African American Studies Courses

African American Studies (AFRAM)

AFRAM-100 Topics in African American Studies

.5-4 Units: 9-72 hours of lecture and/or 27-216 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG

This course covers topics in African and African American history and culture. Topics will be chosen to supplement and serve as additions to current offerings in the area, and will be announced each term in the current schedule of classes.

AFRAM-110 Introduction to African American Studies

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

This course will provide students with a historical awareness and a multidisciplinary overview of African American studies as an academic discipline. It will focus on the sociopolitical and cultural experience of African Americans in the United States. Topics to be covered include philosophy, history, religion, sociology, political economy, psychology and creative arts.

AFRAM-120 Black Experience Through Film

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU, UC

This course offers an examination of African American life and culture as depicted on film and video, with emphasis on independent black filmmakers, issues and themes in contemporary films, impact on films, and impact of films on African American society.

AFRAM-125 The Education of African Americans

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU

This course explores issues pertaining to the education and schooling of African Americans. It encompasses a wide range of voices and viewpoints through the examination of issues such as the accessibility of educational opportunities and resources, the role of schooling in socialization, racism as an “institutionalized practice”, associations between ability and race, ability grouping and teacher expectations, the validity of IQ tests, and the educational impact of poverty economic structures and language. Various educational policies and programs will be analyzed in the context of the African American experience.

AFRAM-226 Black Male and Female Relationships

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU

This course is an interdisciplinary analysis of African American male and female relationships. Students will increase their understanding of social and psychological factors to be considered in the development of African American people living in a white-oriented society. This class will provide a historical update of the dismantling of the American extended family support system and its negative impact on our modern day love relationships. Students will be involved in a comparative study that critiques Asian American, European American, Hispanic American, and African American love relationships.

AFRAM-298 Independent Study

.2-4 Units: 3.6-72 hours of independent study, per term, SC, DG

Prerequisite: Educational contract of study signed by an instructor, department chair and vice president. Topics must extend beyond regular course offerings.

This course is designed for selected students to pursue independent study in African American studies under the direction of an instructor.

AFRAM-300 Field Studies

.1-4 Units: 1.8-72 hours of lecture and/or 5.4-216 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG

This course provides the opportunity for students to participate in field experience in various disciplines. In all cases, field classes will be oriented toward direct involvement by the student in some outside activity which should supplement the classroom experience. Petition to repeat for maximum units.