CES 140 Introduction to African American Studies • 5 Cr.


Examine African American identity, culture, and politics. Explore historical and contemporary issues facing African Americans in the United States. Topics may include: social construction of black identity, film and media representations of black life, racial inequality, intersectionality of identity and systems of power, African American activism and literary and artistic achievements. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of historical and contemporary issues facing African Americans.
  • Identify biases, stereotypes, and discrimination toward African Americans in the past and present and explore how this contributes to systemic racism.
  • Critically analyze African American experiences, identity formation, culture and activism.
  • Reflect on how knowledge of African American issues applies to one's own life and how different communities are racialized in relation to one anotherĀ