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African American Studies

Academic Year: 2009 – 2010

Undergraduate Minor

The interdisciplinary African-American Studies minor explores the creation and development of black life, history, culture, and thought in the United States. Coursework in the department examines the directions, trends, and products of African-American cultures from the arrival of the first Africans to the shores of North America to contemporary manifestations of those cultures. In addition, the curriculum provides an introduction to classical African civilization and society. Elective coursework may examine the African Diaspora in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Many African-American studies courses are cross-listed in other disciplines, in particular History, English, and Women and Gender Studies. AAS currently features strong offerings in the area of popular culture. Students enrolled in African-American studies courses will receive a broad education in the appreciation of ethnicity, culture, history, and political and social philosophy.

Requirements of the Minor

Students fulfilling the minor in African-American studies will complete an introductory interdisciplinary core course, plus curriculum in History, Literature/Creative Expression, and upper-division elective hours. The minor consists of at least 15 hours, including:

The introductory course

AAS 301 ECCE: African American Studies                                                                  3 Hrs.

and one of the following

one course from the AAS 440 offerings                                                             4 Hrs.

or AAS 241 Survey of African American History                                              3 Hrs.

and one of the following

one course from the AAS 460 offerings                                                             4 Hrs.

or AAS 261 Survey of African American Literature                                           3 Hrs.

or AAS 262 Calabash: Caribbean Literature and Culture                                   3 Hrs.

Plus upper-division elective African-American Studies coursework or approved courses from other disciplines to total at least 15 hours.


Select ECCE courses may count toward the minor. See the minor advisor, Dr. Kemayo.

Courses offered

AAS 241 Survey of African American History

AAS 261 Survey of African American Literature

AAS 262 Calabash: Caribbean Literature and Culture

AAS 301 ECCE: African American Studies

AAS 403 Women of Color and Minority Women (see SOA 451, SWK 462, WGS 403)

AAS 432 African Americans and American Politics (see PSC 404)

AAS 433 ECCE: Civil Rights Movements of the Twentieth Century

AAS 440 Special Topics in African American History and Culture

May be repeated when topics vary.

AAS 439 African and Diaspora Music

AAS 450 Special Topics in African American Studies

May be repeated when topics vary.

AAS 460 Topics in Africana Literature

May be repeated when topics vary.

AAS 465 ECCE: Black Women Writers

AAS 499 Tutorial


DEGREES:

Undergraduate Minor

FACULTY

Faculty: Kamau Kemayo (literature and cultural production focus), Angela Winand (history)
Associated Faculty: Deborah Kuhn McGregor, Livinus Odozor, Annette Van Dyke.
Adjunct Faculty: Luz Solano

CONTACT INFO:

Phone: 217/206-6962
Email: aas@uis.edu
Website:http://www.uis.edu/africanamericanstudies/