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2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

Program in African-American Studies

College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

Web Page: http://www.coss.fsu.edu/aas/

Director: Dr. Patrick L. Mason

The African-American Studies Program is an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary study of the history, culture, and socio-economic well-being of African-Americans. Knowledge and research methods drawn from several disciplines enable students to enhance their understanding of African-Americans' unique social circumstances and heritage, and acquire a deeper comprehension of the history and culture of the nation as a whole. Located in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, the program utilizes faculty from several departments within and beyond the College. African-American Studies offers students the opportunity to understand American society and the international arena from the unique vantage point of the African Diaspora, most especially focusing on Americans of African descent.

Computer Skills Competency

All undergraduates at Florida State University must demonstrate basic computer skills competency prior to graduation. As necessary computer competency skills vary from discipline to discipline, each major determines the courses needed to satisfy this requirement. Undergraduate majors in African-American Studies satisfy this requirement by earning a grade of "C–" or higher in CGS 2060 or CGS 2100.

With the director's approval, courses offered at Florida A&M University that are not offered at FSU may be used to fulfill the requirements for African-American Studies major and minor. A minimum of fifteen semester hours in African-American Studies courses must be taken at Florida State University.

Requirements for a Minor in African-American Studies

The program minor consists of eighteen semester hours with and a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all coursework and a grade of "C–" or better in each course. The minor is to be structured as follows:

  1. Completion of nine hours in African-American Studies, including the core sequence:

    AFA 2000 Introduction to the African-American Experience (3)

    And

    AFA 3101 Theory and Dynamics of Racism and Oppression (3)

    Or

    SYD 4700 Race and Minority Group Relations (3)

    And

    ANT 4352 Peoples and Cultures of Africa (3)

    Or

    LAH 4723 Race and Class in Colonial Latin America (3)

    Or

    SOP 3782 Psychology of the African-American (3)

  2. At least three hours of African or African-American History
  3. At least six hours of African-American Studies Supplementary Courses listed at the last section under requirements for the major

Requirements for a Major in African-American Studies

The African-American Studies major requires a total of thirty-six semester hours. Courses from the African-American Studies core provide the foundational knowledge and theoretical perspectives for the major. Utilizing the electives, students complete a specialty within a particular area of intellectual interest. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree may specialize in economics, political science, or sociology. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree may specialize in humanities. In each case, the student selects nine hours from African-American Studies core courses, six hours of either African or African-American history, and twenty-one hours of elective courses from a chosen specialty area. Students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all coursework for the major and a grade of "C–" or better in each course.

Core Course Requirements

Students must complete nine hours in the African-American Studies core sequence:

AFA 2000 Introduction to the African-American Experience (3)

And

AFA 3101 Theory and Dynamics of Racism and Oppression (3)

Or

SYD 4700 Race and Minority Group Relations (3)

And

ANT 4352 Peoples and Cultures of Africa (3)

Or

LAH 4723 Race and Class in Colonial Latin America (3)

Or

SOP 3782 Psychology of the African-American (3)

History Requirement

Completion of six hours in African and/or African-American history courses selected from the following:

AFH 1000 African History and Civilization (3)

AFH 3451 Sub-Sahara Africa Since 1800 (3)

AFH 4302 North African History: A Survey (3)

AMH 1091 The African-American Experience in the United States (3)

AMH 2096 Black Women in America (3)

AMH 2097 Nationality, Race, and Ethnicity in the United States (3)

AMH 4571 Black America to 1877 (3)

AMH 4572 Black America Since 1877 (3)

LAH 4470 History of the Caribbean (3)

LAH 4723 Race and Class in Colonial Latin America (3)

HIS 4930r Special Topics in History (3) (*with approved topic)

Bachelor of Science (BS) Track Requirements

Completion of an economics, political science, or sociology specialty area as described below.

Economics Specialty

The economics specialty consists of twenty-one hours of coursework from the following set of courses. Students should consult with their academic advisor for necessary prerequisite coursework.

  1. Required courses (six hours):

    ECO 4421 Introduction to Econometrics (3)

    And

    ECO 3104 Applied Microeconomic Analysis (3)

    Or

    ECO 3101 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (3)

  2. Additional specialty courses (nine hours):

    ECO 4704 International Trade (3)

    ECP 3143 Afro-Americans in the American Political Economy (3)

    ECP 3203 Labor Economics (3)

    ECP 4613 Urban Economics (3)

    ECS 4013 Economics of Development (3)

  3. Supplementary courses (six hours) selected from the approved African-American Studies supplementary course list.

Political Science Specialty

The political science specialty consists of twenty-one hours of coursework from the following set of courses. Students should consult with their academic advisor for necessary prerequisite coursework.

  1. Required course (three hours):

    POS 3713 Understanding Political Science Research (3)

  2. Additional specialty courses (twelve hours):

    CPO 3034 Politics of Developing Areas (3)

    POS 3142 Urban Politics (3)

    POS 3931 Special Topics in Government (1–3)

    POS 4624 The Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights (3)

    PUP 3002 Introduction to Public Policy (3)

    PUP 4024 Interest Groups, Social Movements, and Public Policy (3)

    URP 4741 Introduction to Issues in Housing and Community
    Development (3)

  3. Supplementary courses: (six hours) selected from the approved African-American Studies supplementary course list.

Sociology Specialty

The sociology specialty consists of twenty-one hours of coursework from the following set of courses. Students should consult with their academic advisor for necessary prerequisite coursework.

  1. Required courses (six hours):

    SYA 4010 Sociological Theory (3)

    SYA 4400 Social Statistics (3) or POS 3713 Understanding Political Science Research (3)

  2. Additional specialty courses (nine hours):

    SYA 4930 Selected Topics in Sociology (3)

    SYD 4700 Race and Minority Group Relations (3)

    SYD 4730 African Americans in Modern Society (3)

    SYO 3530 Social Classes and Inequality (3)

    SYP 3350 Collective Action and Social Movements (3)

  3. Supplementary courses: (six hours) selected from the approved African-American Studies supplementary course list.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Track Requirements

Completion of a foreign language requirement through the intermediate college level in French, Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree and completion of requirements for the humanities specialty area:

Humanities Specialty

The humanities specialty consists of twenty-one hours from the following set of courses. Students should consult with their academic advisor for necessary prerequisite coursework.

  1. Humanities specialty courses (fifteen hours)

    AFH 3451 Sub-Sahara Africa Since 1800 (3)

    AFH 4302 North African History: A Survey (3)

    AMH 1091 The African-American Experience in the United States (3)

    AMH 2096 Black Women in America (3)

    AMH 2097 Nationality, Race, and Ethnicity in the United States (3)

    AMH 4571 Black America to 1877 (3)

    AMH 4572 Black America Since 1877 (3)

    AML 2600 Introduction to African-American Literature (3)

    AML 3682 American Multi-Ethnic Literature (3)

    AML 4604 The African-American Literary Tradition (3)

    ARH 2630C Survey in African-American Art and Aesthetics (3)

    ARH 4118 Archaeology of Ancient Egypt (3)

    DAN 3185 African-American Dance in American Culture (3)

    HIS 4930r Special Topics in History (3) (*with approved topic)

    LAH 4470 History of the Caribbean (3)

    LAH 4723 Race and Class in Colonial Latin America (3)

    LIT 4329 African American Folklore (3)

    MUH 4801 History of Jazz I (2)

    MUH 4802 History of Jazz II (2)

    REL 3936r Special Topics in Religion (1–3). (*with approved topic)

    REL 4190r Undergraduate Religion and Culture Seminar (3) (*with approved topic)

  2. Supplementary courses: (six hours) selected from the approved African-American Studies supplementary course list.

African-American Studies Supplementary Course List (six hours)

AFA 3101 Theory and Dynamics of Racism and Oppression (3)

AFA 3330 Black Families in America (3)

AFA 3930r Special Topics (1–3)

AFA 4905r African American Studies Directed Individual Study (1–4)

Anthropology

ANT 4352 Peoples and Culture of Africa (3)

Art History

ARH 4118 Archaeology of Ancient Egypt (3)

Communications

SPC 4710 Interracial/Intercultural Communication (3)

Criminology

CCJ 4662 Minorities, Crime, and Social Policy (3)

CCJ 4938 Special Topics in Criminology (3)

Dance

DAN 3185 African American Dance in American Culture (3)

Economics

ECO 4704 International Trade (3)

ECP 3143 Afro-Americans in the American Political Economy (3)

ECP 3203 Labor Economics (3)

ECP 4613 Urban Economics (3)

ECS 4013 Economics of Development (3)

English

AML 2600 Introduction to African-American Literature (3)

AML 3682 American Multi-Ethnic Literature (3)

AML 4604 The African-American Literary Tradition (3)

LIT 4329 African American Folklore (3)

History

AFH 3451 Sub-Sahara Africa Since 1800 (3)

AFH 4302 North African History: A Survey (3)

AMH 1091 The African-American Experience in the United States (3)

AMH 2096 Black Women in America (3)

AMH 2097 Nationality, Race, and Ethnicity in the United States (3)

AMH 4571 Black America to 1877 (3)

AMH 4572 Black America Since 1877 (3)

LAH 4470 History of the Caribbean (3)

LAH 4723 Race and Class in Colonial Latin America (3)

HIS 4930r Special Topics in History (3) (*with approved topic)

Music

MUH 4801 History of Jazz I (2)

MUH 4802 History of Jazz II (2)

Philosophy

PHM 2121 Philosophy of Race, Class and Gender (3)

Political Science

CPO 3034 Politics of Developing Areas (3)

POS 3142 Urban Politics (3)

POS 3931 Special Topics in Government (1–3)

POS 4624 The Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights (3)

PUP 3002 Introduction to Public Policy (3)

PUP 4024 Interest Groups, Social Movements, and Public Policy (3)

Psychology

SOP 3782 Psychology of the African-American (3)

Religion

REL 3936r Special Topics in Religion (1–3). (*with approved topic)

REL 4190r Undergraduate Religion and Culture Seminar (3) (*with approved topic)

Sociology

SYD 3600 Cities in Society (3)

SYD 4700 Race and Minority Group Relations (3)

SYD 4730 African Americans in US Society (3)

SYG 2010 Social Problems (3)

SYO 3530 Social Classes and Inequality (3)

SYO 4352 The Sixties: Social Change, Social Movement (3)

SYP 3350 Collective Action and Social Movements (3)

Urban and Regional Planning

URP 4741 Introduction to Issues in Housing and Community Development (3)

*Note: Special topics and seminar courses receive credit toward the African-American Studies major or minor only when it is appropriate for them to do so. Where appropriate, courses offered at Florida A&M University that are not offered at FSU may be used to fulfill the requirement for a Bachelor's degree with permission of the academic dean.

Definition of Prefix

AFA—African-American Studies

Undergraduate Courses

AFA 1003. Diversity and Justice (1). This course integrates African authors, pre- and post-Apartheid, to demonstrate the problems of living in a diverse world. It fosters awareness and acceptance of people different from students through the study of African-American culture, and stimulates an appreciation and respect for people of all cultures.

AFA 2000. Introduction to the African-American Experience (3). This course is an interdisciplinary examination of African-American culture and socio-economic status. This course also explores elements of the African Diaspora.

AFA 3101. Theory and Dynamics of Racism and Oppression (3). This course is a conceptual, institutional, and historical analysis of the operation and inner logic of racism and oppression.

AFA 3330. Black Families in America (3). This course explores the social, economic, and cultural forces that have shaped the development of African-American families. In examining historical and contemporary transitions in the structure and functioning of African-American families, special emphasis is given to the bifurcation in the distribution of wealth and power in American society, as well as the role of racial stratification. The course also seeks to empirically examine contemporary policy and political debates on crucial issues confronting African-American families.

AFA 3930r. Special Topics (1–3). This course varies with instructor and semester. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.

AFA 4905r. African-American Studies Directed Individual Study (1–4). May be repeated to a maximum of four semester hours. May be repeated within the same semester.

AFRICAN HISTORY:

see African-American Studies; History