History, culture and contemporary issues pertaining to people of African descent are the focus of Africana Studies. The core courses, offered in the departments of history, English, politics, philosophy, sociology and anthropology, and religious studies, deal variously with Africa, African Americans and the African Diaspora. Related courses are offered in psychology, music, modern foreign languages and literatures. Students may choose the established major or minor or select courses to complement their majors and minors in other disciplines and areas.
Africana Studies Courses – Fall 2013
AS-170 AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE AND SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Newsome, MW 2:00PM-3:15PM
Overall framework for the study of African Americans from slavery to the present. Aspects of the African American experience are examined from a multidisciplinary perspective.
AS-219 TRANSATLANTIC VOODOO
Falen, TTh 8:30AM-9:45AM
Traces Voodoo/Vodun religious traditions from West Africa to the Caribbean and North America, including the history of European contact and the slave trade, European views of African religions, and the cultural and symbolic meanings of Voodoo spirits and dancing.
AS-245 THE PHILOSOPHY OF RACE
Hackett, MW 2:00PM-3:15PM
What is race? An examination of the evolution of the concept of race in the United States (focusing particularly on science and law) and contemporary philosophical treatments of race as a social construction with moral and political implications. Topics include: ethnicity vs. race; the intersection of race with gender, class, sexuality, disability and nationality; white privilege; and a current policy issue, such as affirmative action.
AS-257 INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN HISTORY
TBA, MW 2:00PM-3:15PM
Survey of the main contours of African history from the Sudanic empires to postcolonial nations.
AS-324 TOPICS IN AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
TBA, TTh 2:00PM-3:13PM
Critical examination of a specific topic in the history of the African-American experience. Topics vary from year to year, and the course may be repeated for credit when the content changes. Meets the Humanistic Studies standard.
AS-325 THE NOVELS OF TONI MORRISON
Tolliver, MW 3:30PM-4:45PM
This course will survey the novels of Toni Morrison who is the first African American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. We will focus on her position within the American and African American literary canons as well as on the global implications of her writing. Her fiction will also be placed in its social, cultural, historical, and aesthetic contexts. Special attention will be paid to the themes of race and identity, history and memory, the individual and community, and the nature of motherhood. We will also pay attention to the production and reception of her work.
Prerequisite: 200-level literature course
Africana Studies Courses – Spring 2014
AS-255 AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
Cain, TTh 11:30AM-12:45PM
Developments in the history of black Americans from slavery times to the present. Main themes include enslavement and emancipation, cultural formations, gender experiences, migration, resistance and activism. Meets Humanistic Studies standard.
AS-310 THE “OTHER” AFRICAN AMERICANS
Jackson, MW 2:00PM-3:15PM
Seminar on diversity within black America, focusing on the experiences of Caribbean, African and Latin American immigrants. We consider the implications of reconceptualizing "the" black community as several overlapping communities made up of African-Americans, West Indians, diasporic Africans, and Afro-Latinos
Prerequisite: ANT-101, SOC-101, or AS-170
AS-313 SHAKESPEARE AND RACE
Artese, TTh 2:00PM-3:15PM
Just as the Dark Lady haunts Shakespeare’s sonnets, so issues of race, gender and sexuality permeate plays such as Othello, Titus Andronicus, Antony and Cleopatra, The Merchant of Venice, and The Tempest. How did the early modern period perceive the Moor, the Jew, and the Native American, and how did it perceive the nature of cultural and physical difference? We will examine these and other questions in this course, including how the plays have been adapted, rewritten, and analyzed in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Prerequisite: 200-level literature course
AS-340 HISTORY, LITERATURE AND CULTURE OF AFRO-GERMANS
Graml, MW 3:30PM-4:45PM
This course focuses on the history, literature and culture of people of African descent living in German-speaking countries and on discourses of German identity.
Prerequisite: GGER-202 or permission of the program director
AS-359 TOPICS IN AFRICAN AND AFRICAN DIASPORA HISTORY
TBA, MW 11:30AM-12:45PM
Critical examination of a specific topic in African history or the history of the African Diaspora. Topics vary from year to year, and the course may be repeated for credit when the content changes. Meets the Humanistic Studies standard.
AS-370 AFRICAN AMERICAN IMAGES IN POPULAR CULTURE
Newsome, TTh 10:00AM-11:15AM
Emphasis given to the influence of race on U.S. culture and the interplay of race and culture with politics.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101