare system. (Spring)
Prerequisite - AFRO-A 103

AFRO-A 249 : Afro-American Autobiography

3 credits
A survey of autobiographies written by black Americans in the last two centuries. The course emphasizes how the autobiographers combine the grace of art and the power of argument to urge the creation of genuine freedom in America. (Occasionally)

AFRO-A 250 : U.S. Contemporary Minorities

3 credits
An interdisciplinary study of how members of four minority groups - Asian Americans, African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans - combine their struggle for social justice with their desire to maintain their own concepts and identity. (Fall - Occasionally)

AFRO-A 255 : The Black Church in America

3 credits
History of the black church from slavery to the present emphasis on the church''s role as a black social institution, its religious attitudes as expressed in songs and sermons, and its political activities as exemplified in the minister-politician. (Fall)

AFRO-A 260 : Contemporary Minority Problems

3 credits
A seminar, primarily designed for sophomores and juniors, directed to critical analysis of selected topics germane to the future socioeconomic and political position of Afro-Americans. (Spring)

AFRO-A 261 : The Black Family

3 credits
An analysis of the historical background of the black family. The contemporary social forces that affect the black family are examined, along with strategies for social reform. (Fall)
Prerequisite - 6 credit hours in sociology

AFRO-A 280 : Racism and Law

3 credits
Contemporary racial problems in American society with regard to law and constitutional principles of basic freedom and associated conflict. The effects of societal norms and the impact of racism. (Occasionally)

AFRO-A 282 : The Black Community, Law, and Social Change

3 credits
A study of the black community with emphasis on law and social change. (Spring)

AFRO-A 290 : Sociocultural Perspective of Afro- American Music

3 credits
Survey of cultural, social, and political attitudes that influenced blacks in the development and participation in blues, jazz, urban black popular music, and "classical" music. (Spring)

AFRO-A 301 : Community Planning and Development

3 credits
Overview of the planning process and its impact on urban minority communities. Topics include socioeconomic studies, land use planning, and urban development strategies. (Spring)
Prerequisite - AFRO-A 103 or consent of instructor

AFRO-A 302 : Strategies of Community Organizations

3 credits
Examination of several communities and the various theories and strategies developed for community organizations. (Fall)
Prerequisite - AFRO-A 240 or consent of instructor

AFRO-A 304 : Housing and the Minority Community

3 credits
An examination of contemporary issues in housing, urban development, and the provision of public services as they affect minority communities. Topics include gentrification, exclusionary zoning, housing assistance, disinvestment, and economic development. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - AFRO-A 301, SPEA-V 365, or consent of instructor

AFRO-A 333 : Africans and Cultural Minorities in International Film

3 credits
Introduction to cinema from French-speaking Africa, the Caribbean and Europe involving enthnocultural minority groups from an interdisciplinary approach. Course topics covered will explore issues surrounding colonialism and its aftermath, multiculturalism, expressions of national identity, interracial relations, gender, class, and the social position of enthnocultural minority groups from a world view.

AFRO-A 341 : Poverty in America

3 credits
Intensive comparative analysis of the way of life of America''s urban poor and their relationship to the larger society. (Fall)

AFRO-A 343 : Practicum in Urban Studies

3 credits
Designed to enhance the student''s practical, working knowledge of the social, economic, and political dynamics affecting the urban community. Field placement will be facilitated within three areas of professional endeavor: social services, local government, and community development and planning. Does not count toward fulfillment of College of Arts and Sciences Group III distribution requirements. (Spring)
Prerequisite - AFRO-A 301 or AFRO-A 302 or consent of instructor

AFRO-A 355 (HIST : Afro-American History I

3 credits
History of blacks in the United States. Slavery, abolitionism, Reconstruction, post-Reconstruction to 1900. (Fall)

AFRO-A 356 (HIST : Afro-American History II

3 credits
History of blacks in the United States from 1900 to present. Migration north, NAACP, Harlem Renaissance, postwar freedom movement. (Spring)

AFRO-A 370 : Recent Black American Writing

3 credits
A study of selected black American writers of the late- nineteenth and twentieth centuries with emphasis on very recent writing. The focus of this course will be on the literary qualities unique to those writers as individuals and as a group. Credit not given for both AFRO-A 370 and ENG-L 370. (Spring - Occasionally)

AFRO-A 379 : Early Black American Writing

3 credits
Afro-American writing before World War II with emphasis on critical reactions and analyses. Includes slave narratives, autobiographies, rhetoric, fiction, and poetry. (Spring—Occasionally)

AFRO-A 380 : Contemporary Black American Writing

3 credits
The black experience in America as it has been reflected since World War II in the works of outstanding Afro-American writers: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. (Spring—Occasionally)

AFRO-A 384 : Blacks in American Drama and Theatre, 1945–Present

3 credits
Images of Blacks as reflected in American drama from 1945 to present. Emphasis on the contributions of Black playwrights such as Lorraine Hansberry, Langston Hughes, Imamu Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Ted Shin, and Ed Bullins

AFRO-A 392 : Afro-American Folklore

3 credits
Afro- American culture in the United States viewed in terms of history (antebellum to present) and social change (rural to urban). Use of oral traditions and life histories to explore aspects of black culture and history. Credit not given for both AFRO-A 392 and Folklore-F 394. (Fall—Occasionally)

AFRO-A 398 : Introduction to Black Studies Research

3 credits
An introduction to historical sociological methods of research and experimental design with emphasis on the application of those methods to the black community. The appropriate quantitative methods and their computation are also used for each research approach. (Occasionally)

AFRO-A 401 : Minorities, Politics, and Social Change

3 credits
Topical study of the struggle of black Americans to obtain representative political power. Redistricting and gerrymandering, independent candidates and new political alternatives, the impact of the 18-year-old vote on black political activity, black quasi-political organi­zations, black power in the U.S. Congress. (Spring)

AFRO-A 404 : Topics in Afro-American Studies

3 credits
Extensive analysis of selected topics and contemporary issues relating to the Afro- American experience. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated once for a different topic with a maximum of two courses or 6 credit hours. (Fall, Spring)
Prerequisite - consent of instructor

AFRO-A 406 : Literature by American Women of Color

3 credits
This course explores the literature of Native American, African American, Asian American, and Latina writers. These works as art define and theorize the experience of minority women in the United States. Critical and artistic issues are examined in light of their sociohistorical context. (Fall)

AFRO-A 410 : The Black Woman and the Afro- American Experience

3 credits
Historical examination of the black woman in America—from the African past to the present—in relationship to her position in the family and in society. Analysis of the social science paradigm, which creates and perpetuates stereotypes of black women. (Spring)

AFRO-A 440 : History of the Education of Black Americans

3 credits
Education of black Americans and its relationship to the Afro-American experience. Trends and patterns in the education of black Americans as such relate to the notions of education for whom and for what. (Occasionally)

AFRO-A 488 : Community Experience Internship

3 credits
Field placement for majors in Afro-American studies. Work with an agency or organization that deals primarily with inner-city minority groups under joint supervision of agency and departmental staff members. Does not count toward fulfillment of College of Arts and Sciences Group III distribution requirements. (Fall, Spring, Summer I)
Prerequisite - AFRO-A 398 and AFRO-A 498 or departmental consent

CHRI-C 101 : Introduction to Latino Studies

3 credits
An introduction to the most important themes of the Chicano and Puerto Rican experiences from the disciplinary perspectives of arts, education, folklore, history, literature, music, political science, and sociology. Pre-Columbian to World War II. (Fall, Summer I)

CHRI-C 151 : Minority People in the United States

3 credits
A study of the cultural experiences of minority people in the United States. Focus will be on African Americans and Latinos. Other minority groups will be studied where appropriate. The course will be interdisciplinary in nature with a heavy emphasis on the analysis of original texts. Credit may not be earned for both AFRO-A 151 and CHRI-C 151. (Spring)

CHRI-C 213 : Politics of Chicano Cultural Identity

3 credits
Following the conclusion of World War II, a relatively distinct Chicano racial/cultural identity emerges in communities throughout the Southwest and major urban areas of the Midwest. This course examines the relationship between this cultural identity and the Chicano social movement politics of the 1960s and early 1970s. (Spring)

CHRI-C 290 : Topics in Latino Studies

3 credits
Analysis of selected topics and contemporary issues related to the Chicano and Puerto Rican experiences in the United States. Topics will be chosen by the instructor and vary from semester to semester. May be repeated once with a different topic. (Fall, Spring)
Prerequisite - consent of the instructor

CHRI-C 301 (HIST- : History of Puerto Rico

3 credits
Colonization by Spain; international development; Spanish-American War; occupation by United States; economic, social and political development; migration to the mainland; debate on independence, autonomy, and statehood. (Occasionally)

CHRI-C 351 : Latino Culture and Society

3 credits
This course will be a survey of Latino culture and society in the United States. There will be an emphasis on how Latinos have used forms of cultural expression to interpret their experience in this country. (Occasionally)
Prerequisite - sophomore standing or consent of instructor

CHRI-C 352 (HIST- : History of Latinos in the United States

3 credits
Latino experience in the United States; economic and social factors of the Latino role in a non-Latino nation. (Fall)

CHRI-C 444 (HIST- : History of Mexico

3 credits
Brief survey of the colonial period and independence movement. Ideological conflicts within Republic. Revolution of 1910. Relationship with United States from Mexican viewpoint. (Occasionally)

CHRI-C 446 : Mexican and Puerto Rican Immigration and Migration

3 credits
Study of the migration of Mexicans and Puerto Ricans to the United States. Emphasis will be on push-pull factors of migration; the incorporation of both groups into the American socioeconomic structure; the role of federal legislation in patterns of migration; and the special plight of undocumented workers. (Occasionally)

CHRI-C 490 : Topics in Latino Studies

3 credits
Extensive analysis of selected topics and contemporary issues relating to the Chicano and Puerto Rican experiences in the United States. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated once with a different topic. (Fall, Spring)

CHRI-C 495 : Individual Readings in Latino Studies

1 - 3 credits
Intensive study of a specific problem in Chicano-Riqueño studies. May be repeated once for credit. (Fall, Spring).
Prerequisite - consent of instructor