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AASP
African American Studies Department Site
AASP100
Introduction to African American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Significant aspects of the history of African Americans with particular emphasis on the evolution and development of black communities from slavery to the present. Interdisciplinary introduction to social, political, legal and economic roots of contemporary problems faced by blacks in the United States with applications to the lives of other racial and ethnic minorities in the Americas and in other societies.
AASP100H
Introduction to African American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Significant aspects of the history of African Americans with particular emphasis on the evolution and development of black communities from slavery to the present. Interdisciplinary introduction to social, political, legal and economic roots of contemporary problems faced by blacks in the United States with applications to the lives of other racial and ethnic minorities in the Americas and in other societies.
AASP101
Public Policy and the Black Community
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
Formerly: AASP300.
The impact of public policies on the black community and the role of the policy process in affecting the social, economic and political well-being of minorities. Particular attention given to the post-1960 to present era.
AASP200
African Civilization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU
A survey of African civilizations from 4500 B.C. to present. Analysis of traditional social systems. Discussion of the impact of European colonization on these civilizations. Analysis of the influence of traditional African social systems on modern African institutions as well as discussion of contemporary processes of Africanization.
AASP202
Black Culture in the United States
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
The course examines important aspects of African American life and thought which are reflected in African American literature, drama, music and art. Beginning with the cultural heritage of slavery, the course surveys the changing modes of black creative expression from the 19th-century to the present.
AASP202H
Black Culture in the United States
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
The course examines important aspects of African American life and thought which are reflected in African American literature, drama, music and art. Beginning with the cultural heritage of slavery, the course surveys the changing modes of black creative expression from the 19th-century to the present.
AASP210
Intro to Research Design and Analysis in African American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Introduces students to quantitative and qualitative research methods used in social science with a focus on Black populations and African American Studies Research. Uses practical exercises, such as class surveys and mock focus groups, to examine fundamental concepts of the research process from conceptualization of research questions to interpretation of data and research articles. The course is designed for undergraduate students with little or no background knowledge in social science research methods.
AASP274
Creative Writing Through The Eyes of African Americans: A Beginning Workshop
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Restriction: Must not have completed ENGL271, ENGL274, ENGL294,or AASP274.
Cross-listed with ENGL274.
Credit only granted for: ENGL274 or AASP274.
Introduction to theory and practice of writing fiction, drama and poetry, with an emphasis on African American literary models. Critical reading, exercises and workshop discussions with continual reference to modeling, drafting, and revising as necessary stages in a creative process.
AASP297
Research Methods in African American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: AASP101 or AASP202.
Restriction: Must be in African American Studies program.
Credit only granted for: AASP297 or AASP299R.
Formerly: AASP299R.
Introduces African American Studies majors to the basic research skills, methodologies, sources, and repositories for studying African Diaspora. Students will be required to select a research topic, write a research proposal, develop an annotated bibliography, and in the process will be prepared for completing their senior thesis or other significant writing projects necessary to fulfill the requirements of the major.
AASP298C
African-American History to 1865
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DVUP
Cross-listed with: HIST254.
Credit only granted for: HIST254 or AASP298C.
Survey of the principal developments in the history and culture of the peoples of African descent in colonial North America and the United States to 1865. Examines the African past, the Atlantic slave trade, variation in slavery, the growth of free black communities, the transformations of families and cultural forms, and patterns of resistance.
Cross-listed with HIST254. Credit will be granted for AASP298C or HIST 254.
AASP298I
Special Topics in African American Studies; Introduction to Black Women's Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with AASP298I. Credit only granted for WMST298A or AASP298I .
AASP298L
African-American Literature and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL, D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Cross-listed with: ENGL234.
Credit only granted for: ENGL234 or AASP298L.
An exploration of the stories black authors tell about themselves, their communities, and the nation as informed by time and place, gender, sexuality, and class. African American perspective themes such as art, childhood, sexuality, marriage, alienation and mortality, as well as representations of slavery, Reconstruction, racial violence and the Nadir, legalized racism and segregation, black patriotism and black ex-patriots, the optimism of integration, and the prospects of a post-racial America.
Cross-listed with ENGL234. Credit granted for AASP298L or ENGL234.
AASP298M
Special Topics in African American Studies; Martin Luther King, Jr.
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Jointly offered with HIST189D and AMST298D. Credit granted for HIST189D, AASP298M, or AMST298D.
AASP299T
Selected Topics in African American Studies; Introduction to Twi
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This is a language course designed to provide basic communicative competence in oral Twi for beginners. This is part of the STIC (student initiated courses) program and will be taught by undergraduates under the supervision of a faculty advisor.

A student-led course through Student-Initiated Courses (STICs) @ UMD: http://stics.umd.edu/ Please click here for more information.
AASP301
Applied Policy Analysis and the Black Community
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: AASP101; and (ECON201 or ECON200).
Recommended: Completion of one semester of statistics is recommended.
Development and application of the tools needed for examining the effectiveness of alternative policy options confronting minority communities. Review policy research methods used in forming and evaluating policies. Examination of the policy process.
AASP310
African Slave Trade
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: AASP202 or AASP100; or permission of BSOS-African American Studies department.
Formerly: AASP311.
The relationship of the slave trade of Africans to the development of British capitalism and its industrial revolution; and to the economic and social development of the Americas.
AASP386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-African American Studies department; and junior standing or higher.
AASP395
Fundamentals of Quantitative Research in Socio-Cultural Perspective
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in African American Studies program; and junior standing or higher.
Introduction to quantitative methods for African American Studies majors in the cultural and social analysis concentration. Basics of survey design and experimental design and data analysis and use of statistical software programs.
AASP396
Independent Study Non-Thesis Option
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: AASP386 and AASP297.
Restriction: Must be in African American Studies program.
Credit only granted for: AASP396 or AASP397.
A research seminar that allows African American Studies majors to complete an independent study research project in lieu of completing the AASP397: Senior Thesis. Students will examine various concepts of race, gender, labor and ethnicity in the seminar lecture component to be applied toward their specific research projects.
AASP397
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-African American Studies department.
Directed research in African American Studies resulting in the completion and defense of a senior thesis.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
AASP398E
Selected Topics in the African Diaspora; The Black Power Movement
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with HIST319N. Credit only granted for HIST319N or AASP398E . This course examines the ideologies, politics, economy, and culture of Black Power as a social movement for liberation.
AASP398P
Selected Topics in the African Diaspora; African Studies: Intro to Pan-Africanism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
AASP398Q
Selected Topics in the African Diaspora; Black Baltimore in the Post Racial U.S: African American Urban Culture in the Age of Obama
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
AASP400
Directed Readings in African American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Prerequisite: AASP202 or AASP100.
The readings will be directed by the faculty of African American Studies. Topics to be covered will be chosen to meet the needs and interests of individual students.
Cross-listed with WMST498Y. Credit will be granted for one of the following: AASP400, AASP400H, or WMST498Y.
AASP400H
(Perm Req)
Directed Readings in African American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, DVUP
Prerequisite: AASP202 or AASP100.
The readings will be directed by the faculty of African American Studies. Topics to be covered will be chosen to meet the needs and interests of individual students.
For general honors students only. The readings will be directed by the faculty of African American Studies. Topics to be covered will be chosen to meet the needs and interests of individual students.
AASP401
Research Directions in African-American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 90 credits; and must be major in African-American Studies.
Utilizing a pro seminar format, this course offers an overview of recent research on the experiences of African Americans and the African diaspora. The course will cover selective topics from research portfolios of department faculty related to the status of African Americans and the diaspora across a number of topics. Students will read recent original research studies and discuss with the authors both the theoretical underpinnings of the research, the methods and evaluate the interpretations. This course fulfills the capstone requirement for African American studies majors and certificate students by providing an opportunity to consolidate and integrate a range of ideas encountered in the curriculum.
AASP402
Classic Readings in African American Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: AASP202 or AASP100.
Classic readings of the social, economic and political status of blacks and other minorities in the United States and the Americas.
AASP478B
Humanities Topics in African American Studies; African-American Literature: The Beginning to 1910
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Two English courses in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department. Cross-listed with ENGL470. Credit granted for ENGL470 or AASP478B.
AASP498C
Special Topics in Black Culture; 21st Century Black Feminisms
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with WMST428L. Credit only granted for AASP498C or WMST428L . Built loosely around Dr. Brittney Cooper's 2018 Black feminist manifes to Eloquent Rage this course looks at black women's anger as a generativ e force for social change. Through reading Cooper's book and the interse ctional black feminists texts that inspired it, this course will explore black women's sexuality and family life, black popular culture, black w omen's politics, black women's bodily autonomy, and the simmering rage w hich under girds many black women's experiences in the United States.
AASP498J
Special Topics in Black Culture; Racial Socialization of Children and Adolescents: Theory, Research and Practice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
AASP498O
Special Topics in Black Culture; African American and Latino Social, Cultural and Political Relations: 1940 to Present
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Cross-listed with USLT498E. Credit granted for AASP498O or USLT498E.
AASP498Y
Special Topics in Black Culture; Black Queer Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with LGBT448L. Credit granted for AASP498Y or LGBT448L.
AASP499C
Advanced Topics in Public Policy and the Black Community; Race and Reproduction
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with AMST498E, SOCY498F,SOCY699B and WMST428C. Credit only granted for AASP499C, AMST498E, SOCY498F, SOCY699B or WMST428C.
AASP499P
Advanced Topics in Public Policy and the Black Community; African-American Politics from Frederick Douglass to Barack Obama
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Jointly offered with PLCY388B and GVPT368L. Credit only granted for AASP499P, GVPT368L, or PLCY388B.