Courses

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 Course Catalog (PDF)

Please consult the main catalog page for a supplement with course changes approved by the faculty after the publication of the 2014-15 Catalog. 

 

Africana Studies Courses – Fall 2014 

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.

Prerequisite: None

 

AS-252 AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN'S HISTORY

McDaniel, MWF 9:30AM-10:20AM

An examination of African American women's experiences from slavery to the present, considering the changing historical conditions under which black women challenged racism and sexism and fought for self-determination and autonomy.

Prerequisite: None

 

AS-320 THE HISTORY OF SLAVERY IN THE U.S.

Cain, T-TH 11-12:45

An examination of the institution of slavery in American history and memory. Themes include: definitions of freedom; the Atlantic slave trade; slaveholding ideologies; slave communities and culture; abolition; and the impact of slavery on free people throughout the nation.

Prerequisite: None

 

AS-325 AFRICAN AMERICAN FICTION AND FILM

Tolliver, MW 11:30-12:45

The African American novel has proven to be a vibrant and resilient form, giving expression to the experiences and concerns of black people for more than 150 years. Through the representational potentialities provided by fiction, black writers have given witness and testimony to a people’s quest for freedom, identity, justice, and equality. A primary category of analysis will be gender, as the reading list will consist of paired texts by female and male writers. A special film component will be available for film studies credit

Prerequisite: 200-level literature course

AS-380 CULTURE/ETHNOGRAPHY OF AFRICA

Falen, MW 3:30-4:45 PM 

This course offers an examination and appreciation of African cultures in the present context, and in historical perspective. Course topics include kinship, gender, politics, religion, economics, and colonialism. Students read several ethnographies for an in-depth understanding of specific cultures.

Prerequisites: Sociology 101, Anthropology 101, History 250, History 251 or Religous Studies 140

 

Africana Studies Courses – Spring 2015

AS-216 TOPICS IN BLACK WRITING

Tolliver, MW 3:30-4:45

 Exploration of the varieties of American and international black writing across literary periods (for example, Black Women Writers or The Literature of the African Diaspora)

AS-257 INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN HISTORY

McDaniel, TTh 8:30-9:45 AM

Survey of the main contours of African history from the Sudanic empires to postcolonial nations.

Prerequisite: None

 

AS-299 MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART

Hellman, TTH 5:10-6:35 PM

AS-333 RACE AND PLACE IN THE NEW SOUTH

Jackson, MW 11:30AM-12:45PM

Prerequisite: ANT-101, SOC-101 or AS-170

 

AS-350 THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

McDaniel, TTH 10:00AM-11:15AM

 Prerequisite: None

AS-356 COMPARATIVE BLACK FEMINISMS

Newsome, TTH 2:00-3:15PM

Prerequisite: None

 

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