HIST190 Afro-American History

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: History

I. Course Number and Title
HIST190 Afro-American History
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is a study of the history of African-Americans from their origins in Africa to the present. Students examine the social, political, legal, and economic history of the African-American community. Major topics include the impact of slavery, military service, and the Civil Rights Movement and Black Power Movement.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. recount the history of Black Americans from the historic African background to the present day;
    2. demonstrate an understanding of the institution of slavery, particularly its social, legal, and political mechanics, and its impact on the Black American community;
    3. evaluate the social, cultural, political, economic, legal, and physical conditions of Black Americans throughout American history;
    4. analyze the experiences and conditions of Black Americans at war throughout American history; and
    5. evaluate the history of the Civil Rights Movement and Black Power Movement.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. African Background
    2. Slavery in Africa and the Mid-passage
    3. Slavery in America
    4. The American Revolution and the Early Republic
    5. The West and the Peculiar Institution
    6. "Free blacks?"
    7. Sectional Strife and the Civil War
    8. Reconstruction, Reaction, Self-help, and American Imperialism
    9. World War I and the Depression
    10. Harlem Renaissance and the New Deal
    11. Two Worlds -- Black and White
    12. World War II and the UN
    13. Civil Rights and Black Power
    14. African-Americans in the High-tech Age
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Student assessment consists of in-class exams, electronically-administered exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date -4/99' Revised 5/2012; New Core 8/2015