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)

 

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.

Prerequisite: None

 

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.

Prerequisite: None

 

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.

Prerequisite: None

 

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.

Prerequisite: None

 

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.

Prerequisite: None

 

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.

Prerequisite: None

 

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.

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