Introduction to African American Studies

This course enables students to recognize important cultural influences that both formed and informed Africans and Europeans prior to their interactiosn in the New World, to understand the historically dialectical relationship between black and white people in United States Society, and to recognize the agency of black people in forming their experiences within American society. Throough lectures, assigned readings, and class discussions students will examine selected critical issues in the African American experience. Topics may include traditional West African societies, the institution of slavery, the slave community, antebellum free black people, black participation in the Civil War and Reconstruction, different post-bellum approaches to black education, the first fifty years of the twentieth century, and the Civil Rights Movement. In addition to written papers and essay examinations, the professor may assign oral presentations and/or group projects as course activities. (25-295)