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Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2019

African and African-American Studies Major, BA


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Formally institutionalized in the American academy in the last half of the twentieth century, African and African American Studies is a vibrant and dynamic discipline that creates new knowledge about the world and human existence through the critical and comprehensive study of the peoples, cultures, and ideas of Africa and the African diaspora.  Students in this degree program explore and examine key intellectual figures, ideas, themes in the discipline, central disciplinary questions and debates, prominent theoretical and methodological frameworks used by scholars in the discipline, and forms of interdisciplinary scholarship that form and inform the production and reproduction of knowledge.  The goal of the program is to provide students at Winston-Salem State University with a broad and deep understanding of histories, cultures, and ideas of Africans and persons of African descent across space and time while advancing novel forms of interdisciplinary scholarship that contributes to the formation of new theories and methods for understanding the world and human experience.

 

Core Courses – 4 courses

AAS 2301:  An Introduction to African and African-American Studies
AAS/HIS 2308: African World Cultures or HIS 3331 History of Africa or HIS 3341:  Black American History to 1865 or HIS 3342:  Black American History from 1865 to the Present or HIST 3345:  Blacks in Urban American since 1945

AAS 2310:  Research Methods in African and African American Studies or ENG 4355 Literary Criticism or HIST 2311:  History Thinking and Methodology or IDS 4370 Research in Interdisciplinary Studies or POS 3349:  Methodological Behavior Foundations in Political Science or PSY 3317:  Research Methods in Psychology
AAS 4324:  Senior Seminar in African and African American Studies

 

Areas of Specialization – 6 courses

Arts and Media

ART 2306:  African American Art

HUM 2313:  From Back Stage to Center Stage:  Black Female Playwrights in America

MUS 3239:  Afro-American Music

PED 2116:  African Dance

 

Culture and Identity

HIS 3332:  Cultural Dimensions of the African American Experience in the Caribbean

HUM 2310:  African-American Culture

HUM 2311:  Masculinity, Resistance Narratives and African American Cultural Texts

HUM 2312:  Afrocentric Wisdom and Values

HUM 2314:  Shade of Black

HUM 2315:  Black Female Identity Through Time

IDS 4371:  The American South in Popular Culture

REL 3316:  History of the Black Church

SPH 2345:  Great African American Speeches of the 20th and 21st Centuries

 

History and Theory

AAS 2303:  African Political Thought

AAS 3306:  Negritude and Afrocentricity

EDU 3343:  Cultural Diversity

HIS 3345:  Blacks in Urban America since 1945

HIS 3352:  The African Presence in Mexico

HIS 3353:  The African Presence in the Americas

HIS 4355:  African Experience in America

HIS 4356:  Seminar in Afro-American History

HIS 4455:  African Experience in America

POS 4356:  Black Political Thought

SOC 3344:  Sex, Gender, and Feminist Thought

SOC 4364:  Race and Culture

        

Literatures and Languages

ENG 1315:  Black Speculative Literature of the 20th and 21st Centuries

ENG 3309:  Post-Colonial Literature

ENG 3344:  Literature of the African Diaspora

ENG 3349:  The Vernacular in African American Literature and Culture

ENG 3381:  Black Writers in American Literature

ENG 33xx:  Studies in African-American Literature

ENG 33..:  African American Cultural Texts:  1965-Present

ENG 4xxx:  African American Women Writers

FLS 3311:  Yoruba Culture and Civilization in the Americas

POR 2305:  Literature of Brazil and the Portuguese-Speaking World

POR 3311:  Literature of Brazil and Portuguese Speaking Africa in Translation

POR 3312:  Afro-Brazilian Studies

SPA 4338:  Masterpieces of Afro-Hispanic Literature

SWA 1311:  Elementary Swahili I

SWA 1312:  Elementary Swahili II

 

Politics and Society

AAS 2302:  Politics of Africa

AAS 4302:  Race and Economics in the USA

EDU 2334:  Education, Culture and Society

GEO 3311:  Urban Geography

JUS 3382:  Class, Race, Gender and Justice

POS 3315:  The Politics of South Africa

POS 3331:  Civil Rights

POS 3371:  Urban Politics

SOC 4311:  Sociology of the African American

 

Science and Technology

BIO 1303:  Human Heredity, Genetics and Society

BIO 1305:  Scientific Ethics

HED 2206:  Understanding Health Disparities in the U.S.

HIS 3351:  History of Science

MTH 4304:  History of Mathematics

PSY 3309:  Cross-Cultural Psychology

PSY 3312: Introduction to Black Psychology       

 

Minor in African and African American Studies – 6 courses

AAS 2301:  An Introduction to Africana Studies

AAS 2310:  Research Methods in African and African American Studies or ENG 4355 Literary Criticism or HIST 4316 Historiography or IDS 4370 Research in Interdisciplinary Studies or POS 3349:  Methodological Behavior Foundations in Political Science or PSY 3317:  Research Methods in Psychology

4 additional courses at the 3000 and 4000 level

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