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Africana Studies Course for Employees

AS 101—African American History 101 for Faculty and Staff

INSTRUCTORS:   Dr. Jerry Rafiki Jenkins and Dr. Martin Japtok

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NOTE: This is an asynchronous online course with optional synchronous Zoom discussions.

Employee Student Learning Outcome

Employees will acquire an understanding of the development of what has come to be called systemic racism, or, to be more precise, systemic anti-Blackness.  They will learn of the origins of this now global phenomenon, of its development and growth in the territories that become the United States, and about how Africans became African Americans.

Student Learning Outcome: Students should demonstrate an understanding of the distinctive contributions of Africans and their descendants to American history and culture.

Course Description

For anyone wishing to understand not only American history but the development of the Atlantic world, the modern world economy, and modern popular culture, African American history is an excellent place to start.  Of course, it is also a fascinating subject in its own right, but we emphasize its international dimensions because it has too often been treated as a supplementary or marginal subject; however, anyone ignoring African American history cannot come to an understanding of the processes that have shaped the world we live in.  A course covering over 350 years can only touch on important periods and developments, and even by focusing on the U.S., one ignores the larger development of the African Diaspora in the Western hemisphere—however, we’re making a good start by learning as much as we can about U.S. African American History until the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Scope of Course

This course examines the cultural, economic, social, and political development of African Americans in the United States from the origins in Africa through Reconstruction with particular emphasis on the trans-Atlantic slave trade; the colonial period; the American Revolution; constitutional developments; the plantation system; slavery on and off the plantation; free African Americans in the North and South; westward expansion and the frontier; emergence of sectionalism; the anti-slavery movement; the Civil War; Reconstruction and post-war adjustments.


Deborah Gray White, Mia Bay, and Waldo E. Martin. Freedom on My Mind, 2nd ed. ISBN: 978-1-319-02133-7

  • If you are a PFF member, PFF can loan you a textbook for use in this class with the option to purchase for a discounted amount. PFF members who enroll will be contacted by PFF prior to the first week of class about the book loan program. If you are not a PFF member and would like to take advantage of this member benefit for the AS 101 class, please visit:

Steps to Enroll

  • Are you a Palomar College Student?  If not, your first step is to apply to the college to become a student.
  • Enroll in  AS 101 section # 73675.  You will need to use a Permission Code to enroll.
  • Choose a grading option:
    • FACULTY Salary Schedule Credit (Need to enroll for credit and ABC grading, $46/unit – $138 fee) – prefilled salary schedule credit form below is due by 8/17/20. Email the form to Richard Loucks by 8/17/20 for Sabbatical Leave Committee Review.
    • Pass/No Pass (credit, change grading status from ABC to PNP, $46/unit – $138 fee) – prefilled pass/no pass form below. Student complete, sign, and email to by 10/10/20.
    • Audit (no grades or credit, $15/unit – $45 fee) – prefilled audit form is below. Send to Allison Tyra for necessary signatures by 10/10/20.

Audit Form

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FACULTY Salary Credit

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Pass/No Pass

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