African American Studies Minor

Division of Arts and Humanities
Literature Building, Room 243

All courses, faculty listings, and curricular and degree requirements described herein are subject to change or deletion without notice. Updates may be found on the Academic Senate website: http://senate.ucsd.edu/catalog-copy/approved-updates/.

Affiliated Faculty

Boatema Boateng, Associate Professor, Communication

David Borgo, Professor, Music

Robert Cancel, Associate Professor, Literature

Thandeka Chapman, Associate Professor, Education Studies

Dennis Childs, Assistant Professor, Literature

Anthony Davis, Professor, Music

Zeinabu Davis, Professor, Communication

Kirstie Dorr, Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies

Fatima El-Tayeb, Associate Professor, Literature

Ivan Evans, Professor, Sociology

Camille F. Forbes, Associate Professor, Literature

Nadine George, Professor, Theatre and Dance

Dayo Gore, Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies

Sara Johnson, Associate Professor, Literature

Bennetta Jules-Rosette, Professor, Sociology

Sara Kaplan, Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies

Cecil Lytle, Professor Emeritus, Music

Gabriel Mendes, Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies

Megan Wesling, Associate Professor, Literature

Daniel Widener, Associate Professor, History

Winifred Woodhull, Associate Professor, Literature

The Minor

The African American studies minor (AASM) at UC San Diego is an interdisciplinary field of study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. AASM is a scholarly examination of African American life, history, and culture as it has taken shape within the United States and helped to transform the nation. In addition to taking a core course, students will complete twenty-eight total units of which at least twenty units (five courses) must be upper division. The required distribution of the five upper-division courses may be selected from among the following courses. Students may petition to receive credit for courses not listed below. 

CORE COURSES

(Choose ONE COURSE from the list below)

ETHN 3. Introduction to Ethnic Studies: Making Culture (4)  

HILD 7A. Race and Ethnicity in the United States (4)

LTEN 27. Introduction to Afro-American Literature (4)

ELECTIVE COURSES

(Choose SIX COURSES from the list below)

ANTHROPOLOGY

ANTH 21. Race and Racisms (4)

ANTH 23. Debating Multiculturalism (4)

ANSC 110. Societies and Cultures/Caribbean (4)

COMMUNICATION

COMM 110. Communication and the Community (4)

COMM 120M. Media Stereotypes (4)

COMM 137. Black Women Filmmakers (4)

COMM 138. Black Women, Feminism, and Media (4)

COMM 139. Black Popular Music (4)

ETHNIC STUDIES

ETHN 3. Introduction to Ethnic Studies: Making Culture (4)

ETHN 101. Ethnic Images in Film (4)

ETHN 102. Science and Technology: Race, Gender, and Class (4)

ETHN 103. Environmental Racism (4)

ETHN 105/USP 104. Ethnic Diversity and the City (4)

ETHN 107/USP 130. Fieldwork in Racial and Ethnic Communities (4)

ETHN 108/MUS 151. Race, Culture, and Social Change (4)

ETHN 109. Race and Social Movements (4)

ETHN 119. Race in the Americas (4)

ETHN 120. Race and Performance: The Politics of Popular Culture (4)

ETHN 128/MUS 152. Hip-Hop: Politics of Culture (4)

ETHN 140. Language and American Ethnicity (4)

ETHN 142. Medicine, Race, and Global Politics of Inequality (4)

ETHN 149/HIUS 139. African American History/Twentieth Century (4)

ETHN 151. Ethnic Politics in America (4)

ETHN 152. Law and Civil Rights (4)

ETHN 159/HIUS 183. Topics/African American History (4)

ETHN 161. Black Politics and Protest Since 1941 (4)

ETHN 164/MUS 153. African Americans and the Mass Media (4)

ETHN 165. Sex and Gender in African American Communities (4)

ETHN 168/LTEN 178. Comparative Ethnic Literature (4)

ETHN 172/LTEN 183. Afro-American Prose (4)

ETHN 174/LTEN 185. Themes in Afro-American Literature (4)

ETHN 175/LTEN 186. Literature of the Harlem Renaissance (4)

ETHN 176/LTEN 187/MUS 154. Black Music and Text: Communication and Cultural Expression (4)

ETHN 178/MUS 126. Blues: An Oral Tradition (4)

ETHN 179A/MUS 127A. Jazz Roots and Early Development (1900–43) (4)

ETHN 179B/MUS 127B. Jazz Since 1946: Freedom and Form (4)

ETHN 183/CGS 114. Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Class (4)

ETHN 184. Black Intellectuals in the Twentieth Century (4)

ETHN 185. Discourse, Power, and Inequality (4)

ETHN 188/USP 132. African Americans, Religion, and the City (4)

ETHN 190/USP 129. Research Methods: Studying Ethnic and Racial Communities (4)

HISTORY

HILD 7A. Race and Ethnicity in the United States (4)

HILA 121. History of Brazil

HILA 122. History of Cuba

HIUS 126. History of Race in the U.S. (4)

HIUS 128. African American Legal History (4)

HIUS 137. Slavery/Freedom/U.S. 1775–1877 (4)

HIUS 134. African American Cultural History (4)

HIUS 138. African American History/War and Peace (4)

HIUS 139/ETHN 149. African American History/Twentieth Century (4)

HIUS 144. Topics in US History* (4)

HIUS 146. Race, Riots, and Violence in the U.S. (4)

HIUS 147/USP 165. History of the American Suburb (4)

HIUS 148. American Cities in the Twentieth Century (4)

HIUS 155. Zoot Suit–Hip-Hop: Race and Popular Culture (4)

HIUS 176. Race and Sexual Politics

HIUS 183/ETHN 159. Topics/African American History (4)

HIUS 187. Topics in American Social History (4)

HIUS 188. Topics in Culture and Politics (4)

LITERATURE

LTAM 111. Comparative Caribbean Discourse (4)

LTAM 130. Reading North by South (4)

LTEN 27. Intro to Afro-American Literature (4)

LTEN 148. Genres/English and American Literature (4)

LTEN 183/ETHN 172. Afro-American Prose (4)

LTEN 185/ETHN 174. Themes in Afro-American Literature (4)

LTEN 186/ETHN 175. Literature of the Harlem Renaissance (4)

LTEN 187/ETHN 176. Black Music and Text: Communication and Cultural Expression (4)

LTEN 188. Contemporary Caribbean Literature (4)

LTAM 140. Topics in Culture and Politics* (4)

LTCS 130. Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Culture (4)

LTCS 150. Topics in Cultural Studies* (4)

LTCS 170. Visual Culture: Revolutionary Black Culture

LTCS 172. Topics/Screening Race and Ethnicity* (4)

LTCS 132. Topics in Social Identities and the Media (4)

LTEN 176. Major American Writers* (4)

LTEN 178. Comparative Ethnic Literature* (4)

LTSP 137. Caribbean Literature

LTWL 120. Popular Literature and Culture* (4)

LTWL 172. Special Topics in Literature* (4)

MUSIC

MUS 95. Ensemble Performance (2)

Section G. Gospel Choir* (Except for the two-unit performing arts courses in Music, which may be repeated for credit.)

Section JC. Jazz Chamber Ensemble** [formerly MUS 95. Jazz Ensemble (2)]

Section JL. Large Jazz Ensemble**

MUS 116. Popular Music Studies Seminar

MUS 126/ETHN 178. Blues: An Oral Tradition (4)

MUS 127A/ETHN 179A. Jazz Roots and Early Development (4)

MUS 127B/ETHN 179B. Jazz Since 1946: Freedom and Form (4)

MUS 131. Advanced Improvisation Performance (4)

MUS 150. Jazz and the Music of the African Diaspora

MUS 151. Race, Culture, and Social Change

MUS 152. The Politics of Hip-Hop

MUS 153. African Americans and the Mass Media

MUS 154/LTEN 187/ETHN 176. Black Music and Text: Communication and Cultural Expression (4)

POLITICAL SCIENCE

POLI 13. Power and Justice (4)

POLI 100H. Race and Ethnicity in American Politics (4)

POLI 100J. Race in American Political Development (4)

POLI 102E/USP 107. Urban Politics (4)

POLI 102K. The Urban Underclass (4)

POLI 108. Politics of Multiculturalism (4)

SOCIOLOGY

SOCI 10. American Society. Social Structure and Culture/U.S. (4)

SOCI 113. Sociology of the AIDS Epidemic (4)

SOCI 120T. Special Topics in Culture, Language, and Social Interaction (4)

SOCI 127. Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity (4)

SOCI 139. Social Inequality. Class, Race, and Gender (4)

SOCI 148E. Inequality and Jobs (4)

SOCI 151. Comparative Race and Ethnic Relations (4)

SOCI 152/USP 133. Social Inequality and Public Policy (4)

SOCI 153/USP 105. Urban Sociology (4)

SOCI 187E. The Sixties (4)

THEATRE AND DANCE

TDAC 120. Ensemble

THDT 109. African American Theatre

TDGE 127. The Films of Spike Lee (4)

TMDV 3. Beginning Jazz (2)

TMDV 11. Theatrical Tap (2)

TMDV 130. Intermediate Jazz (2)

TMDV 133. Advanced Jazz Dance (4)

TMDV 138. Hip-Hop (2)

TMDV 143. West African Dance (4)

URBAN STUDIES PROGRAM

USP 1. History: US Urban Communities (4)

USP 3. City and Social Theory (4)

USP 105. Urban Sociology (4)

USP 103/HIUS 148. American Cities in the Twentieth Century (4)

USP 104/ETHN 105. Ethnic Diversity and the City (4)

USP 105/SOCI 153. Urban Sociology (4)

USP 107/POLI 102E. Urban Politics (4)

USP 129/ETHN 190. Research Methods: Studying Ethnic and Racial Communities (4)

USP 130/ETHN 107. Ethnographic Fieldwork in Racial and Ethnic Communities

USP 132/ETHN 107. African Americans, Religion, and the City (4)

USP 133/SOCI 152. Social Inequality and Public Policy (4)

USP 147. Case Studies in Health-Care Programs: Poor and Underserved Communities (4)

USP 165/HIUS 147. History of the American Suburb (4)

VISUAL ARTS

VIS 1. Introduction to Art Making: Two Dimensional Practices (4)

VIS 126DN (Now VIS 126J). African and Afro-American Art (4)

VIS 130. Special Projects in Visual Arts (4)

VIS 154. Hard Look at the Movies (4)

VIS 167. Social Engagement/Photography (4)

Students interested in either taking African American Studies courses or completing the minor are encouraged to contact the program coordinator in the Literature Building, Room 243, (858) 534-3856.