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AAS 1140 INTRO TO AFR & AFRAM HISTORY 3.0
Introduction to African and African American History and Culture. (Same as Hist 1140.) African history and culture, the coming of Africans to the Americas, and the development of African American culture.

AAS 2010 INTRO TO AFRICANAMER STUDIES 3.0
Introduction to African American Studies. Intellectual and social origins of African American Studies. Key concepts, themes, and theories of the discipline.

AAS 3000 AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY 3.0
African American Family. (Same as Soci 3162.) Contemporary theories and research of the African American family.

AAS 3050 INTRO TO AFRICANAMER PSY 3.0
Introduction to African American Psychology. Prerequisites: AAS 2010, AAS 1140, Hist 1140, or Psyc 1010. (Same as Psyc 3520.) Examination of theory and research pertaining to African American psychology. Special emphasis on the Afrocentric perspective.

AAS 3070 AFRAMERICANS IN CRIM JUS SYST 3.0
African Americans in the Criminal Justice System. An examination of the relationship between the African American community and the criminal justice system.

AAS 3080 ISSUES IN AFRICANAMER PHIL 3.0
Issues in African American Philosophy. Prerequisite: AAS 2010, AAS 1140, or Hist 1140. (Same as Phil 3080.) Examination of historical and contemporary figures and issues in African American philosophy. Historical figures such as Douglass, DuBois, Delaney, and Garvey as well as historical topics such as emigration and assimilation. Contemporary figures may include M. L. King, Cornel West, and Angela Davis. Contemporary issues such as civil rights/ civil disobedience, Black feminist thought, integration, and Black self respect.

AAS 3120 AFRICAN DIASPORA 3.0
African Diaspora. (Same as Anth 3120.) Prerequisite: AAS 2010, AAS 1140, Hist 1140, or Anth 2020. Investigates the dispersal, growth, and influence of people of African descent throughout the world. A comparative analysis of historical, political, cultural, economic, and social development of the African diaspora.

AAS 3240 PEOPLES & CULTURES OF AFRICA 3.0
Peoples and Cultures of Africa. (Same as Anth 3240.) Origins, adaptations, and contemporary social, economic, political, and belief systems of the indigenous and mixed populations of Africa.

AAS 3450 HIST OF AFRAMER IN GEORGIA 3.0
History of African Americans in Georgia. Examination of the political, economic, and social development of African Americans in Georgia.

AAS 3480 AFRICAN AMERICAN RHETORIC 3.0
African American Rhetoric. (Same as Spch 4520.) Survey of African American contributions to public communication. Emphasis on Afrocentric and traditional approaches to rhetorical theory and criticism.

AAS 3500 JAZZ HISTORY 3.0
Jazz History. (Same as Mus 3500.) Study of the development of jazz from its origins to current trends including stylistic periods such as New Orleans, swing, bop, cool, avant garde, and fusions. Emphasis on evolution of form, improvisational style, and influential artists.

AAS 3810 HISTORY OF AFRICANAMER MUSIC 3.0
History of African American Music. (Same as MuA 3810.) History and styles of African American music.

AAS 3880 AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE 3.0
African American Literature. (Same as Engl 3950.) History and development of African American literature, with emphasis on major writers.

AAS 3955 LANGUAGE IN AFRAM COMMUNITY 3.0
Language in the African American Community. (Same as Engl 3955.) A sociolinguistic study of the characteristics that define and connote the varieties of African American English: origins, currents of change, functions of language identity, styles, and modes of discourse.

AAS 3960 AFRICAN AMERICAN LIT BY WOMEN 3.0
African American Literature by Women. (Same as Engl 3960 and WSt 3960.) Survey of literature from the eighteenth century to the present. Includes such authors as Wilson, Wheatley, Larsen, Hurston, Dove, Hansberry, and Morrison.

AAS 3975 CONCEPTS/THEORIES IN AAS 3.0
Concepts and Theories in African American Studies. Prerequisite: AAS 2010. Three lecture hours per week. Examination of the major concepts and theoretical orientations used in African American Studies.

AAS 3980 RESEARCH METHS AFRAM STUDIES 3.0
Research Methods in African American Studies. Prerequisite: AAS 2010. Qualitative and quantitative research techniques employed to generate knowledge in the interdisciplinary field of African American Studies.

AAS 4000 ISSUES IN AFRICANAM COMMUNITY 3.0
Issues in the African American Community. (Same as Soci 4310.) Examination of the impact of major societal issues on the African American community.

AAS 4030 AFRAM MALE/FEMALE RELATIONS 3.0
African American Male/Female Relationships. (Same as Soci 4311.) Explores historical, social, psychological, and economic factors affecting African American relationships. Issues include negative images and stereotypes, color, beauty and pornography, sexgender and role identity, consumerism and narcissism, and employment.

AAS 4080 AFRICANAMER FEMALE ACTIVSM 3.0
African American Female Activism. (Same as WSt 4110.) Overview of African American women’s resistance to racial oppression and gender inequality.

AAS 4100 AFRICANAM WOMEN IN THE U.S. 3.0
African American Women in the United States. (Same as Soci 4312 and WSt 4312.) Contemporary social issues of black women. Emphasis on the historical roots of current issues and the interrelationships of gender, race, and class.

AAS 4120 AFRICANAMER POLITICAL THOUGHT 3.0
African American Political Thought. (Same as PolS 4560.) Examination and critical analysis of African American political and social issues.

AAS 4125 BLACK FEMINIST THOUGHT 3.0
Black Feminist Thought. Prerequisite: AAS 2010. (Same as WSt 4750.) Explores the tradition of Black feminism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Students will critically read, discuss, and respond in writing to a series of texts representing Black feminist thought and its relationship to other feminisms. Students will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge of the Black feminist tradition and their ability to query, compare, and extend Black feminist theories.

AAS 4160 AFRICAN AMERICAN POLITICS 3.0
African American Politics. Prerequisite: AAS 2010, AAS 1140, or Hist 1140. (Same as PolS 4165.) Analysis of the ideology, public opinions, and political behaviors of African Americans.African American impact on the electoral system.

AAS 4180 POLITICS OF CIVIL RIGHTS MVMNT 3.0
Politics of the Civil Rights Movement. (Same as PolS 4157.) Examinations of the underpinnings, leadership, political strategies, and outcomes of the modern civil rights movement.

AAS 4200 PANAFRICANISM 3.0
PanAfricanism. Survey of PanAfrican thought from the 1900 PanAfrican Congress to the present. Major PanAfrican advocates, ideas, and movements.

AAS 4230 RELIGIONS OF THE AFRICAN WORLD 3.0
Religions of the African World. (Same as RelS 4230.) An overview of religion from Africa to the Diaspora. African cosmology and religions among various African peoples such as the Yoruba and the Dogon of Mali. African origins of Western religions such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Various religions among African peoples in the Diaspora such as Santeria, Voodooism, Rastafarianism, as well as Christianity, Black Judaism, and the Nation of Islam. Special attention to African survivals in religion in the Diaspora. The role of religion as a tool of liberation and community and economic development.

AAS 4250 AFRICAN AMERICAN RELIGION 3.0
African American Religion. (Same as RelS 4250.) A survey of the evelopment of African American religion from colonial times to present, including an examination of both the theoretical arguments of religious elites and the spiritual experience of laypersons.

AAS 4280 AFRICAN AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGY 3.0
African American Anthropology. (Same as Anth 4280.) Major writings in the field of African American studies; theories, categories, and methods used in studying complex societies are brought to bear upon the literature; use of ethnographies to provide a comparative perspective for understanding African American cultures.

AAS 4300 AFRICAN ART 3.0
African Art. (Same as AH 4000.) Survey of the sculpture, architecture, textiles, body ornament, and performance arts of Africa in terms of form, meaning, and function within society. Objects reintegrated into cultural contexts are examined in light of “tradition” and social and political change.

AAS 4310 ART OF ANCIENT EGYPT AND NUBIA 3.0
Art of Ancient Egypt and Nubia. (Same as AH 4010 and MES 4510.) Survey of the painting, sculpture, architecture, and minor arts in ancient Egypt and Nubia with reference to their chronological development and underlying historical, religious, and cultural meanings.

AAS 4320 AFRICAN AMERICAN ART 3.0
African American Art. (Same as AH 4620.) Aesthetic expressions of African American artists from colonial times to present. Social, cultural, and creative history of Black America. Diverse contributions made by artists of African descent to the development of American culture. Artists, art movements, the relationship of art to politics, and the formation of racial/cultural identity.

AAS 4400 GEOGRAPHY OF AFRICA 3.0
Geography of Africa. (Same as Geog 4402.) An overview of the physical, economic, and cultural geography of Africa, including North Africa. Emphasis on relationships between Africa’s resources, both human and physical, and the development process.

AAS 4530 VOICES OF AFRICANAM FEMINISTS 3.0
Voices of African American Feminists. (Same as Spch 4530.) Overview of the rhetorical history of African American female political and social activists.

AAS 4600 ENSLVMNT & RESIST IN NOR AMER 3.0
Enslavement and Resistance in North America. (Same as Hist 4280.) Examines the character of the system of chattel slavery and racial oppression in Colonial America and in the United States and insurgent responses to it by the captive and free population of African descent in North America.

AAS 4620 ENSLAVEMENT IN THE AMERICAS 3.0
Enslavement in the Americas. (Same as Hist 4290.) Comparative examination of systems of captivity and forced labor in the western hemisphere and the social development and popular responses of captive Africans to these systems. Emphasis on the continuities of African culture and the unique adaptation of culture and social organization in each country. The nature of resistance and the process of eliminating the system of captivity in several nationstates.

AAS 4640 AFRICAN AMERICAN PEOPLE 4.0
African American People. (Same as Hist 4270.) Major topics and themes in African American history, including slavery, development of American racism, urbanization, civil rights, and black contributions to American culture.

AAS 4650 AFRICAN AMERICAN THEATRE 3.0
African American Theatre. (Same as Thea 4090.) Examination of the history and contributions of African Americans to the American theatre.

AAS 4660 AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN 4.0
African American Women. (Same as Hist 4260 and WSt 4450.) Examination of the varied history of African American women. Centered in the tradition of race and gender protest; how women have generationally developed agendas and forums around social justice reform; exploration of themes, individuals, and collective action, revealing the impact of race, class, and gender on the lives of African American women.

AAS 4750 AFRICANAM ETH/LEGAL ISSUES 3.0
African American Ethical and Legal Issues. Prerequisite: at least one course in philosophy or consent of instructor. (Same as Phil 4850.) Application of ethical and legal theory to selected issues, such as affirmative action, the legality of slavery, civil disobedience, punishment, and reparations.

AAS 4760 EAST AFRICA & HORN OF AFRICA 4.0
Eastern Africa and the Horn of Africa. Prerequisite: AAS 2010, AAS 1140, or Hist 1140. (Same as Hist 4760.) Social, political, cultural, and economic history of the region from the origins of the human race to the present including ancient civilizations, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; international trade, European colonialism, and independence.

AAS 4765 CENTRAL & SOUTHERN AFRICA 4.0
Central and Southern Africa. (Same as Hist 4750.) Social, political, cultural, and economic history of the region from the earliest times to the present, including indigenous African civilizations, European colonialism, African nationalism, and independence.

AAS 4770 WESTERN AFRICA 4.0
Western Africa. (Same as Hist 4770.) Social, political, cultural, and economic history of Western Africa dealing with the early civilizations, the coming of Islam, European colonialism, and independence.

AAS 4772 WOMEN IN AFRICA 3.0
Women in Africa. (Same as Hist 4772 and WSt 4772.) An examination of African women’s roles in domestic production, their relationship to the state, and the effect of social change on women from the precolonial period to the contemporary era.

AAS 4774 AFRICAN REBELLIONS 3.0
African Rebellions. (Same as Hist 4774.) An examination of African resistance in the colonial and postcolonial contexts.

AAS 4776 AFRICA AND HOLLYWOOD 4.0
Africa and Hollywood: Myth, Romance, and Savage Imagery. This course explores the image of Africa projected into American mass culture through the vehicle of commercial films produced about Africa.

AAS 4780 AFRAM LESBIAN & GAY ACTIVISM 3.0
African American Lesbian and Gay Activism. Prerequisite: AAS 2010 . (Same as WSt 4780.) Examines the speeches, writings, and other public communication of African American lesbians and gay men who promote democratic ideals. Surveys historical and contemporary issues confronting this marginalized population. Emphasis on thematic and cultural critical approaches.

AAS 4890 CARIBBEAN LITERATURE 3.0
Caribbean Literature. Prerequisite: AAS 2010, AAS 1140, or Hist 1140. (Same as Engl 3970.) Survey of twentiethcentury literature of the English speaking or Commonwealth Caribbean.

AAS 4900 AFRICAN AMERICANS IN FILM 4.0
African Americans in Film. (Same as Film 4760.) Mainstream Hollywood representation of African Americans and the alternative film portrayals by African American producers.

AAS 4950 AFRICANAMER POPULAR CULTURE 3.0
African American Popular Culture. (Same as Jour 4590.) Intellectual debates over the definitions and diversities of everyday African American cultural production.

AAS 4970 TOPICS IN AFRICANAMER STUDIES 3.0
Topics in African American Studies. Prerequisite: AAS 2010, AAS 1140, or Hist 1140. Intensive treatment of selected topics in African American studies. May be repeated for 12 credit hours.

AAS 4980 SEM & PRACT IN AFRAM STUDIES 3.0
Seminar and Practicum in African American Studies. Prerequisite: six hours in African American Studies. Integration and application of discipline knowledge in a field setting with nonprofit community organization.