“A people without knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots.” Marcus Garvey
African American Studies
AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES
AFAM 190: African American Experience, multiple sections
African American life and experiences in the United States viewed from a cross-disciplinary perspective. Seven core subjects are surveyed: African American history, religion, politics, creative productions (music, dance, theatre), economics, social organizations and psychology.
AFAM 359: Blacks in American History since 1877, with TBA
A chronological study of African American history and culture from 1877 to the present with an emphasis on African American contributions to American life and thought. Equivalent(s): HIST 359.
AFAM 393: African American Literature, with C. Lewis
Prerequisite(s): ENG 200 or permission of instructor. A critical study of the contributions of African American writers to American literature. Equivalent(s): ENG 393.
Approved Elective Courses
AFAM 343: Communities of Struggle, with A. Rosa
Prerequisite(s): AFAM 190 or permission of instructor; 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations courses, or junior status. Examines the relationship between distinct communities of struggle in Africa and the African Diaspora and the impact of African American social movements on a range of liberation struggles within this context.
AFAM 480: Directed Independent Study in African American Topics, with S. Ardrey
Prerequisite(s): AFAM 190 or permission of instructor. Designed primarily for advanced students. This course will permit students to pursue selected topics dealing with the life and times of the people of African ancestry in Africa and America.
AFAM 490: African American Seminar, with J. Asare
Prerequisite(s): AFAM 190 or permission of instructor. Designed primarily for advanced students. This seminar will include topics dealing with the African American experience, present or past.
COMM 463: Intercultural Communication, with J. Kong
Prerequisite(s): COMM 200; COMM 300 (may be taken concurrently) or instructor permission. Creates an understanding of dimensions of communication theory that apply across cultural boundaries. Emphasis is placed on both theoretical and practical awareness of communication in and between cultures.
PS 220: Judicial Process, with J. Budziak
Prerequisite(s): PS 110; 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations courses, or junior status. An introduction to the American legal system, the process of legal reasoning and legal resolution of value conflicts.
PS 326: Constitutional Law, with J. Budziak
Prerequisite(s): PS 110. Study and analysis of leading constitutional decisions dealing with judicial review, government powers over domestic and foreign affairs, federalism and the relationships between the functional branches of government.
SOCL 100: Introductory Sociology, multiple sections
Introduction to the basic concepts of society and culture, group behavior, population, class, minorities, community, social institutions and social changes.
SOCL 240: Global Social Problems, multiple sections
Prerequisite(s): SOCL 100 or consent of instructor; 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations courses, or junior status Examines causes of and responses to critical social problems in different world regions, with a focus on the dimensions and impacts of globalizations. Diverse social theories are applied to interpret problems such as environmental degradation, AIDS, family violence, racism, migration, international poverty, and crime.
SOCL 350: Systems of Social Inequality, with N. Breazeale
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 100 or consent of instructor Analysis of the social origins, development, and persistence of inequality as a human system present in all societies. Course covers systems of stratification in the US (class, race, gender, ethnicity, etc.) used to differentially distribute social rewards. Some sections require a service-learning project.
SOCL 355: Sociology of Gender
Prerequisite(s): SOCL 100 or consent of instructor. Examination of the social construction of women's and men's roles in society and of the concepts of masculinity and femininity.
SOCL 362: Race, Class, and Gender, multiple sections
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 100 or consent of instructor. The five primary institutions (family, religion, economy, education government) as they affect and are affected by race, class, and gender in America. Explores interrelationships among those institutions and between various racial and other groups.
SOCL 375: Diversity in American Society, with A. Onyekwuluje
Prerequisite(s): SOCL 100 or consent of instructor. Sociological analyses of ways societal institutions create and shape intergroup diversity. Focuses on the elements of social organization and their relationships to diversity.
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