African-American Studies

When you purse a minor in African-American studies, you will examine, analyze, and interpret the experiences and traditions of people of African descent. In order to complete the minor, you must complete 20 hours of coursework designated as appropriate. Four of the 20 required hours will be fulfilled through the completion of HIST 3170 Afro-American Heritage. The remaining 16 hours may be fulfilled through any courses approved by the director that dedicate at least 25 percent of semester coursework to African-American studies. Courses may be taken in any sequence and vary from year to year.

Minor in African-American Studies

Requirements for the minor: In order to complete a minor in African-American Studies, the student will complete 20 hours of coursework designated as appropriate to the program.

Students must complete:

HIST 3170 African-American Heritage (4 sem. hours).

Students must also complete another 16 hours. The remaining 16 hours may be fulfilled through any courses approved by the Director that dedicate at least 25 percent of semester coursework to African-American Studies. Some courses are pre-approved, such as those detailed below. Others vary semester to semester.

SOAN 3600 African Americans and Latinos (4 sem. hours).

This course will provide an exploration of the historical and contemporary experiences of African Americans and Latinos in the United States by examining the nature and dynamics of racial and ethnic relations in various institutions. Specific focus will be given to patterns of migration and incorporation along with an overview of how these groups contribute to and shape U.S. social landscape and institutions. The class starts with an overview of the contemporary experiences of African Americans and Latinos by engaging in various theoretical explanations and end with an extensive look at how members of these groups interact with and influence social policy.

HIST 2120 History of Mississippi (4 sem. hours).

The course examines Mississippi’s history through its geography, demography, economy, politics, and culture. The interactions of these categories and their collective impact on contemporary issues in the state will be explored at length. Special emphasis will be placed on the positions of power that the migration to the state brought to bear among competing indigenous nations, between those nations and white migrants, and the interactions of white and black Mississippians through the institutions of slavery, the process of emancipations, and the struggle for equality.

PLSC 2300: Politics of the American South (4 sem. hours).

This course examines the electoral, historical, economic, social, and cultural variables in the American South as well as the vast changes that have occurred in southern politics in the past century. Course readings, lectures, and discussions will focus on governing institutions, individual politicians, and party structures in what is perhaps the nation’s most politically unique region. Offered occasionally.

SOAN 2120 The Many Dimensions of Poverty (4 sem. hours).

An introductory course examining American poverty as a problem for individuals, families, and societies. This course examines historical and contemporary conceptualizations and measurements of poverty, causes of poverty, and the legal, political, and social implications of poverty for society. Offered every year in the spring semester.

SOAN 2140 Crime and Prisons (4 sem. hours).

This course will center around two general topics: (1) Crime, Criminality, and Criminological Theories and (2) Prison, Detention, and Mass Incarceration. Under each topic, students will utilize a sociological perspective to examine the nature of crime, the creation of crime and criminals, and the past and contemporary penal system.

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