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Undergraduate Degree Programs

English (ENGL)

ENGL 235 (US) (AF AM 235) African-American Oral Folk Tradition (3) The origins, forms, and function of the oral folk tradition of African Americans.

ENGL (AAA S) 235 African-American Oral Folk Tradition (3)
(US)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

By its concentration on ethnic and racial difference, AAA S/ENGL 235 fulfills the requirements of the University for the designation of an Intercultural/International Competence (GI) course. This lower division course provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to examine the origins, forms, and function of the oral folk tradition of Americans of African descent, especially the speech and music, from signifying to rap. Beginning with the issues of African or European origins, students will explore questions concerning the definitions, source, transmission, variation, meaning, and function of African-American folklore as the basis for a better understanding and appreciation of the distinctiveness of African-American culture and character. Assessment of student performance will include two oral reports, a folklore collection project, two (outside of class) essays of 5-10 pages typed, and a final examination consisting of essay questions and short answers. Students will also be evaluated upon their participation in class discussions. AAA S/ENGL 235 will be a basic core course for students emphasizing African-American literature within the English major. It will also be important in the offerings of African and African American Studies. AAA S/ENGL 235 will satisfy one of the five 200-level courses required for the major in English. It can also satisfy one of the six courses required for a minor in English. It will also be important in the offerings of African and African American Studies. This course can be used to fulfill a major requirement for African and African American Studies. It also will fulfill the University's cultural diversity requirement. The course will be offered once a year with an enrollment of 35 students per section.


General Education: None
Diversity: US
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Spring 2013
Prerequisite: ENGL 015 orENGL 030

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.