African American Studies Course Listing
African American Studies Spring - 2017
20003 AAM-2000-01 Introduction to African American Studies
Tuesday & Thursday 2:15PM-3:30PM Instructor: Gbadegesin
An interdisciplinary survey course that introduces the discipline through the examination
of the African Diaspora and impact on the Americas. The course focuses on the movement,
conditions and experiences that shaped the development of the African American Society.
Fulfills Arts & Sciences diversity requirement. Satisfies a certificate requirement. Cross listed
with Honors- AAM-2000-01H
26147 AAM-2220-01 African American Art
Tuesday & Thursday 11:00AM-12:15PM Instructor: Gbadegesin
This course will discuss the visual arts (such as painting, sculpture, mixed media) created by
African-American artists between 1600s through the present-day. Together, we will read and talk
about several important periods in African American art, including but not limited to Colonial
Functionalism, the New Negro Movement, and Black Aestheticism. As we learn more about these
moments in African-American art history, we will pause occasionally to take closer looks at specific
artists (like Aaron Douglass, Jeff Donaldson, and Kara Walker) and important artworks.
27027 AAM-2500-01 Intergroup Dialogue
Wednesday 2:10PM-4:40PM Instructor: Scott
Inter Group Dialogue courses provide structured, sustained, and facilitated face-to-face meetings
for people from different and often conflicted social identity groups. These encounters are designed
to offer an open and inclusive space where participants can foster a deeper understanding of diversity
and social justice issues through experiential activities, pedagogical interventions, individual and small
group reflections, and intergroup dialogues. Each IGD class meets once a week for 3 hours over the
span of an entire semester. Each group will typically have 12-14 participants with equal identity dynamics.
Students will spend the semester discussing, thinking, reading, and writing about issues relating to gender.
Crosslisted with CMM293-01
28113 AAM-2520-01 Intro to African Politics 27317
Mon., Wed., Fri. 10:00AM-10:50AM Instructor: Uwalaka
Study of governments and political processes in Africa. Examines salient themes such as the nature of
African traditional heritage; the colonial experience; nationalism and independence; the challenge of
nation-building; African political parties; the role of the military and contributions of different theories to the
understanding of African politics. Crosslisted with POLA-252-01
26077 AAM-2930-01 Race & Politics 27382
Tuesday & Thursday 9:30AM-10:45AM Instructor: Laird
This course explores the dynamics of race and ethnicity in American political life. How has race
shaped American political life? What role do political institutions play in constructing and maintaining
racial categories? Can we use these institutions to overcome racial boundaries? Fulfills the A&S
Diversity in the U.S. requirement.
20004 AAM-2980-01 Independent Study TBA
NOTE: Program director permission required.
22486 AAM-3350-01 African American Religious Traditions
Tuesday & Thursday 11:00AM-12-15PM Instructor: Witherspoon
Course content covers the history of African American religious thought and the Black Churches of the
United States as well as contributions of Black theologians in articulating African American values and
religious experience. NOTE: Cross listed with SOC-3840-01, THEO-3830-01, and fulfills the A&S
28114 AAM-4200-01 History of African American Cinema
Tuesday 4:20PM-6:50PM Instructor: Kushma
This course traces the history of African-Americans in the motion picture industry from early stages
of silent films to the Academy Awards. Topics of discussion will cover "black-face" minstrel stereotypes,
wages, social and political opposition, organizing for representation, Blaxploitation era, inter-racial casting
and subject matter, and documentary films. A comparative study of Hollywood versus the Independent
Filmmaker will take a close look at "Race Movies" and the first African-American film companies. Students
gain an understanding of how film and television mediums manipulate viewing audiences by creating
one-dimensional characters of African-Americans, which leave lasting impressions whether negative
20006 AAM-4330-01 Psychology of Oppression
Tuesday & Thursday 11:00AM-12:15PM Instructor: Harvey
The course teaches students how to understand the mechanisms that undermine the appreciation
of multiculturalism and other forms of diversity in society. The perspective emphasizes how socially
constructed definitions of various groups are used to distinguish sameness and difference among people.
Topics include micro and macro level theories of oppression, the importance of ideology in oppressive
systems and theories of social change and liberation. Cross listed with PSYA-4330 and satisfies
cultural diversity requirement.
26514 AAM-4930-01 American Prophet: The Ethical & Theological Thought of
26036 THEO-4930-01 MLK Jr.
Tuesday & Thursday 12:45PM-2:00PM Instructor: McKinnis
The Civil Rights Movement was a major event in the history of the United States. While it is true the
undertaking sought to challenge the American Democratic ideal via an expansion of civil rights to
African-Americans, at its core the Civil Rights Movement, with Martin Luther King, Jr. as a central figure,
offered a theological and ethical critique of the Judeo-Christian values of the nation. This course will
analyze the theological and religious backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement through the lens of MLK.
We will seek to uncover the theological and philosophical assumptions that ground Key's vision of freedom,
justice, race matters, and the kingdom of God.
28198 AAM-4930-02 Race, Consciousness and Neo-Liberal Identity
Thursday 6:00PM-8:30PM Insstructor: Casmier
In the early 1970s, a group of African American women - the National Black Feminist
Organization - published "The Combahee River Collective Statement," a manifesto embracing
a new position that they radically branded "identity politics" because: "We realize that the only
people who care enough about us to work consistently for our liberation are us" (Combahee 267).
Their statement embraced the idea of a radical consciousness with a deep history in Marxist thought,
feminism and African American literary and political traditions that exhibited a relentless
intersectional positionality and hermeneutic of solidarity with the most wretched of the earth. Yet,
today, the particularistic, commodified "identity politics" of self-esteem have deftly replaced internationalist
consciousness transforming it into a vapid, consumerist multiculturalism of "identity" and surface difference.
This course will use theoretical texts, literature and film to chart the evolution of the Marxist construction of
"consciousness" to its current status as branded identity. The course will be taught as a seminar with
students responsible for presenting weekly readings and leading class discussions.
28202 AAM-4930-03 Stereotyping & Bias/Mass Media
28196 WGST- 4350-01
Tuesday & Thursday 12:45PM-2:00PM Instructor: Johnson
This course examines debates over stereotyping and bias in the mass media. Considers the types
of materials that have aroused charges of bias, and surveys the historical, economic, political, and
sociological perspectives that help explain stereotyping as a cultural practice. The course will be divided
into four sections: Racism, Gender & Politics, Islamaphobia, and Palestinian/Israeli Conflict. Crosslisted
with CMM-4350-01 & WSTD-4350-01.
20608 AAM-4960-01 CAPSTONE COURSE
Wednesday 4:20-6:50PM Instructor: Bradley
Required for students completing the certificate. This synthesizing course provides an opportunity to
integrate key concepts of African American Studies in a specific area of interest. Capstone projects are
expected to demonstrate competence in critical thinking, inquiry skills and the synthesis of knowledge
through original research, field service project or artistic endeavor. Permission of program director
20035 AAM-4980-01 ADV. INDEPENDENT STUDY: Research
Instructor Permission Required Instructor: TBA
Independent study topics are assigned that deal with selected problems in the African, African American
or African Diaspora experience. Research topics may be integrated with student's major. Certificate
students only. Permission of program director required.