Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
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Courses of Instruction



Connections 23007. African Diaspora in New World

The courses in this connection connect the tradition of African American music to important aspects of American history and culture as studied from the perspectives of history and/or sociology. Students will learn to contextualize material across courses in these disciplines. History and sociology address issues of race and ethnicity, resistance, the church, community building, and the historical, political and economic backgrounds of these issues. Music explores the intangible reservoir of creativity and spiritual energy that helped an oppressed community not only to survive, but to flourish artistically. This connection encourages students to synthesize history and sociology with artistic and theological issues through music.

This may be completed as a two- or three-course connection. All connections must include at least one of the music courses. A two-course connection must link courses from at least two different areas; a three-course connection must link courses from three areas.

Creative Arts
MUSC 272 African American Originals I: Spirituals, Blues and All That Jazz
MUSC 273 African American Originals II: Rhythm and Blues, Rock and Contemporary Jazz

HIST 209 African American History to 1877
HIST 210 African American History: 1877 to the Present

Social Sciences
SOC 230 Race and Ethnicity
WGS 315 Black Feminist Theory