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Courses of Instruction



Connections 23010. Black Aesthetics

Black Aesthetics examines African American contributions to the visual arts, music and literature of the United States. Placing African American creativity within historical, sociological and political contexts, students may explore how black artists forged a creative culture that both illustrated their unique experience and identity and transformed the arts of the dominant culture within which they worked.

This may be completed as a two- or three-course connection.  A two-course connection* must link courses from at least two different areas; a three-course connection must link courses from three areas.

*A two-course connection requires one course from creative arts or humanities with one course from history or social sciences.

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

ARTH 263 African American Art
ENG 209 African American Literature and Culture

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

Social Sciences
POLS 327 Black Political Thought
POLS 271 African American Politics
SOC 230 Race and Ethnicity