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HST 121 AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY I

HST 121 African-American History I

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  HST 121 African-American History I

Credit Hours:  3.0            Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grades of “C” or better in ENG 096 and RDG 096

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: This course surveys the African-American experience from Africa to the Reconstruction Era in the U.S., beginning with African civilizations and West African explorations of the Western hemisphere.  It concludes with the end of slavery in the United States.  The economic, social, political and psychological dynamics of African, Caribbean and African-American life and interracial relations are discussed in this global study.

General Education Goals: HST 121 is affirmed in the following General Education Foundation Categories: Historical Perspective and Global and Cultural Awareness of Diversity.  The corresponding General Education Goals are respectively as follows: Students will understand historical events and movements in World, Western, non-Western, or American societies and assess their subsequent significance; and Students will understand the importance of global perspective and culturally diverse peoples.  HST 121 also addresses the General Education Integrated Course Goal: Information Literacy, which is as follows: Students will address an information need by locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. identify the African origin of the African-American community and discuss the characteristics of the civilizations they built in Africa;
  2. assess the importance of the pre-Columbian African presence in the West and the influence of Africans on Meso-American and Caribbean cultures;
  3. describe and critically examine the events that lead to and characterized the Atlantic Slave Trade and its role in the shaping of an African-American culture;
  4. describe the contributions and struggles of African-American people in American and Caribbean society; and
  5. critically examine, in a comparative sense, the struggles of enslaved and free blacks in the U.S. and/or other parts of the African Diaspora.