African-American Studies Minor - Undergraduate - 2009 University Catalog

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The undergraduate minor in African-American studies is an interdisciplinary academic program designed to be complementary to any of the undergraduate majors of Montclair State. The African-American and African syntheses within the context of African, American and European culture are presented with their transcultural, interethnic and intellectual traditions-providing an appreciation of the heritage, arts, sciences and values on non-European and non-Euro-American groups. The African-American Studies program will also provide for Black students a greater knowledge of self, self-respect and self-esteem. African-American Studies for other students will build knowledge and awareness of African-American history, African-American culture and African-American people. Students who are interested in completing the requirements of the minor are urged to consult with the director about their programs.

AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES MINOR

Complete 18 semester hours, from the following:

  1. Complete the following 3 requirements:

    1. Complete the following course:

      AFAM 100 Introduction to Black Studies 3
    2. Complete 1 course from the following:

      HIST 108 Introduction to African Civilization 3
      HIST 217 History of Black Americans 3
    3. Complete 1 course from the following:

      PSYC 246 Psychology of the Black Experience 3
      SOCI 202 Racial and Ethnic Relations 3
  2. Complete 9 semester hours from the following: (ECON250, ENGL493, RELG350 & RELG352 may also be used if the topic is relevant)

    AFAM 207 The Black Woman: An Introductory Course 3
    ANTH 170 Peoples of Africa 3
    ARHS 275 Afro-American Art 3
    ARHS 458 African Art: Sub-Saharan 3
    DNCE 245 Dance Technique: Ethnic 3
    ECON 405 Economic Development of Sub-Saharan Africa 3
    ENGL 238 Black Writers in the United States: A Survey 3
    ENLT 366 African Myth and Literature 3
    EUGS 412 Geography of Sub-Sahara Africa 3
    FCST 445 Poverty and Families 3
    GNHU 381 Africa in Classical Antiquity 3
    HIST 108 Introduction to African Civilization 3
    HIST 217 History of Black Americans 3
    MGMT 332 Minorities in Business 3
    MUGN 150 Influence of Afro-American Culture on Music 3
    MUGN 209 Introduction to Jazz 3
    MUGN 250 Rap and Rock as Cultural Phenomena 3
    POLS 204 Government and Politics of Africa 3
    POLS 312 Black Politics in America 3
    PSYC 246 Psychology of the Black Experience 3
    RELG 106 African Religious Traditions 3
    RELG 108 African-American Religious Experience 3
    SOCI 202 Racial and Ethnic Relations 3
    SOCI 205 Black Family 3
    SOCI 311 Urban Sociology 3

Course Descriptions:

AFAM100: Introduction to Black Studies

This course is designed: (1) to introduce and define the origins, relevance and scope of Black Studies and to discuss critically major challenges facing Black Studies; (2) to introduce and to delineate fundamental issues and areas for critical discussion in the discipline and the seven core areas of Black Studies (Black History, Black Religion, Black Social Organization, Black Politics, Black Economics, Black Creative Production, Black Psychology), as well as the emergence and development of Afrocentricity, Black Women's Studies, Multicultural Studies, and Classical African Studies; and (3) to raise provocative questions about the Black experience which cultivate the use of and an appreciation for inquiry and analysis as indispensable tools to an effective grasp and critical discussion of Black Studies. 3 sh.

AFAM207: The Black Woman: An Introductory Course

This interdisciplinary course examines the lived experiences and contributions of women of African descent through analysis of social context and a variety of theoretical perspectives. The myths and realities of Black women's experiences are explored chronologically and through literary contributions, social and political thought, and creative expression such as music and other media. 3 sh.

ANTH170: Peoples of Africa

Diversity in the lifestyles of representative African cultures; prehistory, culture change, and contemporary problems in sub-Saharan Africa. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. 3 sh.

ARHS275: Afro-American Art

Afro-American art in the United States from colonial times to the present. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Fine and Performing Arts: Art Appreciation. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. 3 sh.

ARHS458: African Art: Sub-Saharan

The painting, sculpture and minor arts of the cultures of Africa; prehistoric remains and art traditions of the more recent past in the context of stylistic groupings; relation to ceremony and to daily life; symbolism and relations to the arts of other cultures. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

DNCE245: Dance Technique: Ethnic

The distinctive techniques customarily related to specific racial and cultrual groups. The groups studied will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for a maximum of twelve credits. Meets the Multicultural Awareness Requirement (MAR). 3 sh.

ECON405: Economic Development of Sub-Saharan Africa

An examination of economic policies in Africa as they affect prospects for growth and development of the region. Students will engage in a variety of research projects that combine theory with analytical tools to derive policy-relevant findings. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ECON 203 and 207.

ENGL238: Black Writers in the United States: A Survey

Black writers in the United States from Colonial times to the present. Meets the Human and Intercultural Relations Requirement (HIRR). Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENLT366: African Myth and Literature

The nature of the sub-Saharan experience and vision through African myths and literary works within the context of culture, criticism and theory. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

EUGS412: Geography of Sub-Sahara Africa

Topical and regional study of African soils, vegetation, climate, physiography, mineral resources and other aspects of the physical environment in the light of man's habitation of the continent. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Junior or senior status or permission of the instructor.

FCST445: Poverty and Families

Examines the impact of economic structures, social conditions, gender, race and ethnicity as they affect the family system. This course will further examine the various social problems that place families at risk including family structures and community conditions such as poverty, access to resources, and geographic locations. Community contact is a requirement of the course. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Contemporary Issues. Meets the Human and Intercultural Relations Requirement (HIRR). Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 200.

GNHU381: Africa in Classical Antiquity

The importance of Africa in the Greco-Roman world: economic,intellectual, political, and artistic contributions; Blacks and ancient institutions: army, theater, sport, government, slavery; ancient attitudes toward race; famous Africans of antiquity. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: GNHU 201 or HIST 281 or GNHU 281 or GNHU 282 or departmental approval.

HIST108: Introduction to African Civilization

Pre-colonial African civilization and its eclipse under slavery and the colonial onslaught. Principal social, political and cultural systems of the period. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. 3 sh.

HIST217: History of Black Americans

Role of Americans of African descent in the development of the United States. Contributions of black Americans from initial discovery and exploration to mid-20th century. Meets the Human and Intercultural Relations Requirement (HIRR). Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. 3 sh.

MGMT332: Minorities in Business

Methods and techniques for solving problems minority group members may encounter in business. New or existing personnel in managerial and non-managerial positions in established firms; minority group members as entrepreneurs; relationships with other members of an organization. Meets the Human and Intercultural Relations Requirement (HIRR). Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: MGMT 231, MKTG 240.

MUGN150: Influence of Afro-American Culture on Music

Ways in which the Afro-American culture has affected the development of American folk and art music. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. 3 sh.

MUGN209: Introduction to Jazz

Jazz as an American phenomenon. Musical materials as manipulated by jazz artists; the impact on American popular music, dance and theater; early jazz players and developments. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Fine and Performing Arts: Art Appreciation. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. 3 sh.

MUGN250: Rap and Rock as Cultural Phenomena

This course will explore the creative process in music of urban cultures. It will examine social structures, and the criteria of the groups which make and appreciate styles that emanate from urban cultures. Rap music will be the primary focus. Attention will also be given to other styles, such as Rock, rooted in the same historical background. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Electives, Creative Expression. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. 3 sh.

POLS204: Government and Politics of Africa

The salient characteristics of government and politics in the independent black African states, and the way these impinge on developmental efforts therein, are examined. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. 3 sh.

POLS312: Black Politics in America

Black participation in the American political system from the colonial period to the present. Meets the Human and Intercultural Relations Requirement (HIRR). Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 101 or departmental approval.

PSYC246: Psychology of the Black Experience

Covers the historical impact of scientific and institutional racism on the psychological study of blacks. Survey and critical analysis of traditional European approaches with non-traditional methods for comparison. Future development and advancement of a black psychology considered. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Social Science, Survey Course. Meets the Human and Intercultural Relations Requirements (HIRR). Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.

RELG106: African Religious Traditions

An introduction to the indigenous cosmological concepts, ritual practices, and value systems of the peoples of sub-Sahara Africa. The retentions of African religious beliefs and practices in the cultures of the "New World" as encountered in Voodoo in Haiti, Santeria in Cuba, and Candomble in Brazil will also be examined. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. 3 sh.

RELG108: African-American Religious Experience

The course will aim at engaging students in an active examination of the role of religion in the life of African-Americans from the period of slavery to the present. Students will be expected to read extensively from a list of recommended texts and to write critical analyses on assigned topics. The style of instruction will combine lecture with discussion, thereby encouraging students to develop skills in critical thinking as well as the art of verbal expression. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. 3 sh.

SOCI202: Racial and Ethnic Relations

The social meaning of race and ethnicity. The social, psychological and structural sources of racism; the consequences of this phenomenon to groups; situation and comparative data. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Contemporary Issues. Meets the Human and Intercultural Relations Requirement (HIRR). Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. 3 sh.

SOCI205: Black Family

The black family in American society; historical perspectives and contemporary conflicts surrounding the black family. Meets the Human and Intercultural Relations Requirement (HIRR). Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. 3 sh.

SOCI311: Urban Sociology

Processes of urbanization and suburbanization; nature of urban social relations, including racial and ethnic relations; urban ecological patterns and demographic conditions. Meets the Human and Intercultural Relations Requirement (HIRR). Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Cultures. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SOCI 100 or 113 or 201 or 202 or 204 or departmental approval.