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These course descriptions are not being updated as of August 1, 2016. Current course descriptions are maintained in LionPATH.

Afr Amer Studies (AF AM)

AF AM 083S (GH;US;IL) First-Year Seminar in African American Studies (3) Cultural, philosophical, economic, political, and global dynamics of the Black experience in the United States and the Diaspora.
Effective: Fall 2013
 

AF AM 100 (GS;US) Living While Black: Themes in African American Thought and Experience (3) What it means to be Black in America by engaging with questions about identity and authenticity, freedom and unfreedom, radicalism and reform, gender and sexuality, and the role of music in African American life.
Effective: Spring 2015
 

AF AM 101 (GH;US) (WMNST 101) The African American Woman (3) The sociological, historical, and political experiences of African American women, their roles and contributions to society.
Effective: Spring 2013
 

AF AM 101U (GH;US) The African American Woman (3) The sociological, historical, and political experiences of African American women, their roles and contributions to society.
Effective: Fall 2016 Ending: Fall 2016
 

AF AM 102 (GH;IL) (WMNST 102) Women of Color: Cross-Cultural Perspective (3) Global examination of value systems of women of color; attention to minority ethnic groups in the United States and developing countries.
Effective: Spring 2013
 

AF AM 103 (US) (SOC 103, WMNST 103) Racism and Sexism (3) Critical analysis of the structure of race and gender in the contemporary United States.
Effective: Spring 2013
 

AF AM 110 (GH;US) Introduction to African American Studies (3) An introductory survey of African American Studies practice and scholarship, focused on the major methods, figures, texts, and debates that define the field.
Effective: Spring 2013
 

AF AM 110U (GH;US) Introduction to African American Studies (3) An introductory survey of African American Studies practice and scholarship, focused on the major methods, figures, texts, and debates that define the field.
Effective: Fall 2016 Ending: Fall 2016
 

AF AM 126 (GA;US) (INART 126) The Popular Arts in America: The History of Hip-Hop (3) An examination of the roots, development, and significance of hip-hop in our culture.
Effective: Summer 2014
 

AF AM 132 (IL) (SPAN 132, AFR 132) Afro-Hispanic Civilization (3) A general introduction to human and cultural elements of African origin in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of Latin America.
Effective: Spring 2013
 

AF AM 139 (GH;US) (ENGL 139) Black American Literature (3) Fiction, poetry, and drama, including such writers as Baldwin, Douglaa, Ellison, Morrison, and Wright.
Effective: Fall 2013
 

AF AM 145 (GH;US;IL) (RL ST 145) African American Religions and Spirituality (3) History and significance of the religious dimension of the Black American struggle for equality from enslavement to the contemporary period.
Effective: Spring 2015
 

AF AM 146 (GH;US) (RL ST 146) The Life and Thought of Martin Luther King, Jr. (3) A survey of the civil rights leader including his religious beliefs, intellectual development, and philosophy for social change.
Effective: Spring 2013
 

AF AM 147 (GH;US) (RL ST 147) The Life and Thought of Malcolm X (3) The life of Malcolm X/El Hajj Malik El Shabazz (1925-1965) and his social, political, economic, and moral thought.
Effective: Fall 2013
 

AF AM 152 (GH;US;IL) (HIST 152) African American History (3) African roots; colonial and revolutionary experiences; slavery and abolitionism; civil war and reconstruction; accommodation and protest; the new militancy.
Effective: Fall 2013
 

AF AM 197 Special Topics (1-9 per semester/maximum of 9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject that may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Summer 2012
 

AF AM 199 Foreign Studies (1-12 per semester/maximum of 12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2012
 

AF AM 208 (GA;US;IL) (THEA 208) Theatre Workshop in Diverse Cultures (3) A performance-oriented class which explores the historic and contemporary theatrical works of various culturally diverse peoples.
Effective: Spring 2013
 

AF AM 210 (GH;US) (HIST 210) Freedom's First Generation: African American Life and Work, 1865 to World War II (3) The course will explore the context and events that shaped African American life over the period 1896-1932.
Effective: Spring 2015
Prerequisite: AF AM 100, HIST 021  

AF AM 211 (GH;US;IL) (HIST 211) Slavery and Freedom in the Black Atlantic (3) The course will explore the history and role of African and African-descent people in Africa, the Americas, and Europe.
Effective: Spring 2015
Prerequisite: AF AM 100 orHIST 003 orHIST 020 orHIST 021 orHIST 152  

AF AM 212 (US) African Americans in the New Jim Crow Era, 1968-present (3) An examination of Black political, economic, social, and cultural life in America from the era of colonization to 1905.
Effective: Spring 2015
 

AF AM 213Y (GH;US) (HIST 213Y, WMNST 213Y) African American Women's History (3) This course examines the social, political, and economic history of African American women in the United States from slavery to the present.
Effective: Spring 2015
 

AF AM 235 (US) (ENGL 235) From Folk Shouts and Work Songs to Hip Hop Poetry (3) The origins, forms, and function of the oral folk tradition of African Americans.
Effective: Spring 2015
Prerequisite: ENGL 015 orENGL 030  

AF AM 250 (GH;IL) (HIST 250) Introduction to the Modern Caribbean (3) A survey course which, explores the historical evolution and emergence of the modern Caribbean.
Effective: Fall 2012
 

AF AM 280 (GH;US) Historical Ethnography of Freedom (3) Studies the Underground Railroad movement to guide slaves to freedom, and public heritage surrounding this institution. Students use ethnographic approaches.
Effective: Summer 2014
 

AF AM 294 Research Project (1-12 per semester/maximum of 12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Summer 2012
 

AF AM 297 Special Topics (1-9 per semester/maximum of 9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject that may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Summer 2012
 

AF AM 299 Foreign Studies (1-12 per semester/maximum of 12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2012
 

AF AM 302 (US) (BB H 302) Diversity and Health (3) Exam the relatinship of diverse personal and sociocultural factors to health, like socioeconomic class, race-ethnicity, gender, age, and sexual orientation.
Effective: Spring 2013
Prerequisite: PSYCH 100 orSOC 001  

AF AM 303 (GS;IL) (ANTH 303, WMNST 303) Race and Gender in the Americas: Latin American and Caribbean Cultures (3) Utilizing a theoretical framework of intersectionality, this course examines historical and cultural constructions of race and gender in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Effective: Spring 2015
 

AF AM 364 (GS;US) (WMNST 364) Black & White Sexuality (3) This course explains how narrow ways of thinking limit our understanding of the diverse expressions of human sexuality.
Effective: Fall 2012
 

AF AM 395 Internship (1-18 per semester/maximum of 18) Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction including field experiences, practica, or internships.
Effective: Summer 2012
 

AF AM 397 Special Topics (1-9 per semester/maximum of 9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject that may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Summer 2012
 

AF AM 399 Foreign Studies (1-12 per semester/maximum of 12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2012
 

AF AM 401 Afro-American Studies Seminar (3) A seminar examining theoretical and methodological issues in Afro-American Studies.
Effective: Spring 2013
Prerequisite: AF AM 100, AF AM 101  

AF AM 409 (US) (SOC 409) Racial and Ethnic Inequality in America (3) The impact of inequality and discrimination on individual and group identity among various racial and ethnic groups.
Effective: Spring 2013
Prerequisite: SOC 001  

AF AM 409U (US) Racial and Ethnic Inequality in America (3) The impact of inequality and discrimination on individual and group identity among various racial and ethnic groups.
Effective: Fall 2016 Ending: Fall 2016
Prerequisite: SOC 001  

AF AM 410 Spirit, Space, Survival: Contemporary Black Women (3) How recent Black women have used spirit and space to survive.
Effective: Fall 2012
Prerequisite: AF AM 101  

AF AM 412 (US;IL) (THEA 412) African American Theatre (3) Exploration of the development of African American theatre from its roots in Africa through the Diaspora to the present time.
Effective: Spring 2013
Prerequisite: THEA 100  

AF AM 416 (US;IL) (S T S 416) Race, Gender and Science (3) The class will focus on race and gender as products of science, and how societal values shape scientific activity.
Effective: Fall 2015
Prerequisite: 6 credits in S T S WMNST or AAA S  

AF AM 422 (US) (CAS 422) Contemporary African American Communication (3) A focused study on the continuities between African and African American culture and communication.
Effective: Spring 2013
Prerequisite: CAS 100  

AF AM 431 (US;IL) (HIST 431) Black Liberation and American Foreign Policy (3) This course deals with American foreign policy and Black liberation in Africa since 1945.
Effective: Spring 2013
Prerequisite: AF AM 100, AFR 192;PL SC 001 orPL SC 014  

AF AM 432 (IL) (HIST 432) Between Nation and Empire: The Caribbean in the 20th Century (3) An exploration of the political evolution of the Caribbean Region over the course of the 20th Century.
Effective: Fall 2012
Prerequisite: AF AM 250  

AF AM 445Y (US) (LER 445Y, PL SC 445Y) Politics of Affirmative Action (3) Examines history, politics, and economics of the use of special programs to advance racial interests in the U.S.
Effective: Fall 2012
Prerequisite: AAA S 100 level course andPL SC 001 orPL SC 007  

AF AM 460 (US;IL) (PHIL 460) African American Philosophy (3) Major works by African American Philosophers, on topics of race, freedom, citizenship, nationhood, law and society.
Effective: Spring 2013
Prerequisite: AF AM 100 orPHIL 009 and 5th semester standing  

AF AM 465 (US) (HIST 465) The Post-World War II Civil Rights Movement (3) The civil rights struggle and its impact upon American politics.
Effective: Spring 2015
Prerequisite: AF AM 100, HIST 021, HIST 152, PL SC 001 orPL SC 002  

AF AM 469 (US) (ENGL 469) Slavery and the Literary Imagination (3) The impact of slavery on the petitions, poetry, slave narratives, autobiographies, and novels of African Americans.
Effective: Fall 2012
Prerequisite: ENGL 015 orENGL 030  

AF AM 492 (C I 492, EDTHP 492) Identities, Power and Perceptual Pedagogies in Teaching and Learning (3) Students will perform inquires into the intersections of identities, power, and pedagogical formations in relation to urban teaching/learning contexts.
Effective: Summer 2015
Prerequisite: 5th semester standing  

AF AM 494 Research Project (1-12 per semester/maximum of 12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Summer 2012
 

AF AM 494H Research Project (1-12 per semester/maximum of 12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Summer 2012
 

AF AM 495 Internship (1-18 per semester/maximum of 18) Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction including field experiences, practica, or internships.
Effective: Summer 2012
 

AF AM 496 Independent Studies (1-18 per semester/maximum of 18) Creative projects, including research and design, that are supervised on an individual basis and that fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Summer 2012
 

AF AM 497 Special Topics (1-9 per semester/maximum of 9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject that may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Summer 2012
 

AF AM 499 Foreign Studies (1-12 per semester/maximum of 12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2012
 

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