General Information

The African American Studies Department offers courses in a number of areas. These courses enable students to learn and comprehend the history, culture, and traditions of African and/or African descended people. We are committed to providing students with courses that will enhance their academic skills and contribute to their successful matriculation. The African American Studies Department is rooted in the historical, cultural, and intellectual traditions of the African/African American experience, in time and space, is a legitimate subject of intellectual inquiry and academic endeavor.

Program

Majors

Credit Certificate

Courses

African-American Studies

AFAM 30, African American Consciousness
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

AFAM 30 is an Ethnic Studies course that focuses on W. E. B. Dubois' term "The Souls of Black Folk." Using frameworks of race and ethnicity, students will gain a critical understanding of the complex expressions of what African American people think, feel, and imagine in their conscious existence, historically and geographically.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AFAM 40, The Black Experience in California
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Review and comparative analysis of African heritage people and African Americans in California. The emphasis is on the African/African American heritage in the establishment, development, and evolution of California from the 1500s through the Gold Rush Era to the present, using Ethnic Studies methodologies.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AFAM 42, The Origins and History of Race Theory and Modern Racism
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Utilizes ethnic studies methodologies and critical race theory to explore the history of race theory and racism in the United States from early antecedents in antiquity through the emergence of modern race theory and racism in the 18th and 19th centuries to the present. Also includes the ways that race theory has shaped intellectual discourse and popular consciousness.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AFAM 55, From Funk to Hip Hop
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Explores African American culture as reflected through theories of race and ethnicity and the aesthetics and politics of Black popular music from the Black Awakening of the 1960s to Hip-hop. Provides an understanding of how Black music forms have impacted and represented African American social consciousness, struggles, resistance, and racial justice.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
AFAM 60, African American Women in the U.S.
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Examines and analyzes African American women in the U.S. with particular emphasis on the struggle for rights as people of African descent. Frameworks of race and ethnicity are used to gain a critical understanding of the contributions, strategies for success, and political activism of African American women from 1619 to the present.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable