Introduction to Africana Studies (3)
Interdisciplinary survey of the social, economic, political, and historical aspects of the black experience in America and abroad.
African-American Folklore (3)
Introductory course on the forms and applications of African-American folklore.
African-American Literature (3)
Contemporary African-American expressive literatures--poetry, critical essays, novels, films, folklores, plays--analyzed for cosmology, style, structure, and content.
Black Experience and Film Medium (3)
Critical evaluation of images of blacks in films. Screening of films.
Introduction to American Cultures (1.5)
Develops an understanding of the historical, social, and political factors that distinguish the diverse cultures of present-day America.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:512:140.
African Belief Systems and the Latino Community (3)
Historical examination of ancestor worship, Santeria (Cuba), Vodun (Santa Domingo), Espiritismo (Puerto Rico), and other African-based belief systems. Formation from African to slave societies and use in contemporary period.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:595:201.
The Black Experience in America (3,3)
Interdisciplinary examination of African Americans within the context of American political economy, special conditions of oppression, responses to exploitation, and resultant social changes.
Credit not given for both 01:014:203 and 01:050:246.
Islamic Civilization (3)
Survey of Islamic societies from seventh-century Arabia to modern times. Religious, political, military, social, economic, and cultural institutions and organizational patterns.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:508:201.
The Black Woman (3)
Role of black women in survival and evolution of the black race as presented in fictional and nonfictional literature.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:988:206.
The Sociology of Black Economic Development (3)
Socioeconomic, spatial, and political development of alternatives to minority or black capitalism within the local, regional, and national development strategies of the United States.
Politics and Power in Modern Africa (3)
Social and political changes in 20th-century Africa, with an emphasis on South Africa since 1950.
Blacks in History (3)
Roles played by Africans and people of African descent in world history. An African-centric approach to historical inquiry.
Contemporary Issues (3)
Key controversial issues important to understanding the contemporary black experience. Primary focus on three basic dimensions: double-consciousness, decolonization and neocolonialism, and cultural control. Systematic conceptual analysis.
The Black Elite (3)
Emergence of a black elite; social relationships with the white community and the black masses.
Independent Study (1-4,1-4)
Prerequisites: 01:014:103, a minimum of 9 credits in department or approved equivalent, and good academic standing. Faculty proctor required. Registration by permission only.
Psychology of the Black Experience (3)
Evaluation of psychological principles, theories, and assessment techniques in relation to the personality and behavioral development of African Americans.
Introduction to the Methodology of Africana Studies (3)
Introduction to Africana studies through lectures, multidisciplinary approaches to the study of Africana materials, original research projects, and introduction to major archival resources.
Third-World Creative Writing (3)
Third-world contemporary prose classics as models of creative expression and as a basis for creative writing exercises, geared to meet individual aptitudes, needs, and interests.
African Diaspora Cultural History (3)
Introductory survey of the African
roots of American and world cultures, focusing on their history and processes
of culture change. Survey of African-based arts and cultural expressions in the
History of Black Education in the United States (3)
Principles and policies underlying the educational process among blacks; social and political impact.
Intellectual Thought in the African Diaspora (3)
Basic social and political ideas in the history of black ideology.
Black Religion (3)
Social, philosophical, historical, and sociopsychological understanding
of black America's oldest and largest institution. Influence in
economic, political, social, and spiritual life of the black community.
Black Civilizations (3)
Introduction to ancient and medieval black African civilizations with emphasis on the political and religious thought and technological achievement of African empires.
Black Social and Political Development (3)
Survey of the recent trends regarding health, unemployment, poverty, economics, electoral politics, and international relations.
African-American Narrative Analysis (3)
Collection and analysis of African-American narrative material. Evaluation based on various analytical structures and approaches.
Topics in Africana Studies (3,3)
Analysis of special topics in Africana studies from an interdisciplinary perspective. Course focuses on issues affecting people of African descent in continental Africa, the United States, and throughout the global African diaspora.
May be repeated for credit when topic differs.
Seminar in Black Diasporic Media (3)
Examines a range of visual media by black cultural producers. Offers a diasporic framework as an opportunity to trace how technologies, genres, styles, and issues circulate through various historical moments, media, conceptualizations of blackness, and locations.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:050:311.
Various forms of African-American music: spiritual, gospel, blues, folk, and jazz. African and Western influences: role, development patterns, and function in sociocultural context.
The Black Woman in Political Context (3)
Takes political-historical approach from precolonial traditional
African women to contemporary black feminism and liberation; emphasis
on the black woman's distinct consciousness, family relationships,
organizations, institutions, political activities, and revolutionary
Caribbean Society in Literature (3)
Introduction to the political, social, and historical life of the Caribbean (Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, Guyana, and St. Lucia) through the novels, poems, and essays of its writers.
Black Profiles (3)
Portrayal of the movements and events of Africa and dispersion through studies of black leaders--their lives, works, and writings.
Bigotry, Prejudice, and Racism: Psychological Foundations (3)
Basic conscious and unconscious psychological factors in racist behavior and attitudes. Evaluation of explanatory theories and empirical data as presented by contemporary psychiatrists and psychologists.
African Presence in American Cultures (3)
Examination of African influence on black life and culture in the New World--on language, art, music, and cuisine.
Seminar in the Philosophy of Africana Studies (3)
Disciplinary problems involved in constructing a paradigm for the philosophy of the discipline.
Contemporary Issues in Southern Africa (3)
Examines contemporary events in Southern Africa with particular focus on the transition in South Africa from apartheid to democracy.
Third-World Writing and Criticism (3)
Essays in literary criticism with third-world prose classics as a basis for critiques. Study of the short story and exercises in short-story writing.
Supervised Community Placement (3,3)
Supervised study and experience in a black community of the United States, the Caribbean, South America, or Africa.
Health Issues in the African-American Community (3)
Health problems affecting black communities and their relevance to understanding black political, social, and psychological attitudes.
Topics in American Politics (3)
Special topics in American politics that vary with the instructor.
Prerequisite: Special permission. Credit not given for both this course and 01:790:349.
African-American Linguistics (3)
Historical and varying manifestations of black English in the Western hemisphere.
Black Community Law and Social Change (3)
Origins of racism in the judicial process and its effects on the black community since slavery.
Blacks and Economic Structures (3)
Scope and organization of economic activity in the black
community; investments, ownership of capital, exploitation of the
consumer and wage earner.
Muslims and Islamic Institutions in America (3)
Explores the bonds of the Muslim community, the meaning of Muslim-American identity, how immigrant groups are assimilating into American society, and how institutional frameworks are adopted for national integration.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:685:355.
Islam in the Global Black Experience (3)
Examination of the sociopolitical dimensions of Islam in Africa and the African diaspora, and the interactions between Islam and such ideologies as nationalism and race consciousness in black communities internationally.
Race, Culture, and Politics: Blacks and Jews in America (3)
How Black and Jewish identities have
evolved in relationship to one another through an examination of social and
political history, literature, and film.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:050:339 or 01:512:359 or 01:563:359.
Writers of Africa and the New World (3)
Comparison of black writers of Africa, the United States, and the Caribbean, with focus on areas of commonality and divergence.
Black Identity, Religion, and Politics (3)
Analysis of social, psychological, and institutional forces shaping group and individual identity of blacks.
Race, Class, Gender, and Schooling (3)
Examines racial and gender differences in adolescents' school
performance. Structural, historical, and cultural foci. Ethnographic
and autobiographical cases of black students and other students of
Pre- or corequisite: 01:070:101 or permission of instructor. Credit not given for both this course and 01:070:363 or 01:988:363.
Black Migration and Urbanization (3)
Black migration to industrial-urban centers; problems of urbanization. Present interrelationships among racial demography, ecology, social psychology, and the planning process within cities.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:050:371.
The History of Race and Sex in America (3)
Examines how race and gender have independently and jointly determined life chances throughout American history.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:512:366.
African Labor History (3)
Precolonial and colonial labor mobilization, control, and resistance; working class formation; the labor process and worker consciousness.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:508:420.
Black Theology (3)
Exploration into theological concepts, terms, and expressions as they relate to the African and the African American.
Pre- or corequisite: 01:014:269.
The Afro-Atlantic Diaspora (3)
Introduction to history of African diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean. Traces origins and development of the Atlantic slave trade and the creation of new African-based cultures in the Americas.
The New Scramble for Africa (3)
Analysis of the historical, political, demographic, economic, and sociocultural problems of African underdevelopment within world spatial structure and the contemporary scene.
Pan-African Movement (3)
Pan-Africanism and its development among the black elite on both sides of the Atlantic from the early 19th century to the present.
Blacks in Science: Ancient and Modern (3)
Lost sciences of inner Africa; African contributions to early dynastic Egyptian science and, with Arabs, to medieval Moorish science; African-American science and invention.
Pre- or corequisite: 01:014:274 or 321.
Politics of Black America (3)
Political perspectives and
strategies of black Americans and the responsiveness of the American political
system to the interests and demands of the black community.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:790:334.
Politics of Minority Coalitions (3)
Exploration of the politics
surrounding the efforts to build viable coalitions among various minority
groups within the United States.
Everyday Forms of Resistance (3)
How ordinary citizens forge ways to address the political system when,
for various reasons, "normal" channels are unavailable. Activities include social movements and everyday forms of resistance.
The Black Community and Social Issues (3)
Examines a variety of social issues that impact the life
chances of African Americans in the United States.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:050:370.
Seminar on Contemporary Race Relations (3)
Theoretical analysis of the structure of race relations, and evaluation of its relevance to research in today's world.
Afro-Brazilian History (3)
Overview of history of largest African diaspora community in world. Encourages critical analysis of major issues in African-Atlantic diaspora studies. Principal scholarship supplemented with selected readings in literature, oral history, Afro-Brazilian movement documents, and iconography.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:508:468 or 01:590:410.
Colonialism and Neocolonialism (3)
Political and economic aspects of colonialism. Colonized mind and behavior as portrayed by such authors as Mannoni, Balandier, Memmi, and Fanon. Neocolonialism as a technique of control.
Major African-American Writers (3)
Study of one to three major African-American writers, such as Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, and Imamu Baraka; social implications of their creative work.
Black Thought: A Philosophical Inquiry (3)
Investigation into a notion of a black philosophy as various philosophical terminologies are explored.
Health Literacy: Segregation and Health (3)
The connection between black-white health disparities and black-white
Credit not given for both this course and 11:374:436.
Advanced Methodologies in Africana Studies Research (3)
Techniques of research. Historical and contemporary research models used. Methodologies and theories of research.
African Political Economy (3)
Examination of the explanation for the contradictions between Africa's
wealth and apparent poverty. Analysis of various national development
paths, such as capitalism, African socialism, Ujamaa, and communism.
The Black Family (3)
Consideration of the black family in historical and contemporary contexts: nuclear versus extended families; two-parent and female-headed households; rural and urban environmental effects.
Prerequisite: Junior, senior, or graduate standing. Recommended: Previous seminar coursework.
Seminar in Africana Studies (3)
Independent research under faculty guidance, or classroom orientation focusing on a major topic exploring the black experience.
Independent Study (1-4,1-4)
Prerequisites: 01:014:233, a minimum of 18 credits in department or approved equivalent, and good academic standing. Faculty proctor required. Registration by permission only.
African Diaspora Field Study (3)
Social and cultural study of selected communities of the African diaspora including African heritage, historical development, and analysis of contemporary issues.
Prerequisite: Appropriate foreign language competency for non-English speaking locations.
Africana Studies Scholars Project (6,6)
To graduate with highest honors, students must participate in this departmental honors project or, with approval, substitute the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) Honors Program.
Both semesters must be completed to receive credit.