Black Studies (BLAS)



100 Introduction to Black Studies - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 47A or English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5. 
This course is an overview of the Black Studies discipline including its social and academic origins, goals and development. Emphasis is placed on providing students with an understanding of the fundamental areas of study within the field and of the interdisciplinary approach to studying the African experience in America and the world. This course is intended for students majoring in Black Studies and all students interested in general knowledge of the Black experience. AA/AS; CSU; UC.

104 Black Psychology - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/Pass No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 47A or English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
This course is an introduction to psychological concepts and principles as they relate to African American behaviors, perspectives and lifestyles. Emphasis is placed on comparing Euro-American theories as they have been traditionally applied to African Americans with contemporary Afri-centric theories and the ways in which they may be applied to create a greater understanding of the behaviors, lifestyles and psychological needs of African Americans. This course is intended for students majoring in Black Studies and all students interested in the multicultural aspects of psychology. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: Psychology (101) and Black Studies (BLAS) 104 combined: maximum credit, one course.

110 African American Art - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R6 and W6. 
This course is a historical survey of African American art from 1650 to present, including the influence of African, European and Native American art styles and traditions. This course is intended for students majoring in Black Studies, Art and those who are interested in history, humanities, teaching, travel, and cultural enrichment. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

115 Sociology from a Black Perspective - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
This course is a study of African American society and culture. Emphasis is placed on analyzing the origins, nature, structure and dynamics of African American life from a systemic perspective. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: Sociology (SOCO) 101 and Black Studies (BLAS) 115 combined: maximum credit, one course.

116 Contemporary Social Problems from a Black Perspective - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 or English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 or W5.
This course is a sociological analysis of institutional racism, the process of social change and how it affects African Americans. Emphasis is placed on broad contemporary issues as they relate to African Americans, such as the prison industrial complex, gender and health care. This course is intended for Black Studies majors and anyone interested in history, teaching and current events. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

120 Black Music - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 47A or English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
This course is a study of African American musical forms and styles in historical perspective. Emphasis is placed on providing students with an appreciation for the African roots of a variety of African American music genres. This course is intended for students majoring in Black Studies and anyone interested in the history of African American music. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

130 The Black Family - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 47A or English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
This course is a study of the African American family. Emphasis is placed on the socio-cultural and psychological issues surrounding the history of the Black family in America. Topics include contemporary African American dating, marriage and divorce patterns, gender roles and extended family, kin and community networks. This course is intended for students majoring in Black Studies and all students interested in the historical and contemporary perspective of the Black family. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

135 Introduction to Black Politics - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 or English 49 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Level R5 or W5.
This course is a survey of African American experiences with the United States political system from the Colonial era to the present. Emphasis is placed on the role of race in American political culture, practices and institutions as well as the ideas, tactics and organizations developed and employed by African Americans in their struggle for political power. This course is intended for students who wish to major in Black Studies and/or who wish to gain general knowledge of the Black experience. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

140A History of the U.S., Black Perspectives - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 47A or English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
This course is a survey of United States History from the Colonial period to 1877 with emphasis on African American experiences and contributions. Course content focuses on political, social, economic, and cultural development of the country. This course is intended for all students interested in the history of the U.S. from an African American perspective. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: History (HIST) 109-110, 141-142, 150-151, Black Studies (BLAS) 140A-140B, and/or Chicano Studies (CHIC) 141A-141B combined: maximum credit, one series.

140B History of the U.S., Black Perspectives - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 47A or English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
This course is a survey of the history of the United States from Reconstruction to the present with emphasis on African American experience and contributions. Course content focuses on political, social, economic, cultural, and intellectual trends, the persistence of racism, and the struggle for full equality for all Americans. This course is intended for all students interested in the history of the U.S. from an African American perspective. AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: History (HIST) 109-110, 141-142, 150-151, Black Studies (BLAS) 140A-140B, and/or Chicano Studies (CHIC) 141A-141B combined: maximum credit, one series.

145A Introduction to African History - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R6 and W6.
This course is a survey of African History from the Stone Age through the beginnings of European colonization in the 1870s. Emphasis is placed on providing students with a broad presentation of the geographical features of the continent and its connections to the rest of the world, local and regional cultural, political, economic and social institutions, slavery, European conquest and colonization, and African resistance to colonization. This course is intended for students majoring in black studies or history and for all students interested in African history. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

145B Introduction to African History - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R6 and W6.
This course is a survey of African History from the late nineteenth century to the present. Emphasis is placed on providing students with a broad presentation of European colonization and colonial rule, African independence movements, nation-building, economic development and the continuing quest for African unity. This course is intended for students majoring in Black Studies or history and for all students interested in African history. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

150 Black Women in Literature, Film and the Media - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6.
This course analyzes stereotypical, contemporary and self images of Africana women in literature, film and media. This course is designed for Black Studies majors and all students interested in literature, film and media. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

155 African American Literature - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/Pass /No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 47A or English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
This course is a survey of African American cultural expression through language and literature in historical perspective. Emphasis is placed on the cultural, ethnic, and political dynamics that influence literary, musical and theoretical texts. Topics include African praise songs, slave narratives, African American folktales, poetry, lyrics, spirituals, raps, short stories, novels, speeches and essays. This course is for students majoring in Black Studies and all students interested in literature from an African American perspective. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

165 Sexuality and Black Culture - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6. 
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Black Studies 265.
This course is an in-depth study and analysis of the social and psychological factors that determine thenature of human sexuality in the African-American community. This course is intended for students majoring in Black Studies and all students interested in sexuality and the African-American community. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: Psychology (PSYC) 137 and Black Studies (BLAS) 165 combined: maximum credit, one course.

This discipline may offer specialized instruction in one or more of the following areas: Supervised Tutoring (044), Experimental Topics (265), Independent Study (290), Individualized Instruction (296), Service Learning (277), or Work Experience (270). Detailed course descriptions are listed on page page 120. Please refer to the class schedule and/or see the dean or department chair for availability.