African American Studies
Norlisha Crawford, Director
Department Office: Sage Hall 3465
Department Telephone: (920) 424-0939
Code 23 or AF AM ST
Undergraduate: In combination with a major, the African-American Studies minor can lead to a baccalaureate degree.
Summary of Fields of Study
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh offers an undergraduate minor in African American Studies. Students who choose the minor will study issues, ideas and experiences related to the history, culture, socio-economic and political lives of African Americans. While the specific programmatic focus of the minor is the United States, students also may choose from courses that suggest obvious connections as well as important distinctions that exist between African America, African nations and other parts of the African Diaspora.The AAS minor complements any major study emphasis.
The program offers one minor(s): African American Studies.
The Major(s), with Emphasis and/or Options
African American Studies Minor
Recommended for humanities and social science majors.
Required Units (crs.): 21 minimum
African American Studies: African American Studies 100
History: History 385
English: English 219 or 229
3-6 units (crs.) from Group A: 100% focus on AAS content:
- African American Studies 395
- English 319, 371
- Religious Studies 285
- Sociology 311
3-6 units (crs.) from Group B: 50% focus on AAS content:
African American Studies 396
Music 215, 216
Political Science 304
Religious Studies 120
3 units (crs.) optional from Group C:
African American Studies 397, 400
Geography 353, 354
History 359, 360
Optional Courses for the AAS minor
(3-6 credits may be earned from this category)
In order to enhance the menu of subject areas from which AAS credits may be earned, AAS partners with professors and AAS minors to customize courses that are not cross-listed but have some AAS content. If a given course does not include the 50% minimum required for earning AAS credits, specific arrangements must be made to increase the AAS content. Prior to taking customized and service learning courses, the AAS minor must receive approval in writing from the AAS Director for earning AAS credits.
- African American Studies 366, 446
- Communication 318, 347
- English 218
African American Studies 100 3 (crs.)
Introduction to African American Studies (HU)(ES)(XC)
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 101 3 (crs.)
Exploring African American Studies (XC)(ES)(HU)
A survey of ideas, issues and traditions related over time to the experiences of people of black American ancestry in the United States.
African American Studies 311 3 (crs.)
Sociology of the Modern City (SS)
For the first time in history, more people in the world now live in urban areas than rural areas. This course explores urban places and urban people, in historical context and via current affairs, from our largest cities to the local level. It focuses in particular on these topics that impact urban places: suburbanization and sprawl; stratification, immigration, community, and organizations; population diversity, hop-hop culture, and racism; and, politics, globalization, planning and environmental issues. Cross-listed: Sociology 311/African American Studies 311. Students may only receive credit for one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Sociology 101 or 151, or 203 or consent of instructor. Special course fees may apply.
African American Studies 366 1-3 (crs.)
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 3 (crs.)
Special Topics A: Optional Content
Special Topics A courses focus solely on African American Studies. The course may be repeated once with different content.
African American Studies 396 3 (crs.)
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 3 (crs.)
Special Topics C: Optional Content
Special Topics C courses focus solely on African American Studies.
African American Studies 400 3 (crs.)
Hip Hop: Cultural/Historical
In this course students will read a select group of critical texts, including essays, articles, and interviews; view films; and listen to lyrics that form in part the evolving traditions of hip-hop culture. Students will explore issues related to history, politics, economics, gender construction, sexual identity, violence, geographical differences, and the arts for critical analysis. Prerequisites: AAS 100 and one 200 level literature course, earning a C or better grade.
African American Studies 446 1-3 (crs.)
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.