Requirements for Minor in African American Studies

African American Studies Minor

Director: Louis Woods
Louis.Woods@mtsu.edu
615-898-7987

The African American Studies Program offers an undergraduate interdisciplinary minor. The primary objective is to provide students an opportunity to examine the multidimensional, multicultural experiences of African Americans and their responses to the blending of an African heritage and American culture.

The person who completes the African American Studies minor will have enlarged perspectives and increased skills and marketability for jobs in the fields of education, criminal justice, social work, governmental departments and agencies, and in the private sector.

Interdisciplinary Minors

Interdisciplinary minors require the student to complete a minimum of 15 to 21 hours from a list of specific courses. Unless otherwise noted, a student may take no more than 6 hours of courses from a single department until he or she surpasses the required minimum number of hours necessary for completing the minor. Exceptions to this rule may be found within the discussions of several of the minors. In most cases, a student is also limited to just 3 hours of credit toward the minor in the same department or discipline in which he or she is taking a major. Except for the Paralegal Studies minor, no course may be counted both for major and minor credit. Students must fulfill all departmental prerequisites for any course within an interdisciplinary minor. In some cases, advisors may approve course substitutions within these program requirements.

Required Courses (12 hours)

 

  • AAS 2100 - Introduction to African American Studies

    3 credit hours

    Introductory interdisciplinary survey course which examines the African American experience from enslavement through the present; social, religious, political, and cultural interactions evolving from that experience.

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • AAS 3250 - Perspectives on Black Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Application of psychological principles to the personality development and behavior patterns of African Americans, in light of cultural heritage and contemporary events. Implications for assessment and counseling.

  • PSY 3250 - Perspectives on Black Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Application of psychological principles to the personality development and behavior patterns of African Americans, in light of cultural heritage and contemporary events. Implications for assessment and counseling.

  • AAS 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 2040.) The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

  • HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 2040.) The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

OR

  • AAS 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 2050.) The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

  • HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 2050.) The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

Electives (6 hours)

 

  • AAS 4600 - Interdisciplinary Seminar in African American Studies

    3 credit hours

    Selected topics, issues, and problems in the African and African American experience. Course emphasis on primary source materials, critical reading, and critical analysis. Topics will vary. This course may not be repeated for additional credit hours in the minor.

  • AAS 4990 - Independent Study in African American Studies

    3 credit hours

    Allows the examination of a specific topic within the study of Africa, the Caribbean, or America. Student conducts research and confers regularly with the instructor. Work must draw upon theories and methods applicable to African American Studies. See the program director for guidelines. This course may not be repeated for additional credit hours in the minor.

  • ART 4870 - African Art  3 credit hours  

    ART 4870 - African Art

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ART 1910 or permission of instructor. Survey of visual art from the African continent and an examination of selected artists of the African diaspora. Discussion of ancient through contemporary artistic production, with focus upon nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

  • ART 4880 - African American Art

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ART 1930 or permission of instructor. An art historical survey of African American culture and visual arts, beginning with eighteenth century expressions in painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts, but focusing on the twentieth century expressions.

  • MUHL 4540 - History of Black Gospel Music

    3 credit hours

    Historical and cultural survey of black gospel music from its West African and European American antecedents to the present.  

  • PS 3170 - Civil Rights Policy and Politics

    3 credit hours

    Assesses the institutional impact--past and present--of the civil rights movement on American political institutions (the presidency, Congress, the courts, the executive cabinets, the administrative regulatory agencies, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights). Events and topics include the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 1991 Civil Rights Act, voter dilution, felony disenfranchisement and sentencing disparities, campaign finance reform, affirmative action, disability rights, gender discrimination, and majority-minority congressional districts.

 

  • AAS 4240 - Race and Ethnic Relations

    3 credit hours

    (Same as SOC 4240.) The dynamics of race and ethnic relations in the United States from a socio historic perspective.

  • SOC 4240 - Race and Ethnic Relations

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 4240.) The dynamics of race and ethnic relations in the United States from a socio historic perspective.

  • AAS 3514 - People and Cultures of Africa

    3 credit hours

    (Same as ANTH 3514.) The diverse peoples and cultures of Africa. History, sociocultural system, and contemporary issues and impacts resulting from globalization from an anthropological perspective.

  • ANTH 3514 - Peoples and Cultures of Africa

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 3514.) The diverse peoples and cultures of Africa. History, sociocultural system, and contemporary issues and impacts resulting from globalization from an anthropological perspective.

  • AAS 3340 - The Black Experience in Modern Afro-American Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, AAS 2020 or HUM 2610. Defines and traces the development and transformations of the African American literary tradition. Emphasis on analysis of historical, literary, philosophical, and cultural contexts.

  • ENGL 3340 - African American Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Defines and traces the development and transformations of the African American literary tradition. Emphasis on analysis of historical, literary, philosophical, and cultural contexts.

  • AAS 3470 - Geography of Africa  3 credit hours  OR

    AAS 3470 - Geography of Africa

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the physical and cultural features of Africa, followed by a detailed study of the geographic regions of the continent.

  • GEOG 3470 - Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa

    3 credit hours

    Cultural and physical geography of Africa south of the Sahara Desert. Emphasis on geography of humans specifically their demographics, settlement patterns, urbanization, internal and external migrations, ethnicity and ethnic tensions, humans and natural resources, and globalization.

  • AAS 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 2040.) The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

  • HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 2040.) The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

  • AAS 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 2050.) The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

  • HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 2050.) The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

  • AAS 4430 - Sub-Saharan Africa  3 credit hours  OR

    AAS 4430 - Sub-Saharan Africa

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 4430.) Prerequisite: HIST 2040, HIST 2050, HIST 1010, HIST 1020, HIST 1110, or HIST 1120 or AAS 2040 or AAS 2050. Survey of the history of Africa from prehistoric times to the present. Emphasis on the early African kingdoms, European imperialism and colonialism, and the role of Africa as a contemporary world force.

  • HIST 4430 - Sub-Saharan Africa

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 4430.) Prerequisite: HIST 2040, HIST 2050, HIST 1010, HIST 1020, HIST 1110, or HIST 1120 or AAS 2040 or AAS 2050. Survey of the history of Africa from prehistoric times to the present. Emphasis on the early African kingdoms, European imperialism and colonialism, and the role of Africa as a contemporary world force.

  • AAS 4490 - Mexico and the Caribbean

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 4490.) The development of cultural, economic, and political traditions since 1492.

  • HIST 4490 - Mexico and the Caribbean

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 4490.) Prerequisite: Three hours of HIST 1010, HIST 1020, HIST 1110, or HIST 1120. The development of cultural, economic, and political traditions since 1492.

  • AAS 4750 - African American Social and Intellectual History

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 4750.) The changing ideology of race and the socioeconomic status of African Americans in the American experience; contributions to the culture and institutions of the United States.

  • HIST 4750 - African American Social and Intellectual History

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 4750.) Prerequisites: Six hours of HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 2030. The changing ideology of race and the socioeconomic status of African Americans in the American experience; contributions to the culture and institutions of the United States.

  • AAS 4755 - Race and Place: The Struggle for Fair Housing Since 1900

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 4755.) Examines the rise of various twentieth-century federal housing policies that made homeownership affordable for most Americans for the first time in the country's history. Particular emphasis placed on the exclusionary nature of these policies, their generational implications, and the activism that ultimately contributed to their demise.

  • HIST 4755 - Race and Place: The Struggle for Fair Housing Since 1900

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 4755.) Prerequisites: HIST 2020 or HIST 2050. Examines the rise of various twentieth-century federal housing policies that made homeownership affordable for most Americans for the first time in the country's history. Particular emphasis placed on the exclusionary nature of these policies, their generational implications, and the activism that ultimately contributed to their demise.

 

  • AAS 4530 - History of Jazz  3 credit hours  OR

    AAS 4530 - History of Jazz

    3 credit hours

    Study of the history and literature of jazz music including African roots, developments and aspects of style periods, and the contemporary state of jazz. Listening and analysis.

  • MUHL 4530 - History of Jazz  3 credit hours  

    MUHL 4530 - History of Jazz

    3 credit hours

    Study of the history and literature of jazz music including African roots, developments and aspects of style periods, and the contemporary state of jazz. Listening and analysis.

  • AAS 4200 - African American Film, Theater, and Television Images

    3 credit hours

    (Same as SOC 4200.) Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or PSY 1410. Survey of African-American film, theater, and television images in relation to social movements and social policy. Human behavior theory application and sociological paradigm application required.

 

  • AAS 3200 - Cultural Diversity: Competency for Practice

    3 credit hours

    (Same as SW 3200.) Prerequisites: SW 2570 and SW 2630. An examination of culturally appropriate practice issues that are essential considerations for effective service delivery, including African American families and ethnic subcultures predominant in the U.S.

  • SW 3200 - Cultural Diversity: Competency for Practice

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 3200.) Examines culturally appropriate practice issues that are essential considerations for effective service delivery, including African American families and ethnic subcultures predominant in the U.S.

  • AAS 3180 - African Politics  3 credit hours  OR

    AAS 3180 - African Politics

    3 credit hours

    (Same as PS 3180.) Prerequisite: PS 1010. Comparative study of the political systems, modernization efforts, and development problems of countries with different traditions or colonial pasts, selected from the continent of Africa.

  • PS 4180 - African Politics  3 credit hours  

    PS 4180 - African Politics

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 3180.) Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Comparative study of selected African political systems with different colonial traditions in the process of rapid change. The ideology and politics of development, political system forms and processes, modernization efforts, and the challenges of nation building.