HIST-243: African-American History

Liberal Arts
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
African-American History
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
ENG-081/093 eligible
Catalog Course Description

Presents an overview of Africans and African-Americans in the Colonies and the United States from African beginnings to the present. Emphasizes the conditions of slavery and on the cultural development of African-American peoples since the Emancipation.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. The African Background
  2. The Slave Trade and the New World
  3. Colonial Slavery and the Plantation Economy
  4. African-Americans and the War for Independence
  5. African-Americans: The Constitution and the New Republic
  6. The Peculiar Institution of Slavery and the Rise of the Cotton Kingdom
  7. Quasi-Free African-Americans during Slavery
  8. The Abolitionists and the Reformers
  9. African-Americans in Antebellum America and Intersectional Strife
  10. African-American Participation in the Civil War and the End of Slavery
  11. Reconstruction and the New South for African-Americans
  12. African-Americans in the Era of Segregation
  13. African-Americans and the Civil Rights Movement
  14. The Emergence of the Black Middle Class
  15. African-Americans Confront the Re-Emergence of Conservative Politics
  16. African-Americans at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century: Demography
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Outline time and chronology in African-American history.
2. Identify, summarize, and analyze major elements of African-American history.
3. Analyze cause and effect in African-American history.
4. Trace elements of change and continuity in African-American history.
5. Emphasize parallelism by describing the impact of major events, personalities, and places upon African-American history.

Detailed Learning Objectives (Optional)

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Describe the African background.
2. Analyze the slave trade in the New World.
3. Analyze colonial slavery and the plantation economy.
4. Discuss the role of African-Americans in the War for Independence.
5. Analyze African-Americans in relation to the US Constitution and the New Republic.
6. Discuss the peculiar institution of slavery and the rise of the cotton kingdom.
7. Describe quasi-free African-Americans during slavery.
8. Compare and contrast the Abolitionists and the Reformers.
9. Describe African-Americans in Antebellum America and intersectional strife.
10. Analyze African-American participation in the Civil War and the end of slavery.
11. Explain the situation of African-Americans in Reconstruction and the New South.
12. Analyze African-Americans in the era of segregation.
13. Discuss African-Americans and the Civil Rights movement.
14. Analyze the emergence of the black middle class.
15. Illustrate how African-Americans confront the re-emergence of conservative politics.
16. Describe African-Americans at the dawn of the Twenty-First Century demography, education, and the Reparations Movement.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment of academic achievement will be identified and implemented by the class instructor. Methods will include, but will not be limited to, individual projects, vocabulary, class participation (discussion and critiques), and tests.


Each instructor will select the teaching materials she/he feels are best suited to her/his course.


General Education Categories
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
Institutional Outcomes
  • Civil Society and Culture - U.S. and Global
MTA Categories
  • Category 4: Social Sciences
  • Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2021
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date