African American Studies Program (AFS)
College of Arts & Sciences
200 Foust Building
Frank Woods, Director, African American Studies Program
Willie L. Baber, Department of Anthropology
Jeutonne Brewer, Department of English
Kathleen Casey, School of Education
Michael Cauthen, Lecturer, African American Studies Program
Mary V. Compton, Department of Communication
George Dimock, Department of Art
Mary P. Erdmans, Department of Sociology
SallyAnn H. Ferguson, Department of English
Colleen Kriger, Department of History
Carolyn Moore, Department of Social Work
Deborah Pelli, Department of Biology
Lenora Richardson, School of Nursing
Pamela A. Wilson, Office of Multicultural Affairs
The African American Studies Program is committed to sustaining an academic environment in which African American students and students of every race or ethnicity are motivated to develop to their full potential. Through interdisciplinary courses, the students can achieve an informed appreciation of the history and socioculture of persons of African descent, as well as the history and socioculture of others. Set in an urban institutional environment, the Program offers students an array of scholastic and experiential opportunities. The Program contributes to the social, aesthetic, and ethical development of its students and supports them as they pursue their academic goals. African American Studies nurtures intellectual curiosity, tolerance, and commitment to the ideals of social justice and equality, attributes prized by the University community and society at large.
The program has several objectives:
Students who wish to propose a Special Program in Liberal Studies minor in African American Studies should contact the Director of African American Studies. The Director or members of the Committee will advise the student in the selection of courses to constitute the minor.
The undergraduate courses listed below focus almost entirely on issues, areas of knowledge, and concerns related to the black experience.
AOS Code: U815
Required: minimum of 18 semester hours
Recently, HIS 203, 204, 301, 302, 502 and MUS 214 and 344 have been approved to be cross-listed with African American courses.
100 Blacks in America (3:3).
Introduction to African-American culture through an historical and social perspective. (FA,SP)
200 African American Art History (3:3).
The development of African American art placed within the context of mainstream American art and the history of the blacks in this country.
210 Blacks in American Society: Social, Economic, and Political Perspectives (3:3).
Social, political, economic experience of blacks in the United States. Topics include the black family, Civil Rights Movement, black politicians, and blacks in the labor market.
305 Special Topics in African American Studies (3:3).
Pr. 100 or permission of instructor.
An in-depth study of a selected topic or topics in African American Studies involving directed reading and research. (FA/SP)
310 The Portrayal of African Americans in Film (3:3).
An examination of African American film roles as a reflector of America's perception of black character and behavior. Various film genres will be considered for insight into movie portrayals as social commentary. (FA)
400 Independent Study (1-3).
Pr. permission of Director of African American Studies and faculty mentor.
Intensive independent study on special topics related to the African American experience. (FA,SP,SU)
493 Honors Work (3-6).
See prerequisites under Honors Program, XXX 493