HUMA 2319 – American Minority Studies MWF 10:10 AM – 11:05 AM E-60
How often do we attach a word with an image to describe a culture? During the spring of 2012, America watches as an article of clothing becomes strongly associated with character and with race: the hoodie. Images of young African-American males donning hoodies trend at a high level through the visual media. Over the course of America’s struggle with the complexities of immigration law, the term ‘immigrant’ is often used to refer to a specific ethnic group rather than a description of non-citizens seeking residence within the United States.
Humanities 2319 is a course designed to examine the historical, economic, social and cultural development of minority groups. This course section focuses on the representation of select American minorities in the media (photography, television, film): African-Americans, Native-Americans, Mexican-Americans and Latin-Americans. American Minority Studies, as part of the study of the Humanities, is an interdisciplinary course in the formal and contextual examination of cultures through the relationships between the images we societally produce and our perceptions of self.
HUMA 1315 – Fine Arts Appreciation TR 9:30 AM – 10:50 AM E-60
Humanities 1315 is a course designed as an introduction to the Arts: such as (but not limited to) Music, Visual, Architecture, Theatre, Dance, and Cinema. This course focuses on the study and appreciation of the fine and performing arts and the ways in which they reflect the values of civilizations. In this section, the contributions of Africa-descended Americans receive focus.
Fine Arts Appreciation, as part of the study of the Humanities, is an interdisciplinary course in the development, understanding, analysis, and redefinition of our aesthetic perceptual skills through the formal and contextual examination of the relationships of the visual and musical arts with the broadfield performing arts, environmental arts, and literature.
SOCI 1306 – Contemporary Social Issues
This course will use several sociological and theoretical perspectives to explain, and better understand, current and controversial issues in our society, as they relate to, and impact, African American individuals, families, and communities.
ARTS 1301 - Art Appreciation MWF 11:15 AM - 12:10 PM W75
The contemporary Black artist has emerged in American society with great energy and fervor. Some of the most noted artists of the twenty-first century are African American. In this course we seek to explore the significance of African American artists and their art. We investigate today’s Black artist contextually, thematically, and culturally within the landscape of contemporary American society. Some of the noteworthy artists discussed in this course are Trenton Doyle Hancock, Michael Ray Charles, Kara Walker, Laylah Ali, and many more.
MUEN 1135 - World Drumming MW 4:00 PM – 5:20 PM E-38
Music is to the African-American experience as water is to the human condition. Like the river it is a source of sustenance and strength. And, like the river it is the keeper of secrets old and new. The musical pulse is the beat – the single unit of its expanding rhythm. Through world drumming, we discover the colors and textures only percussion instruments can provide, aural representations of the peoples of Africa, Cuba, and other regions in Latin America.
DRAM 1310 – Introduction to Theatre MWF 11:15 AM – 12:10 PM W-37
Taught by Professor Calvin Royall, also known in the professional entertainment community as Akin Babatunde, section 6002 will explore the art form of theatre through the lens of the African American and Black experience.
**HUMA 1302 – Introduction to Humanities II: Popular Culture
This section of Humanities 1302 examines popular culture, originating with prominent theories within the cultural studies field. Special topics that rotate include: the cultures within social media and virtual worlds, and reality television programming as popular culture.
Humanities 1302 is an interdisciplinary course offering a multi-perspective assessment of cultural, political, philosophical, and aesthetic factors critical to the formulation of values and the historical development of the individual and of society.
DANC 1305 World African Dance T/R 6:00-7:20 p.m.
Instruction in traditional African dance from various regions of Africa. Emphasis in the areas of footwork, rhythms, floor patterns, phrasing and movement styling will be included. The course will address cultural and historical origins, significance, and traditional use of costumes.