African-American Studies Minor - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog

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, including the following 2 requirement(s):

  1. Complete the following 3 requirements:

    1. Complete the following course:

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

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

      PSYC 246 Psychology of the Black Experience (3 hours lecture) 3
      SOCI 102 Racial and Ethnic Relations (3 hours lecture) 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 hours lecture) 3
    ANTH 170 Peoples of Africa (3 hours lecture) 3
    ARHT 191 African-American Art (3 hours lecture) 3
    ARHT 281 African Art: Sub-Saharan (3 hours lecture) 3
    DNCE 145 World Dance (3 hours lecture) 3
    EAES 377 Geography of Sub-Sahara Africa (3 hours lecture) 3
    ECON 405 Economic Development of Sub-Saharan Africa (3 hours lecture) 3
    ENGL 238 Black Writers in the United States: A Survey (3 hours lecture) 3
    ENLT 366 African Myth and Literature (3 hours lecture) 3
    FCST 445 Poverty and Families (3 hours lecture) 3
    GNHU 381 Africa in Classical Antiquity (3 hours lecture) 3
    HIST 108 Introduction to African Civilization (3 hours lecture) 3
    HIST 217 History of Black Americans (3 hours lecture) 3
    MGMT 332 Minorities in Business (3 hours lecture) 3
    MUGN 109 Introduction to Jazz (3 hours lecture) 3
    MUGN 120 Rap and Rock as Cultural Phenomena (2 hours lecture, 1 hour lab) 3
    MUGN 150 Influence of Afro-American Culture on Music (3 hours lecture) 3
    POLS 204 Government and Politics of Africa (3 hours lecture) 3
    POLS 312 Black Politics in America (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 246 Psychology of the Black Experience (3 hours lecture) 3
    RELG 250 African Religions (3 hours lecture) 3
    RELG 252 African-American Religion (3 hours lecture) 3
    SOCI 102 Racial and Ethnic Relations (3 hours lecture) 3
    SOCI 105 Black Family (3 hours lecture) 3
    SOCI 311 Urban Sociology (3 hours lecture) 3

Course Descriptions:

AFAM100: Introduction to Black Studies (3 hours lecture)

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 (3 hours lecture)

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 (3 hours lecture)

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 World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

ARHT191: African-American Art (3 hours lecture)

Afro-American art in the United States from colonial times to the present. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

ARHT281: African Art: Sub-Saharan (3 hours lecture)

The art and material cultures of Africa from prehistoric remains to contemporary art: stylistic groupings; relation to ceremony and to daily life; symbolism; and relations to the arts of other cultures. Meets World Cultures Requirement. Fulfills the Special Topics requirement for majors. Previous course ARHS 458 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

DNCE145: World Dance (3 hours lecture)

The distinctive techniques customarily related to specific non-western cultures. The groups studied will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for a maximum of twelve (12) credits. Meets the World Cultures Requirement. If taken more than once, must be with a different cultural content. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Previous course DNCE 245 effective through Spring 2015. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval required.

EAES377: Geography of Sub-Sahara Africa (3 hours lecture)

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. Previous course EUGS 412 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: EAES 202, EAES 210, EAES 281, EAES 283 or departmental approval.

ECON405: Economic Development of Sub-Saharan Africa (3 hours lecture)

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 World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ECON 203 and 207. Major within School of Business, African-American Studies minor.

ENGL238: Black Writers in the United States: A Survey (3 hours lecture)

Black writers in the United States from Colonial times to the present. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

ENLT366: African Myth and Literature (3 hours lecture)

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

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

FCST445: Poverty and Families (3 hours lecture)

Students examine the impact of economic structures, social conditions, gender, race and ethnicity as they affect the family system as well as various social factors 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 University Writing Requirement for majors in Family and Child Studies. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FCST 304. Restricted to majors within the Family and Child Studies department.

GNHU381: Africa in Classical Antiquity (3 hours lecture)

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 World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

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

HIST108: Introduction to African Civilization (3 hours lecture)

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 World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

HIST217: History of Black Americans (3 hours lecture)

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 World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

MGMT332: Minorities in Business (3 hours lecture)

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 World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: MGMT 231, MKTG 240. Major within School of Business, African-American Studies Minor.

MUGN109: Introduction to Jazz (3 hours lecture)

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 World Cultures Requirement. Previous course MUGN 209 effective through Spring 2014. 3 sh.

MUGN120: Rap and Rock as Cultural Phenomena (2 hours lecture, 1 hour lab)

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 World Cultures Requirement. Previous course MUGN 250 effective through Spring 2014. 3 sh.

MUGN150: Influence of Afro-American Culture on Music (3 hours lecture)

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

POLS204: Government and Politics of Africa (3 hours lecture)

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 World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

POLS312: Black Politics in America (3 hours lecture)

Black participation in the American political system from the colonial period to the present. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 101 or departmental approval.

PSYC246: Psychology of the Black Experience (3 hours lecture)

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 World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.

RELG250: African Religions (3 hours lecture)

An introduction to the indigenous cosmological concepts, ritual practices, and value systems of the peoples of sub-Sahara Africa. Variations on African religious beliefs and practices in the West Indies, such as Voodoo in Haiti, Santeria in Cuba, and Candomble in Brazil will also be examined. Meets Gen Ed 2002-Social Science, Non-Western Perspectives. Meets World Cultures Requirement. Previous course RELG 106 effective through Winter 2013. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102 or ENWR 105 or HONP 100 may be taken as prerequisite or corequisite. Starting Winter 2016: ENWR 105 or HONP 100 may be taken as prerequisite or corequisite.

RELG252: African-American Religion (3 hours lecture)

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 the 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 World Cultures Requirement. Previous course RELG 108 effective through Winter 2013. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102. Starting Winter 2016: ENWR 105 or HONP 100 may be taken as prerequisite or corequisite.

SOCI102: Racial and Ethnic Relations (3 hours lecture)

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 General Education 2002 - Social Science. Meets World Cultures Requirement. Previous course SOCI 202 effective through Winter 2012. 3 sh.

SOCI105: Black Family (3 hours lecture)

The black family in American society; historical perspectives and contemporary conflicts surrounding the black family. Meets World Cultures Requirement. Previous course SOCI 205 effective through Spring 2013. 3 sh.

SOCI311: Urban Sociology (3 hours lecture)

Processes of urbanization and suburbanization; nature of urban social relations, including racial and ethnic relations; urban ecological patterns and demographic conditions. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SOCI 104 or SOCI 105 or SOCI 106 or SOCI 201 or SOCI 207 or SOCI 209 or SOCI 220 or SOCI 230 or departmental approval.