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Africana studies courses provide understanding and appreciation of the universal African diaspora today and historically from an Afrocentric world view. They also give students the opportunity to evaluate the influence of African culture on the entire human civilization.
204 Monroe Hall
Cheney, WA 99004
Minor in Africana Studies
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- AAST 214 - Introduction to African American Culture Satisfies cultural and gender diversity university graduation requirement. An interdisciplinary survey of African American culture beginning with ancient African history and traditions through contemporary issues in the African American experience. Attention given to basic principles of history, sociology, political science, economics and the arts in the study of the dynamics of the African American culture.
- AAST 215 - Early African American History Satisfies cultural and gender diversity university graduation requirement. Examines the African American experience from African civilizations in the 4th century AD through slavery, to the end of the Reconstruction era in the United States.
- AAST 216 - 20th Century African American History Satisfies cultural and gender diversity university graduation requirement. The study of the history of African Americans from the end of the Reconstruction period to the present.
- AAST 315 - African History Satisfies international studies university graduation requirement. A survey of African history from prehistory to the present. Emphasizes earlier African civilizations, extensive contact with the outside world and the formation of African nations.
- AAST 320 - African American Family The African American Family as a social system influenced by institutions of the larger American society.
- AAST 321 - African American Political Awareness Issues of African American political power and awareness as they relate to several studies of macro and micro institutional racism with alternatives for racial change.
- AAST 375 - African American Cinema African American cinema explores the history of African Americans in films, focusing particularly on Hollywood’s representations of Blacks in feature- length films. The course examines such issues as the representations of race, gender and sexuality through observing and discussing feature films in class. Emphasis is placed on critical viewing, thinking, analyzing and writing about films. The course not only investigates Hollywood’s representations of African Americans but also examines the struggle and emergence of independent, African American–produced films, which offer a separate and unique voice that not only challenges Hollywood’s representations but also expresses themes involving cultural identity.