PROGRAM IN AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES
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African American Studies is an interdisciplinary program which offers undergraduate students an opportunity to study those societies and cultures established by the people of the African diaspora. The program's curriculum encourages students to investigate the African American experience from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and theoretical approaches. Among the topics explored in the course offerings are the process of colonization and the forced migration of African people, the positionality of African people in the racialized symbolic and social orders of the western hemisphere, the rhetoric produced by and about African people, and the cultural and aesthetic values associated with "blackness" and "Africanness." The Program offers a B.A. degree program in African American Studies and a minor.
UCI graduates with a B.A. degree in African American Studies enhance their chances of success in the job market and in the highly competitive arena of graduate and professional school admissions, especially in the fields of medicine and other health professions, law, and business. Employers and admissions officers understand that many of their employees and graduates will one day work in communities with significant African American populations, and for this reason they give due consideration to applicants who have in-depth knowledge of African American culture.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE B.A. DEGREE IN AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES
University Requirements: See pages 54-61.
School Requirements: See page 260.
Requirements for the Major
A. African American Studies 40A, 40B, 40C.
B. Five courses, one from each of the following five rubrics: Humanities (African American Studies 110-119), Gender/Sexuality (120-129), History (130-139), Fine Arts (140-149), and Social Sciences (150-159).
C. Four upper-division electives selected from the five rubrics listed above.
D. African American Studies 162, taken in satisfaction of the upper-division writing requirement, and African American Studies 163.
Residence Requirement for the Major: A minimum of five upper-division courses required for the major must be completed successfully at UCI.
Requirements for the Minor
African American Studies 40A, 40B, 40C and four upper-division courses chosen from four of the following five rubrics: Humanities (African American Studies 110-119), Gender/Sexuality (120-129), History (130-139), Fine Arts (140-149), and Social Sciences (150-159).
Residence Requirement for the Minor: Four upper-division courses required for the minor must be completed successfully at UCI. Two of the four may be taken through the UC Education Abroad Program, provided course content is approved in advance by the appropriate department chair.
Courses in African American Studies
(Schedule of Classes designation: AfAm)
40A, B, C African American Studies I, II, III (4, 4, 4). Introduction to the main contours of the African American experience, from the importation of Africans into the Americas to the present. 40A: Discusses main contours of African American experience from the forced importation of Africans into the Americas in the late fifteenth century to the development of social movements in post-emancipation societies of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 40B: Introduction to the history of modern racial thinking in Western society and its relationship to the material contexts of racial oppression, with emphasis on its development in British colonies and U.S. 40C: Introduction to theories of racial blackness in the modern world, with emphasis on developments in British colonies and U.S. Traces emergence of blackness as term of collective identity, social organization, and political mobilization. (III or IV; VII)
50 Introductory Topics in African American Studies (4). Introduction to a broad range of topics in African American studies, exploring history, literature, art, culture, politics, and contemporary social issues. Topical organization of courses addresses issues that have been of importance historically and are reshaping the African diaspora today. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
111A Modern African American Art (4). Investigates the history of modern African American art, emphasis on the politics of representation. Examines art in a variety of media from material culture and textiles to painting and photography. Issues of migration, nationalism, gender, sexuality, and hybridity are discussed. Same as Art History 164A.
111B Contemporary African American Art (4). Investigates the history of contemporary African American art, emphasis on the politics of representation. Explores art in a variety of media, painting, sculpture, photography, installation, and new media. Cultural politics, appropriation, identity, gender, sexuality, hybridity, and civil rights issues discussed. Same as Art History 164B.
112A Early African American Literature (4). Examines the earliest forms of black literary practices, including the jeremiad, the slave narrative, the novel, the pamphlet, poetry, the short story. How are these literary forms related to the historical experiences of enslavement and emancipation? May be taken twice for credit as topics vary.
112B African American Literature 1900-Present (4). Examines individual literary forms and/or authors, as well as movements such as the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts Movement. How does black literary practice represent the conditions of modern subjectivities and environments? May be taken twice for credit as topics vary.
113 African American Cinema and Media (4). Explores the diversity of Black creative production and the historical, social, and economic forces that shaped their emergence. May include Black film, hip-hop culture, fine art, photography, and others. May be taken twice for credit as topics vary.
114 International Cultures (4). Explores the various cultures of the African diaspora and their impacts on a global scale. Examines a diverse range of media, including music (reggae, hip-hop), literature, film, and others and the links between culture and social movements throughout the diaspora. May be taken twice for credit as topics vary.
115 Race and Visual Representation (4). Examines film, documentary, fine art, photography, and other visual media to explore the multiple ways in which ideas about race are projected and woven through the visual landscape and the impacts this has on perpetuating social inequalities. May be taken twice for credit as topics vary.
116 African Literatures (4). Examines literary figures, forms, and movements of African societies. How do these literatures represent indigenous cultural practices, the conditions of modernity, and the relations between both? May be taken twice for credit as topics vary.
117 Asian American and African American Relations (4). Addresses relationships of Asian American and African American communities in the United States. Topics include race, class, gender, labor, economic systems, political mobilization, community, civil rights, activism, cultural expression. Same as Asian American Studies 167 and History 152B.
118 Topics in African American Humanities (4). Provides students with an opportunity to pursue advanced work in African American studies from one or more humanities approaches (literature, film and media studies, art history, and others). May be taken twice for credit as topics vary.
123 African American Queer Theory (4). Explores intersections of African American studies, women's studies, gay and lesbian studies, and queer theory to challenge dominant views of race, gender, and sexuality. Considers historical and social scientific approaches to topic as well as arts and humanities.
124 Race and Gender (4). Examines the social construction of the categories of race and gender in the international and national contexts of African American communities. Texts address the intersection of economic, social, and scientific theories of difference that formed each category in various historical contexts. May be taken twice for credit as topics vary.
125 African American Women in Art (4). Examines depictions of and by African American women in art and popular culture through a variety of media including textiles, painting, sculpture, photography, and installation. Focuses on African American women's experiences, perspectives, and strategies for contemporary representation. Same as Art History 164D.
128 Topics in Gender/Sexuality (4). Expressions of genders and sexualities across the spectrum of African American experience and creativity. May be taken twice for credit as topics vary.
132A New World Slave Societies (4). Examines the origins, development, operation, and end of slave societies in the Americas, including the pattern and forms of slave resistance. Focuses primarily upon the U.S., the Caribbean (Hispanic and non-Hispanic), and Brazil. Same as History 150C.
134A Caribbean History: Colonization to Emancipation (4). Exploration of the history of the archipelago from pre-Columbian times to the end of slavery; examining the impact of European colonization, decimation of the indigenous populations, African slavery, resistance, and emancipation; the unity and diversity of experience in region. Same as History 164A.
134B Caribbean History: Emancipation to Independence (4). Post-emancipation and anti-colonial struggles ending with political independence for most of the region. Examines social, political, economic, cultural dimensions of post-emancipation period, including large-scale migration to Central America, the U.S., and Britain; the region's global cultural and political contribution. Same as History 164B.
137 History of the African Diaspora (4). Examines the causes and consequences of the multiple diasporas of African peoples since the sixteenth century in the Atlantic world, especially the Americas and Europe. Same as History 134E.
138 Topics in African American History (4). May be taken twice for credit as topics vary. Same as History 150.
141 Topics in African American Dance (4). Offers experience in the rehearsal and performance of African diasporic dance and movement. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
142 Topics in African American Drama (4). Considers African American theatrical performance and production, including acting, design and production, dramaturgy, criticism and theory, and stagecraft. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
143 Topics in African American Music (4). Examines African American musical forms and traditions, such as blues, jazz, and reggae, in performance and/or critical and theoretical contexts. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
144 Topics in Expressive Forms (4). Examines various forms of aesthetic expression in the African diaspora, including dance, music, and the plastic arts, as well as artistic visions of black cyberspace, digital activism, film, video, and aesthetic conceptions of the future. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
145 African Americans and Photography (4). Explores depictions of and by African Americans through photography. Examines the history of photography in relationship to African American culture through a variety of media from early daguerreotype processes to digital imagery. Same as Art History 164E.
148 Advanced Studio Topics (4). Provides an intensive and specialized working environment for practice of a variety of fine arts as practiced in African American traditions; painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video, music, digital arts, and performance. May be taken twice for credit as topics vary.
151 Comparative Minority Politics (4). Examines the political experiences of Blacks, Latinos, and Asian Americans in the United States from roughly 1950 to the present. Focuses on how each group has pursued political empowerment via both conventional political channels and social movements. Same as Asian American Studies 132, Chicano/Latino Studies 147, and Political Science 124C.
152 African American Politics (4). Examines the politics of African Americans in order to gain a broader perspective of the American political process. Major developments in African American politics (including the civil rights movement, Black presidential bids), continuing problem of racism, responsiveness of key governing institutions. Same as Political Science 124E.
153 African American Psychology (4). Historical overview of the development of black psychology and the African American frame of reference. Topics include personality development, psychological assessment, issues in education, black mental health, and the role of the African American psychologist in the community. Same as Psychology 174E.
154 African American Social Formations (4). Topics which promote critical investigation into the historical, political, and social formations associated with the Black Diaspora. May be taken twice for credit as topics vary.
155 Intercultural Studies (4). Studies relationships between various cultural formations within the Black Diaspora, and the exchange, amalgamations, and tensions between Black Diasporic formations and non-Black formations. Examines expressions of racialization as representation, adaptation, and resistance. May be taken twice for credit as topics vary.
156 African Societies and Politics (4). Examines the violent incorporation of Africa within European modernity. Places the discourses of Pan-Africanism, African Nationalisms, Negritude, African Marxism, and/or African Socialism in juxtaposition to the forces of capitalism, colonialism, and imperialism that restructure African history. May be taken twice for credit as topics vary.
157 Critical Race Theory (4). Introduction to Critical Race Theory and key American cases on racial inequality. Using this literature, examines the possibilities and pitfalls of legal claims of race, gender, and sexuality discrimination in the age of colorblindness. Open to upper-division students only. Same as Criminology, Law and Society C178.
158 Topics in African American Social Sciences (4). Provides students with an opportunity to pursue advanced work in African American studies from one or more social science approaches (psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, and others). May be taken twice for credit as topics vary.
162 The Black Protest Tradition (4). History and discourses of the black protest tradition. Traces the emergence of black protest against racial slavery and white supremacy from the early colonial period to the present and the complex elaboration of identity politics within black communities in the twentieth century. Prerequisites: satisfactory completion of the lower-division writing requirement; upper-division standing.
163 Seminar in African American Studies (4). Explores theoretical and methodologies issues in Black Studies via concentrated work on a specific ensemble of questions. Emphasis is on generating student responses to the material covered through oral and written reports. May be taken twice for credit as topics vary.
198 Directed Group Study (1 to 4). Special topics through directed reading. Paper required. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May taken for credit for a total of 24 units.
199 Independent Study (1 to 4). Investigation of special topics through directed reading. Paper required. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
399 University Teaching (4) F, W, S. Limited to teaching assistants. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated for credit.