Courses Offered

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    AAS 170/HIS170

    ‣ Introduction to African History
    Course Details
    Description: Introduction to the history of Africa with an emphasis on the modern era.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Also Known As: His 170: Introduction to African History
    Instruction Type(s)

    AAS 201

    ‣ The African American Experience I
    Course Details
    Description: General overview including focus on race, economy, institutions, and key historical periods.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Lecture: Traditional

    AAS 202

    ‣ The African American Experience II
    Course Details
    Description: Survey of black experience using the study of culture and the arts as a major focus.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Lecture: Traditional

    AAS 302

    ‣ Judicial System and the African American Experience
    Course Details
    Description: An examination of the historical and contemporary relationships and interactions between the black population and the legal system in America. Concepts covered will include considerations of definitions of criminal conduct, societal responses to minority pressures and demands for justice, as well as intergroup relations between nondominant ethnic groups and enforcement components of society.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Lecture: Traditional

    AAS 307

    ‣ Peoples of Africa
    Course Details
    Description: This course examines the peoples of modern Sub-Saharan Africa, including patterns of African religions, the arts, politics, economics, and societies.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Lecture: Traditional

    AAS 308

    ‣ Politics of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
    Course Details
    Description: American legal and political freedoms, judicial policy making, criminal justice, civil rights.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Lecture: Traditional

    AAS 310

    ‣ Experiences of Black Mississippians
    Course Details
    Description: Cross-disciplinary focus on the social, political, economic, and cultural aspects of African American history in the state with the largest concentration of African Americans in the United States.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Seminar: Traditional

    AAS 315

    ‣ Political Systems of Sub-Saharan Africa
    Course Details
    Description: Analysis of the political systems of sub-Saharan Africa and their development from the interaction of African and European social forces.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Seminar: Traditional

    AAS 316

    ‣ The African Diaspora
    Course Details
    Description:This course is an introduction to several of the most important methods to the study of African Diaspora experiences, including cultural, archaeological,biological and linguistic approaches. Topics include slavery and colonialism,black revolt in the modern world, black nationalism, religious and ritual forms, foodways, music, genetics and genealogies, speech genres, and material culture.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Lecture: Traditional

    AAS 320

    ‣ African American Politics
    Course Details
    Description: An overview of the interaction between African Americans and the American political system.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Lecture: Traditional

    AAS 322

    ‣ Race, Gender, Science in Early America
    Course Details
    Description: This course examines conceptions and experiences of "gendered racial health" from the colonial period through Reconstruction.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Lecture: Traditional

    AAS 325

    ‣ African American History to 1865
    Course Details
    Description: Black American history from West Africa to 1865, emphasizing the role of black leaders and their struggle against racial segregation and oppression.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Lecture: Traditional

    AAS 326

    ‣ African American History Since 1865
    Course Details
    Description: A survey of the history of black Americans from the Civil War to the present, emphasizing the role of black leaders, the struggle against oppression, and the evolution of race relations.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Lecture: Traditional

    AAS 328

    ‣ African American Feminist Thought
    Course Details
    Description: Exploration of the micro-level and institutional intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality as articulated by African American women intellectuals from the 19th century to present with particular emphasis on social scientific theory and methodology. Topics include: early black feminist thought; comparisons of black and white women's feminisms; third-wave black feminist thought; sexuality, the body, and hip-hop.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Lecture: Traditional

    AAS 334

    ‣ Introduction to Field Work Techniques
    Course Details
    Description: Examination of theory, practice, and tradition of documentary field research, including the use of photography, film and video, and tape recorders. Special emphasis on documentary study of the American South.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Lecture: Traditional

    AAS 337

    ‣ Anthropology of Blues Culture
    Course Details
    Description: Examines the blues in all its myriad social and cultural roles and contexts, using the anthropological models and approaches of the oral and musical arts, linguistics, ethnohistory, ethnography, religion, and ritual analysis among others.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Lecture: Traditional

    AAS 341

    ‣ African American Literary Tradition I Begin to 1920
    Course Details
    Description: Begins with the oral tradition in Africa and continues with the evolution in form from slave narrations to autobiographies and novels; the incorporation of folk and popular materials into formal literature, and the idea of a literary tradition. Writers include Wheatley, Hammon, Equiano, Brown, Douglass, DuBois, Chesnutt, Dunbar, and Johnson.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Lecture: Traditional

    AAS 342

    ‣ African American Literary Tradition II 1920-Present
    Course Details
    Description: Covers modern African American literature, concentrating on poetry and the novel. Attention to modern uses of folk materials; criticism and aesthetic movements, problems in form, audience, genre; politics and the writer with focus on the emergence of African American female writers in contemporary literature. Selected works by Brown, Hurston, Hughes, Toomer, Wright, Ellison, Walker, Morrison, and selected playwrights.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Lecture: Traditional

    AAS 350

    ‣ Topics in African American History
    Course Details
    Description: Explores important themes from the perspectives of historical, cultural, and social/behavioral studies. Topics will vary.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Seminar: Traditional

    AAS 351

    ‣ Topics in African American Political and Social Institutions
    Course Details
    Description: Explores important themes from the perspective of social and behavioral studies.
    May be repeated once with a change in topic.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s):Lecture: Traditional

    AAS 352

    ‣ Topics in African American Culture
    Course Details
    Description: Explores important themes from the perspective of cultural studies.
    May be repeated once with a change in topic.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s):Lecture: Traditional

    AAS 360

    ‣ Topics in African American Studies Abroad
    Course Details
    Description: Students do departmentally approved course work at a foreign university. May be repeated with permission of director of the African American Studies program.
    Credits: 1-6 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Study Out-of-Country: Traditional

    AAS 362

    ‣ African American Women's History
    Course Details
    Description: An introduction to African American women's history, exploring the epistemology and scholarships of the field.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Lecture: Traditional

    AAS 371

    ‣ African Literature
    Course Details
    Description: A survey of the development of African literatures in the context of African history and of the political, social, and cultural forces that have influenced various African countries.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)

    AAS 373

    ‣ Caribbean Literature
    Course Details
    Description: A survey of Caribbean literatures from pre-Columbian cultures to the present. Emphasis on the development of Caribbean literatures in the context of Caribbean history and of the political, social, and cultural forces that shaped different Caribbean societies.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)

    AAS 386

    ‣ African and African American Arts
    Course Details
    Description: Interdisciplinary approach to the continuities between traditional and contemporary African and African American arts, with emphasis on architecture, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, basketry, jewelry, dance, and music.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)

    AAS 392

    ‣ Sub-Saharan Africa
    Course Details
    Description: History of Africa and African cultures from the earliest times to the present.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Lecture: Traditional

    AAS 395

    ‣ Survey of Black American Art
    Course Details
    Description: History and appreciation of the art of black Americans with emphasis on painting, sculpture, architecture, and other plastic art forms.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)

    AAS 412

    ‣ Studies in Black Popular Culture
    Course Details
    Description: Using a broad definition of black popular culture, this course will consider the relationship between representation and everyday life and pay particular attention to the production, dissemination, and consumption of black images produced by both blacks and non-blacks in the public arena.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Seminar: Traditional

    AAS 413

    ‣ Race and Ethnicity
    Course Details
    Description: Economic, political, cultural, and historical dimensions of contemporary racial and ethnic relations in both U.S. and international contents.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Pre-requisites: Soc 101: Introductory Sociology I (Minimum grade: D)
    Instruction Type(s): Seminar: Traditional

    AAS 414/SOC 414/SST 314

    ‣ Race, Place, and Space
    Course Details
    Description: Multi-disciplinary exploration of race, place, and space to modern identity formation in America, with special emphasis on the American South.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Lecture: Traditional

    AAS 420

    ‣ Major African American Writers
    Course Details
    Description: A comparative look at the development and impact of major African American writers.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Seminar: Traditional

    AAS 421

    ‣ Readings in US Black Feminism
    Course Details
    Description: Students will study the development, expression, ideology, and praxis of the politics African American women have developed to simultaneously counter both racism and sexism.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Seminar: Traditional

    AAS 437/HIS 326

    ‣ The Altantic Slave Trade and Africa
    Course Details
    Description: The development of the Atlantic slave trade in Africa from the sixteenth century to the second half of the nineteenth century.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Pre-requisites:Sophomore Standing Required.
    Instruction Type(s): Lecture: Traditional

    AAS 438

    ‣ Historical Perspectives on Slavery in the Americas
    Course Details
    Description: Examination of the roles of Europeans, Africans, and the nations of North and South America in the international slave trade and the institution of slavery in the western hemisphere.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Lecture: Traditional

    AAS 440

    ‣ History of African Americans in Sport
    Course Details
    Description: A historical survey of African Americans and their roles in various sports, beginning with black participation in the late 19th century and chronicling that involvement into the 21st century.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)

    AAS 441

    ‣ Comparative Black Literatures
    Course Details
    Description: A study of various black literatures, including African, African American and African-Caribbean in a comparative socio-cultural context.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)

    AAS 442

    ‣ The New Negro Era
    Course Details
    Description: Students will study the politics, artistic production, and changing natures of African American identity and racial politics in the period between World War I and World War II.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Seminar: Traditional

    AAS 443

    ‣ The Civil Rights Era
    Course Details
    Description: The African American struggle for civil rights, emphasizing the role of African Americans, the resistance of other racial and ethnic groups, and the role of federal and state agents/agencies from the perspective of political and social history.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Lecture: Traditional

    AAS 480

    ‣ African American Studies Senior Seminar
    Course Details
    Description: Capstone of the African American studies major using the seminar format to integrate interdisciplinary approaches to themes in African American culture, history, and institutions.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Seminar: Traditional

    AAS 498

    ‣ African American Studies Directed Study
    Course Details
    Description: Individual study of an issue or topic in an area of specialization where the student has demonstrated the interest and competence necessary for independent research. The issue topic must be selected in conference with appropriate faculty.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Independent Study: Traditional

    AAS 501

    ‣ African American Studies Seminar
    Course Details
    Description: Research, using the seminar format to focus on the African American experience during key historical periods: African origins, slave trade era, slavery, emancipation, urban migrations, and social and political integration. Special attention will be given to the socioeconomic, cultural, and political development of African Americans and the context within which it has occurred. Course content will vary.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Seminar: Traditional

    AAS 504

    ‣ Research in African American Studies
    Course Details
    Description: Intellectual history of research about the African American experience and the rise of African American studies. Critical examination of past and current research and its significance to various disciplines.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Lecture: Traditional

    AAS 509

    ‣ Historiography of African American History
    Course Details
    Description: An introduction to the research methods and principles of historiography as applied to specific events and issues in African American history. The course will focus on how African American history has been, and is being written. Topics include the major historians, theories, sources, uses of authentic materials, and fields of investigation. Does not satisfy history department M.A. 500-level historiography requirements.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Seminar: Traditional

    AAS 517

    ‣ African American Musical Tradition
    Course Details
    Description: A study of the historical and stylistic development of African American music from ancient Africa to present.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Lecture: Traditional

    AAS 518

    ‣ History of Jazz
    Course Details
    Description: A historical survey of American jazz with an emphasis on the musical styles and genres of specific African American composers and musicians.
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Lecture: Traditional

    AAS 593

    ‣ African American Literature
    Course Details
    Description: Selected Afrrican American prose, poetry, fiction, and drama, with emphasis on major figures, themes, periods, and movements. (May be repeated once for credit).
    Credits: 3 Credit(s)
    Instruction Type(s): Seminar: Traditional