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African American college courses students can take.

ENGLT 301 Introduction to Literature in Hip-Hop Culture

  • Units: 3
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Advisory: ENGWR 300 and LIBR 318
  • Transferable: UC/CSU
  • General Education: AA/AS Area I

This course surveys the literature that exists within Hip-Hop culture. Students will learn to apply critical literary analysis skills while exploring literature across multiple genres within Hip-Hop culture (including poetry, memoir, song, and film). The course will explore how the historical, cultural, racial, social and political context of Hip-Hop literary works shape the creative process and products. Students will also explore the evolution of Hip-Hop as a complex culture with various creative outputs, not just a musical genre.

ENGLT 331 African-American Literature (1730-1930)

  • Units: 3
  • Prerequisite: ENGWR 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory: LIBR 318 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable: UC/CSU

General Education: AA/AS Area I; AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3BENGLT 331 is a study of major African-American authors and their literature from 1730 to 1930. This course includes critical reading of slave narratives, autobiographies, essays, novels, plays, short stories, poetry, and folklore. The course examines the cultural, political, and historical contexts for the readings and the connections between the literature and the experiences that inspired them. Some of the writers studied include Lucy Terry, Jupiter Hammon, Frederick Douglass, Phillis Wheatley, William Wells Brown, Frances Harper, Booker T. Washington, W. E. B Dubois, Charles Chestnutt, Alain Locke, Zora Neale Hurston, and many others. One field trip may be required.

ENGLT 332 African-American Literature (1930-Present)

  • Units: 3
  • Prerequisite: ENGWR 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Advisory: LIBR 318 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable: UC/CSU
  • General Education: AA/AS Area I; AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B

ENGLT 332 is a study of major African-American authors and their literature from 1930 to the present. This course includes critical reading of essays, novels, plays, short stories, poetry, and folklore. The course also examines the cultural, historical, and political contexts for the literature. Some of the writers studied include Richard Wright, Ann Petry, Gwendolyn Brooks, Amiri Baraka, Owen Dodson, August Wilson, Rita Dove, J. California Cooper, Bebe Moore Campbell, Mari Evans, Ralph Ellison, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker and many others. One field trip may be required.

ENGLT 365 Introduction to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Literature

  • Units: 3
  • Prerequisite: ENGWR 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement through the assessment process.
  • Transferable: UC/CSU
  • General Education: AA/AS Area I; AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3B

This class will survey representative literature concerning gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) themes and issues as written by or about GLBT people from ancient times to the present day. The comprehensive literary study includes analysis of significant historical and cultural influences.

SOC 321 Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States

  • Units: 3
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Advisory: ENGWR 101 and ENGRD 110, or ESLW 340 and ESLR 340, with grades of "C" or better.
  • Transferable: UC/CSU
  • General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area D; IGETC Area 4J
  • C-ID: C-ID SOCI 150

This course examines patterns of ethnic relations. The course emphasis is domestic but includes investigations of global concerns. Topics include discrimination, prejudice, social stratification, inequality, racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, and related subjects.

SOC 482 Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States - Honors

  • Units: 3
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Enrollment Limitation: Eligibility for admission to the Honors Program.
  • Advisory: LIBR 318 and SOC 300 with grades of "C" or better; ENGWR 101 and ENGRD 110, or ESLW 340 and ESLR 340, with grades of "C" or better.
  • Transferable: UC/CSU
  • General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area D; IGETC Area 4
  • C-ID: C-ID SOCI 150

This course examines patterns of ethnic relations. The course emphasis is domestic but includes investigations of global concerns. Topics include discrimination, prejudice, social stratification, inequality, racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, and related subjects. This honors section uses an intensive seminar style of instructional methodology with extensive research projects on race and ethnicity designed to challenge motivated students. This course is not open to students who have completed SOC 321.