Africana Studies

AAS 003: Introduction to Africana Studies
4 credits - 42341
An interdisciplinary examination of the roots, culture, and politics of the modern black world through study of classic works in Africana Studies with emphasis on the continuities among African peoples worldwide and the social forces that have shaped contemporary black life in Africa and the Americas.
Attribute/Distribution: SS, CBE Diversity
 
AAS (THTR) 066: Hip Hop Dance
2 credits - Two sections offered - CRNs 42593, 42594
Techniques, vocabulary, and history behind the various elements of the Hip Hop Movement. Focus upon the cultural influence of Hip Hop dance styles, and the overall social influence of the Hip Hop Movement.
Attribute/Distribution: HU, CBE Diversity 
 
AAS (HIST) 097: Black Radical Thought
4 credits - 45200
It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his two-ness, —an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.” Dr. William Edward Burghardt DuBois 1903 The Souls of Black Folk In 1903 Dr. William E.B. Dubois named the experiences of the decedents of kidnapped Africans living in America, “double-consciousness”. At the age of 35, the sociologist, historian, Pan Africanist and author used but two words to explain the struggle of over four million US citizens. Dubois’ term implied questions for women and men of color. These questions, How to remedy this “two-ness”; How to escape the burdens it laden on women and men; How to reconcile and ultimately feel safe; and How, ultimately to find home helped shape the social, spiritual, political and recreational lives of women and men of color in the United States and the globe. Throughout this course, we will explore how African descended people attempted to reconcile their displacement and longing for a home through their own words, music, films, and material culture.
Attribute/Distribution: HU