"To Be a poor man is hard,But to be a poor race in a landof dollars is the very bottom of hardship"
-W.E.B Du Bois
African American Studies
AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES
COMM 400 Special Topics (Interracial Communication) CRN 38885
TR 8:00 – 9:20, Dr. Mittie Carey
**This course can be used as an elective in the African American Studies Program.**
The classroom setting for COMM 400 is purposefully designed as a structured safe space that will foster an atmosphere of trust, honesty, and transparency. This type of context is critical to the attainment of the underlying goals of the course, which are (1) to challenge students to more deeply consider their feelings, beliefs, and assumptions about race and race relations and (2) to learn strategies that will help them in their interactions with people of other races. If reactions to the two-term election of President Barack Obama as the first African American president have done nothing else, they have convinced many Blacks that racism is still alive and well in this country. On the other hand, they have convinced many Whites that we have now entered into a post-racial era. Unfortunately, university communities are not immune to these polarizing viewpoints. By participating in activities inside and outside the classroom, working in small and large groups, and completing assigned readings and other assignments, students will emerge from this class better equipped to resolve race-related issues and to assume leadership roles in our multi-racial society.