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African American Studies 100

Introduction to African American Studies (HU) (ES)

11:30-12:30pm MWF   
New Academic Building (NAB) 3245   
Michelle Kuhl

 

An interdisciplinary survey introduction to some of the major individuals, texts and issues that suggest the complex history and culture that have evolved over time among African Americans in the United States.

 

African American Studies 366

Service-Learning Field Study

In this course, students will apply their African American Studies education to service activities in the community, under the supervision of an individual at the site and a member of the faculty or academic staff. Students will volunteer for a certain number of hours per week depending upon the number of credits they will receive. Students will also write reflective papers that connect their service experiences with relevant readings. Service activities must be relevant to African American Studies. Prerequisites: Instructor permission and 6 hours of African American Studies course credit. (Note: The general prerequisites for Independent Study/Related Readings are waived for this course).

 

African American Studies 395

Special Topics A: Optional Content

5:30-8:30pm Th
Arts and Communication N211
Courtney Bauder

Special Topics A courses focus in part on African American Studies, with significant portion of students' coursework devoted to African American Studies. The course may be repeated once with different content. Sometimes specific courses are cross-listed with other departments/programs.


African American Studies 396

Special Topics B:  Optional Content


Special Topics B courses focus in part on African American Studies, with significant portion of students' coursework devoted to African American Studies. The course may be repeated once with different content.

 

African American Studies 397

Special Topics C:  Optional Content


Special Topics B courses focus in part on African American Studies, with significant portion of students' coursework devoted to African American Studies. The course may be repeated once with different content.

 

African American Studies 446

Independent Study

The purpose of Independent Study is to allow a student to explore in-depth topics of scholarly interest, which are not attainable through University course work.
Related readings permits the student to pursue research usually well beyond that required in established courses. Before beginning the course, the student must present a bibliography of readings that he/she and the instructor have agreed upon and which are to be reviewed and discussed. The outcome is a research paper critiqued by the instructor.
Independent Study offerings are not to be used as a substitution for General Education requirements.
Before registering for an IS/RR course, students must obtain the proper contract form from the department secretary, complete it, and secure all necessary signatures. Students may count no more than 12 units (crs.) in IS/RR combined toward the 120 required for graduation. General prerequisites: Junior standing (60 units (crs.)) or above, preparation in the academic area, and grade point average of 3.0 or above.


Communication 316/Women's Studies 316

 Gender and Discourse (SS)

3:00-6:00pm W
North Halsey 237
Carmen Heider

 

This course explores gender issues through the framework of public discourse and power dynamics. This course analyzes the vocabularies through which we publicly understand contemporary issues, examines the interests served by such language discourses, and invites discussion regarding alternative language choices. Prerequisite: Communication 118 and Communication 236, or Women's Studies 201, or consent of instructor.

 

Communication 318 

Intercultural Communication (ES)

An examination of cultural influences on human interaction in a variety of contexts. Theoretical and practical aspects of intercultural communication are explored. Prerequisite: Communication 118 and 236 or consent of instructor.

Communication 347

Race, Class, Gender In the Mass Media(ES) (HU)

4:00-5:30pm MW
Arts and Communication S118
Caryn Murphy

 

An introduction to the issues of race, class and gender, including sexual orientation, and their function within motion pictures and the electronic media. The investigation into media representations will reveal the historical, social, and political contexts that shaped and continue to construct these images. Prerequisite: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and Communication 201 for RTF majors and minors: OR 2.5 Cumulative GPA and Women Studies 201 for Women's Studies majors and minors; OR Communication 118 and 236 for Speech Communication majors and minors OR instructor consent.

 

Communication 436

Seminar in Speech Communication

Special studies in speech communication theory and public address. The topic to be determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: Communication 118 and 236 or consent of instructor. 

 

Criminal Justice 375

Special Topics in Criminal Justice (SS): Violence in America: An Examination of the Institutional Foundations

A course on a topic not normally covered in the curriculum. Each time it is offered, the topic will be announced in the timetable. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 103 and at least one of the following: Criminal Justice 218, 244 or 288.

English 218   

Introduction to Multiethnic Literature (HU) (ES)

11:30-12:30 MWF           
Clow 241         
Mijeong Park

A comparative introduction to multiethnic literature.  Course content will highlight the similarities and differences between and among themes, cultures, histories, or periods of development in a variety of ethnic literary traditions.  The ethnic literature introduced may include or stem from Asian, Pacific Islander, Latina/o, African, European, Jewish, and/or indigenous literary traditions. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188) or English 101 or English 110. Writing assignments will be required.

 

English 219

African American Literature (HU) (ES)

9:40-11:10 T/Th  
Clow 17 
Donald Dingledine

1:20-2:50 T/Th  
Clow 17
Donald Dingledine

9:40-11:10 T/Th
Clow 105
Norlisha Crawford

 

A survey of the various forms of literature through which African Americans have contributed to the diversity of American life and literature. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188) or English 101 or English 110. Writing assignments will be required.

 

English 229

Honors: African American Literature (HU) (ES)  

A study of the range of literature African Americans have produced from the antebellum era forward, with an emphasis on historical and cultural context.  Similar in content to English 219, with a greater emphasis on class participation and individualized projects.  Prerequisites: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188) or equivalent an enrolled in good standing with the UW Oshkosh Honors program with prior or concurrent enrollment in HNRS 175. Writing assignments will be required.

 

English 319

African American Literature II- Optional Content (ES)

This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Studies may include African American literature of the 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries, oral tradition poetry, and surrounding cultural materials. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.

 

English 331

Contemporary Literature: Optional Content (ES)

This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Studies in poetry and fiction from the past 25 years. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.

 

English 358

Post Colonial Literature (OC)

This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. This course presents a selection of prose, poetry, and drama that constructs the literary tradition of newly independent countries in the 20th century such as Africa, India, and Jamaica. Among topics to be covered are nationalism, identity, gender, and oral traditions. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.

English 371

African American Women Writers: Evolution of a Literary Tradition (ES)

1:20-2:50pm T/Th
Clow 107
Norlisha Crawford

 

This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. An examination of work by African American women writers such as Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Alice Walker, Paule Marshall and others. Cross-listed: English 371/Women's Studies 371. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor.

 

 

English 394

Multiethnic Literatures: Optional Content

This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Course content will highlight the similarities and differences between and among different themes, cultures, histories, or periods of development in a variety of ethnic literacy traditions. The ethnic literatures introduced may include or stem from Asian, Pacific Islander, Latina/o, African, European, Jewish, and/or indigenous literary traditions. Prerequisites: English 281 or consent of instructor. 

 

 English 396

Literature and History: American Reconstruction

An exploration of the relationship between history and literature. This course may investigate a period or year or series of historical moments in order to emphasize the dynamic relationships among historical events, attitudes, and literary representations, challenging artificial distinctions between literature and history and emphasizing how the categories of "history" and "literature" are cultural constructs. This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. Prerequisites: English 281 or consent of instructor. (If you are interested and are an AAS minor but have not taken English 281, Prof.  Dingledine will be happy to waive this prerequisite.)

 

 Geography 353

Subsaharan Africa (NW) (SS)

An analysis of the distribution and interrelation of the physical and cultural characteristics of sub-Saharan Africa. Includes the study of the development, present conditions, and problems of particular regions and countries. Prerequisite: Geography 102.

 

Georgraphy 354

Middle East and North Africa (SS)

10:20-11:20am MWF
NAB 4215
Angela Gray

 

A topical analysis of the Middle East and North Africa with emphasis on the physical environment and natural resources, cultural patterns, and spatial aspects of geopolitical relations. Prerequisite: Geography 102.

 

 History 360

South Africa: 1652-Present (NW)

A survey of southern Africa from the onset of European settlement to the present. Topics include the diversity of African societies and cultures, the impact of European settlement, the dynamics of the relationships between Dutch and British settlers, the growth of South Africa's modern economy, the development of policies of racial segregation and the institution of the Apartheid State, the history of African resistance, and the transformation of South Africa into a multi-racial democracy. Prerequisite: History 101 or 102.

History 385

African American History (ES) (SS)   

The Black experience from African origin to the present; the slave experience; African-American culture; the civil rights movement. Prerequisite:  History 201 or History 202.

 

History 386

 Women in the United States (SS)

1:20-2:50pm T/Th
NAB 1239
Susan Rensing

 

The status, work, role, and leadership activities of white, Native American and African American women in United States history. Exceptional women, and the feminist, suffrage, and liberation movements examined within the perspective of the life and attitudes of the mass of women in the United States. Cross-listed: History 386/Women's Studies 386. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: History 201 or 202.

 

Interdisciplinary Studies 350

Special Topics

Variable content course dealing with issues in disciplines that cut across divisions of the College of Letters and Sciences (Fine and Performing Arts, Humanities, Math and Science, Social Science).

Music 215

African American Popular Music

This course will study African-American popular music as it develops into the music commonly known as rock and roll. The study begins with the remnants of African musical traits that survived slavery and traces them through blues, ragtime, jazz to jump blues and rhythm and blues. From that point in the late 1940s, the course will catalog the development of the various sub-styles: doo-wop, rockabilly, rhythm and blues crossover, girls' groups, motown, Memphis, surf, British invasion, funk, jazz-rock, art-rock, disco, metal, new wave, and punk. The discussion will focus on the musical traits of each, the relationship to African-American popular music, and the societal effects on the music as well as the music's effect on society.

 

Music 216

The Evolution of Jazz

9:10-10:10 MWF  
Arts and Communication S149  
Marty Robinson

 

This course will study jazz music by tracing its lineage from its roots in slavery, work songs, and civil-war-era spirituals to its evolution into what many regard as America's greatest art form. All eras of jazz will be discussed, including blues, Dixieland jazz, big band swing, bebop, hard bop, free jazz, fusion, smooth jazz, and modern jazz. Students will be carefully studying recordings throughout the semester and will develop an ability to place the various styles of the jazz music into their important historical and cultural contexts, noting the societal effects on the music as well as the music's effect on the American society. The course is open to all university students.

Music 219

 Music and Culture: Optional Content (HU)

11:30am-12:30pm MWF
Arts and Communication N223
Staff

8:00-9:30am T/Th
Arts Communication S149
Staff

1:50-2:50pm MWF
Arts and Communication N211
Staff

 

8:30-11:30am MTWRF (Interim)
Arts and Communication N211
Staff

 

A study of the music of various historical and/or contemporary cultures. Topics may include music of western and/or non-western cultures, specific composers, genres, cultural topics, or historical eras in western music. This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with signature of department chair. Open to all University students.

 

Political Science 304

Race and Ethnicity in United States Politics (ES) (SS)

How issues of race and ethnicity have been defined and by whom, and their impact on communities of color; the strategies used by minority groups to become equal participants in the political system; how economic and social conditions might affect political opportunities for minority groups. This course will examine these topics in a historical perspective, with an eye to the interplay between national, state, and local political outcomes.

Political Science 318

Trials of Century (SS)

What makes a trial historic? Why the continuing fascination with certain cases? The course examines a range of notable trials conducted during the past two centuries. Did justice triumph? What lessons can be learned by reviewing these cases? Prerequisite: Political Science 105 or consent of instructor.

Religious Studies 285

Afro-American Religious Experience

An examination of ideas, forms, and expressions of religious experience in the life of the Afro-Americans against the background of their own ethno-cultural heritage (Africa) and in relation to the larger and more diverse American religious heritage. Includes analyses of the thought of preeminent Afro-American religious leaders. Christian and non-Christian, the role of the Black church as a fomenting and transformative force for cultural change, and the possible future of 'Black Religion' in the new millennium.

 

Sociology 359

Minority Groups (ES) (SS)

9:40-11:10 T/Th  
NAB 4212  
Jerry Stark

3:00-4:30 T/Th  
NAB 3215  
Juyeon Son

 

Racial and cultural minority groups in the United States, prejudice, types of discrimination and social processes in intergroup relations.  Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor.
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 Student Ching Ly designed the official African American Studies program logo. Ly's prize-winning logo was unveiled at the Second Annual African American Studies Spring Lecture on April 19, 2007.