African-American Studies

School of Arts, Communication, and Social Sciences

Dean: William Kinney, M.A. (acting)

Department Chair: Victor Chavez, M.A.

School/Department Location: www.swccd.edu/cvlocation

Office: 702B, (619) 482-6372

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/C4E3PnKsdU92

General Description

African-American Studies examines the truth and fiction regarding the African experience in the United States. This department explores the history, anthropology, sociology, psychology, economic, and political aspects of African Americans in the U.S. In addition, African-American Studies focus on the literary, musical, and artistic heritage of people of African descent leading to a heightening of self-awareness and cultural understanding for African-American students. This strengthens connections between students and the African community that can hasten social change and enhance human dignity.

Career Options

Below is a sample of the career options available for the African-American studies major. A few of these require an associate degree, most require a bachelor’s degree, and some require a graduate-level degree: lawyer, high school or college teacher, researcher, government or foreign service officer, business administrator, library technician, historian, writer, publisher, anthropologist, political scientist, politician, economist, philosopher, cultural arts director, social service agency worker, business manager, consultant, counselor, and urbanologist.

Degree/Certificate Options Major Code
Associate in Arts Degree: Transfer Preparation
African-American Studies 01700

Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), which lists the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.

Faculty

Stanley James, M.A.
sjames@swccd.edu

AFRO 110

AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY I

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 56 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Emphasizes the study of the African-American experience from African origins to the conclusion of the Civil War. Focuses on the Atlantic slave trade and slavery in the United States. Includes a study of the Constitution of the United States and the responsibilities of American citizenship. (Partially fulfills American Institutions requirement at CSU.) [D; CSU; UC] (Formerly: BS 110; Same as: HIST 110)

AFRO 111

AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY II

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 56 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Explores the history of African Americans from the Civil War to the present, emphasizing their cultural, social, and political impact on American history. Includes a study of the United States Constitution, the State Constitution of California, and discrepancies between rights and the experiences of African Americans. (Partially fulfills American Institutions requirement at CSU.) [D; CSU; UC] (Formerly: BS 111; Same as: HIST 111)

AFRO 151

INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURE

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 56 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the origins and development of African-American culture in the United States between 1619 and the present. Emphasizes on the critical analysis of the historical and sociological aspects of the African-American experience in the arenas of family, education, religion, and the arts. [D; CSU; UC] (Same as: SOC 151)

AFRO 299

INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Individual study or research in some area of African-American studies of particular interest to the student and not included in regular courses of the college. [D; CSU; **UC] (**UC Limitation: credit for variable topics courses is given only after a review of the scope and content of the courses by the enrolling UC campus.)