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AMS 101 - Introduction to African American Studies

3 credit hours - Three hours weekly; one term.
This course meets the Diversity Requirement.

Presents an overview of history, culture, religion, institutions, politics, economics, arts and psychology of peoples of African descent as developed from experience and both the old and new worlds. Multidisciplinary analysis of social life from an African-American perspective as illustrated in selected historical and contemporary writings.

Prerequisite(s): Eligibility for ENG 101 /ENG 101A .

Crosslisted: Also offered as AFA 101 ; credit is not given for both AMS 101 and AFA 101 .

Note: Typically offered at MC and OL; fall and spring terms.

Course Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply different theoretical approaches to issues of race, ethnicity and socialization
  2. Analyze the ways in which particular institutions have responded to communities of African ancestry in the United States.
  3. Analyze the ways in which race is socially and culturally constructed
  4. Evaluate the situation of Blacks in education, medicine and the health industry, religion, the arts, media, the workplace, and the law and public policy.
  5. Explain the relationship between the individual blacks experience and the collective black experience.