CES 140 Introduction to African American Studies • 5 Cr.


Uses an interdisciplinary, multimedia approach to examine the history, culture, religions, institutions, politics, economics, and arts of peoples of African descent in the United States. Focus is on U.S. life from a Black perspective, examining both historical and contemporary works. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101, or ENGL092 or ENGL 093 with a C- or better. Previously ETHN 140.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of historical, social-political and aesthetic themes throughout the development of African American culture.

  • Demonstrate how writing can serve as a tool for social justice and equality.

  • Demonstrate ability to critically evaluate and interpret a wide range of texts, articles, media and art forms relevant to African American culture.