Power and Decision-Making in the Urban Environment (3)
Examines the decision-making process in the urban community; the
dynamics of the group; formal and informal power structures in the urban
community; and their influence on the decision-making process.
Cross-listed with Urban Studies: 50:975:104 Power and Decision Making in Urban Communities.
Introduction to Africana Studies (D) (3)
Introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Africana studies. Organized around central themes and forces that have shaped and been shaped by the life experiences of people of African descent.
Psychology of Minority Groups (D) (3)
Examination of the personality patterns, psychological dynamics, and social-cultural styles that emerge from the encounter of minority groups with American culture. Attempts made to define the major psychological events within minority groups as they relate to developmental processes, attitudes, perceptions, and identity patterns.
Prerequisite: 50:830:101 or 135.
African-American History I (D) (3)
An introduction to the history of black people in America, with a survey
of African background, the history of slavery and resistance to
slavery, and the evolution of black leadership through the Civil War.
Cross-listed with American History: 50:512:203 African-American History I.
African-American History II (D) (3)
Continuation of 50:014:203, tracing black leadership and cultural
development through Reconstruction, the period of official segregation,
and the civil rights revolution.
Cross-listed with American History: 50:512:204 African-American History.
Poverty and Urban Environmental Systems (D) (3)
Problems of urban poverty in the context of income insufficiency and
inequality in the American socioeconomic system. Factors contributing to
urban poverty are population growth, technological change, racism,
migration patterns, and subcultural conflicts. Lifestyles of the urban
poor. Institutional structures that handicap or aid the poor in escaping
the poverty trap. The needs of the urban poor are considered in
relation to present programs for eliminating poverty. Existing but unmet
needs identified and possible solutions explored.
Cross-listed with 50:975:204 Poverty and Urban Environmental Systems.
Contemporary Social Problems (3)
Survey of contemporary social problems with particular attention to how
social issues become defined as "problems" and to how sociological
knowledge can inform social policy choices. Topics include poverty,
discrimination, family breakup, crime, mental illness, alcoholism, and
others. Nonsociology majors may choose to take this course as a
beginning course in sociology.
Cross-listed with Sociology: 50:920:208 Contemporary Social Problems.
African-American Religion (3)
The effects of American enslavement on the religious and social
institutions of the African people and the development of religious
beliefs and institutions within the African-American community. The
relationship between black and white religious institutions and the role
of religion in the development of black political consciousness.
Cross-listed with Religion 50:840:216.
African-American Theater (3)
African-American theater spans over 200 years in America from
the earliest performances during African enslavement through to
Emancipation, racial terror, discrimination, marginalization, civil rights, and ongoing struggles in "Post-Black" or "Post-Racial" America.
This survey course covers key moments, significant plays, genres, texts,
performances, theater companies, stereotypes, and reappropriations as
vehicles in African-American theater. This course includes aside notes,
fun facts, lectures, quizzes, regular discussions, chat, papers,
presentations, script analysis, projects, and timelines that put
African-American theater in historical and political contexts with
conquest, slavery, and race in America.
Cross-listed with Theater: 50:965:216 African-American Theater.
Africana Philosophy (D) (3)
Africana (or African-American) philosophy; the modern intellectual
tradition of the African diaspora in North America and the Caribbean; philosophical issues related to identity, race, and culture;
the phenomenon and experience of oppression and liberation; and
contemporary philosophical concerns about the black past, present, and
Cross-listed with Philosophy: 50:730:216 Africana Philosophy.
Precolonial West Africa (3)
This course focuses on the history of West Africa until the 1880s. It is designed to give the students a broad understanding of the evolution of precolonial West African societies, and the ability to analyze and interpret primary sources for major themes and episodes of West African history within their social, political, economic, and cultural contexts.
Precolonial Africa (3)
Survey of the rise of early African civilizations, such as Egypt,
Nubia, and Axum. Origins of slavery and trans-Saharan trade.
Cross-listed with African, Asian, Latin American, and Comparative History: 50:516:241 Precolonial Africa.
Africa since 1800 (3)
Precolonial times to the present, with emphasis on colonization, imperialism, and the process of decolonization.
Cross-listed with African, Asian, Latin American, and Comparative History: 50:516:242 Africa since 1800 to the Present.
African and Caribbean Literature in English Translation (3)
A study of the Francophone literature of Africa and the Caribbean.
Reading and discussion of selected works in prose, poetry, and drama by
representative black writers of French expression in English
translation. Topics include negritude, the treatment of African women in
literature, racial imperialism as a topic of satire and humor, the
search for identity, and others.
Cross-listed with French: 50:420:243 African and Caribbean Literature in English Translation.
Survey of African-American Literature I (3)
Survey of African-American literary production from its formal
beginnings in the 18th century until the end of the 19th century.
Cross-listed with American Literature: 50:352:250 Survey of African-American Literature I.
Survey of African-American Literature II (D) (3)
Survey of African-American literary production from the end of
the 19th century to the early 21st century.
Cross-listed with American Literature: 50:352:251 Survey of African-American Literature II.
The Slave Narrative (D) (3)
The slave narrative from its beginnings in the 18th century to its more
recent enunciations in 21st-century writing.
Cross-listed with American History: 50:352:352 The Slave Narrative.
The Era of the Harlem Renaissance (D) (3)
An investigation of writing and thought by black writers in America
during the 1920s and 1930s, a period known as the Harlem Renaissance.
Cross-listed with American History: 50:352:351 The Harlem Renaissance.
Independent Study (BA)
Independent readings under the supervision of a faculty member. Intended for Africana studies majors.
For juniors and seniors only. Credits and hours are by arrangement. Prerequisite: Permission of the director of the Africana studies program.
Race and Ethnicity (3)
The social construction of race and ethnicity in the United States and
around the globe. The formation of racial and ethnic identities and the
varieties of group interaction, including prejudice, discrimination,
assimilation, institutional domination, and change. Changing concepts,
boundaries, and interrelationships within a global context.
Cross-listed with Sociology: 50:920:316 Race and Ethnicity.
Race in Latin America (3)
This course surveys the sociological meaning of race in Latin
Cross-listed with Sociology: 50:920:317 Race in Latin America.
Civil War and Reconstruction (3)
The political, social, and economic history of the United States from
1850 to 1877; emphasis on the Civil War, its causes and effects.
Cross-listed with American History: 50:512:320 Civil War and Reconstruction.
Urban Sociology (ECL) (4)
Explores the rise and transformation of urban and suburban life in the
industrial and postindustrial United States and social class, ethnic,
and racial differences in communities. Includes discussions of the
history of cities and suburbanization, poverty, race relations and
segregation, employment, and inequality in U.S metropolitan areas. This
course has a mandatory engaged civic learning component (ECL), included
in a 1-credit lab section, making the course worth a total of 4 credits
rather than 3. All students must register for the course and one lab
Cross-listed with Sociology: 50:920:321.
Corequisite: 1-credit lab section required.
African Politics (3)
An inquiry into the political processes and governmental institutions of
countries of sub-Saharan Africa, with special emphasis on the dynamics
of political development and social and economic changes.
Cross-listed with Political Science: 50:790:335 African Politics.
Poor, Minorities, and Justice (3)
Examines the disproportionate representation of poor and racial
minorities in the United States criminal justice system. Includes
trends, policies, and issues concerning the effects of class and race on
Cross-listed with Criminal Justice: 50:202:337 Poor, Minorities, and Justice. Prerequisite: 50:202:201.
America in the 1960s (3)
Explores the 1960s from the perspective of the baby boomers who came of
age in the shadow of the bomb, who fought for social justice movements,
who fought in and against the war in Vietnam, who experienced hope and
rage, and who changed the culture, even as it changed them.
Cross-listed with American History: 50:512:338 America in the 1960. Prerequisite: 50:512:202.
The Civil Rights Movement (D) (3)
Intensive examination of the civil rights movement, including the legal
strategy of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored
People (NAACP) to challenge de jure segregation. Focuses on the period
Cross-listed with American History: 50:512:340 The Civil Rights Movement.
America since the 1970s (3)
The most recent transformations in American politics, society, and
culture seen in historical perspective.
Cross-listed with American History: 50:512:342 America since the 1970s.
Dance of the African Diaspora (C) (D) (3)
Exploration of how African dance forms and institutions were transported
to and transformed in the New World. Includes studio component in which
students learn and analyze the development of African-American dances.
Cross-listed with Anthropology: 50:070:344 Dance of the African Diaspora.
Black Writers in Social Context (3)
The works of black writers considered in social and historical
Cross-listed with American Literature: 50:352:350 Black Writers in Social Context.
Pan-African Theory (3)
Survey course addresses Pan-Africanist theory and thought from the
colonial era to modern times.
Politics of Minority Groups (3)
An analysis of the tactics, goals, and impact of organized minorities in
the American political arena; groups studied include women, blacks,
Chicanos, various ethnic groups, and selected third-party movements.
Cross-listed with Political Science: 50:790:364 Politics of Minority.
The African-American Political Tradition (D) (3)
A survey of the diversity within the African-American political tradition, including assimilation, cultural pluralism, nationalism, and separatism. Examination of writings of Delany, Crummell, Turner, Garvey, DuBois, and Malcolm X, among others.
Special Topics in Africana Studies (D) (3)
Exploration of a theme in Africana studies. More than one course under this number may be taken.
Special Topics in Africana Studies (D) (3)
Exploration of a theme in Africana studies, usually in the
spring semester. More than one course under this number may be taken.
The Capstone Project (D) (3)
An independent research and writing project supervised by a faculty adviser, on a topic of interest to the student but subject to the approval of the adviser, culminating in a research paper 25-30 pages in length. Ordinarily students will take this course in their senior year.
The Red and the Black: Africans and Indians in American Society (3)
Examines the evolving relationships of American Indians and Africans in
North America, beginning with the period of enslavement. Explores the
shifting identities that often characterize members of both communities.
Readings include Indian slave narratives, black Indian folktales,
letters, and scholarly publications.
Cross-listed with Sociology: 50:920:407 The Red and the Black: Africans and Indians in America.
African-American Culture (D) (3)
Evaluation of significant areas of African-American culture past and
present, e.g., the slave community and its legacy, the psychocultural
impact of racism, and varieties of contemporary popular culture.
Cross-listed with Sociology: 50:920:430 African-American Culture.
Sociology of W.E.B. DuBois (3)
Examines the sociology of one of the most prominent sociologists and
scholar activists in United States history. Students will explore the "three faces of DuBois," whose research and writings as a sociologist,
literary scholar, and historian linked European philosophy,
historiography, and social science to American sociology.
Cross-listed with Sociology: 50:920:435 Sociology of W.E.B. DuBois. Prerequisite: 50:920:207 or 50:014:130.
Major African-American Writers (D) (3)
An intensive study of the principal works of two or three major
Cross-listed with American Literature: 50:352:451 Major African-American Writers.