Howard University Unveils New Hip-Hop Courses

After exploring

ways to enhance academic course offerings by including courses that focus on Hip-Hop,

Howard University recently unveiled three new Hip-Hop related courses in the spring

semester of 2007. The

upcoming classes are geared toward engaging undergraduate students in a critical

analysis of Hip-Hop using research, policy, and program review, as well as including

activist perspectives.Undergrad

students will be able to enroll in “Hip-Hop and the African-American Experience”

in the spring and next fall, the university plans to offer another new Hip-Hop

course titled “Black Youth and Hip-Hop” to students."Hopefully

the success of the courses will motivate other departments at the university to

develop new and innovative courses that study Hip-Hop from a historical, cultural,

and contemporary perspective," said Joshua Kondwani Wright, a doctoral student

in Howard's Department of History.In

addition to the undergraduate students, Howard plans to offer a graduate class

to students called “Hip-Hop History.” The

seminar will include AJ Calloway, the original host of BET's 106 & Park, as

a frequent guest lecturer.Early

this spring, Howard played host to a "Hip-Hop and Higher Education Symposium"

that focused on creating Hip-Hop related courses at Howard University. The

courses were designed to serve as a model for other Historically Black Colleges

and Universities (HBCUs) in hopes that they will eventually incorporate them into

their curriculums.