HIST-136 : African-American History (formerly HI-136)

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: HIST-136 African-American History (formerly HI-136)

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): ENGL-101

Co-requisites (if any): ENGL-101

Course Description in college catalog:

Survey of major developments in the history of Africans in America from the colonial era to the present day. Themes will include changes in the legal status of Africans in America, evolving ideas about racial identity, and the politics of civil rights. Topics will include the economics of slavery, African cultural survival, and the roles of religion and family in black communities. Major events surveyed include the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Power Movement, and recent changes in black America due to immigration.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences

A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

1. Students will critically evaluate historical evidence related to the evolving relationships among individuals, social groups, political parties, and nation-states inside and outside of the U.S. and how those affected African Americans.

a. Differentiate between primary and secondary historical source material.

b. Identify how historical moments shape perspectives.

2. Students will identify and explain the cause and effect relationships surrounding significant moments of historical change among African Americans from the colonial period to the present.

a. Define difference between cause and effect.

b. Identify relationships between specific historical causes and effects.

3. Students will identify and evaluate the major social, cultural, political, and economic causes and effects of significant moments of historical change. Topics include: the economics of slavery, African cultural survival, and the roles of religion and family in black communities. Major events surveyed include the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Power Movement, and recent changes in black America due to immigration.

a. Define difference between different kinds of change in society.

b. Provide examples of both change and continuity over time in social, political, economic, and cultural history and its relationship to significant moments of historical change as referenced above.

c. Evaluate different significance of different types of change.

Program-specific outcomes

FLEXIBLE CORE 2B. U.S. Experience in its Diversity Outcomes:

1. Identify and apply the fundamental concepts and methods of a discipline or interdisciplinary field exploring the

2. U.S. experience in its diversity, including, but not limited to, anthropology, communications, cultural studies, economics, history, political science, psychology, public affairs, sociology, and U.S. literature.

3. Analyze and explain one or more major themes of U.S. history from more than one informed perspective.

4.  Evaluate how indigenous populations, slavery, or immigration have shaped the development of the United States.

5. Analyze and discuss common institutions or patterns of life in contemporary U.S. society and how they influence, or are influenced by, race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, belief, or other forms of social differentiation.  

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study

  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Exams, Research paper(s) and Quizzes

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Disabilities
Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC)Opens in a new window
Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

Queensborough Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window
QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

Queensborough Art GalleryOpens in a new window
QCC Art GalleryOpens in a new window

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.