ETH2208EN - Intro to African American Studies

Course description

An interdiscipinary introduction to the sociological, cultural, historical, and political issues impacting those citizens of African descent living in America. Emphasis is placed on various movements that have resulted from the African American experience, Christ-centered and otherwise, from the slave trade until the present.

How this course benefits students

Students are able to review and develop an understanding of the multiple views in which people, in this case, African Americans, have protested and resisted oppression.

Why this course is important

This is an essential course, a study of how an oppressed group of people can defy the odds, keep their faith, and survive and/or personally grow and develop.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Ethnic Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Those of African descent, are reported to be the offspring of Noah's son, Ham. These descendents will be studied throughout the Bible.

Missionally driven

The Bible and course textbooks will help prepare missional leaders for work in and with African Americans.

Contextually informed

Knowing how early and more recent believers responded to issues provides the context in which to view the movement of African Americans throughout history.

Interculturally focused

The Seven Criteria for Culture (Karenga 1991) are: 1) mythology, 2) history, 3) social organization, 4) economic organization, 5) political organization, 6) creative motif, and 7) faith. Students will be able to follow and elaborate on each of these throughout African American experiences.

Practically minded

This course offers insights that help students apply their knowledge and practice to serve African Americans and actually other race and ethnic groups.

Experientially transformed

Discussions will equip students with the information that they will find useful in working not only with African Americans, but other race/ethnic goups as well.