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.

Course Listing

AS-140 RELIGIONS OF AFRICA (4)
Basic elements of African religious beliefs and practices. It aims to treat in a coherent, though summary way, the principal themes and topics of African religious teaching and to examine how the various themes and topics cohere with one another and influence African life. The course will survey African traditional religions, along with the impact of Islam and Christianity in Africa.
(Cross-listed with REL-217)

AS-145 PHILOSOPHY OF RACE (4)
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.
(Cross-listed with PHI-145)

AS-170 AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURE AND SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS (4)
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-204 AFRICAN ART (4)
This course serves as an introduction to the art and architecture of Africa.
(Cross-listed with ART-204)

AS-216 TOPICS IN BLACK WRITING (4)
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). Offered alternate years
(Cross-listed with WS-216 when topic applies and ENG-216)

AS-219 TRANSATLANTIC VOODOO (4)
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.
Offered alternate years
(Cross-listed with ANT-219 and REL-219)

AS-230 RACE, CLASS AND GENDER (4)
Survey of the history, basic theories and recent research integrating these key concepts for modern society. Systematic examination of the effects of these variables on different groups in society.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101
(Cross-listed with WS-231 when topic applies and SOC-230)

AS-240 GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES IN CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY (4)
Explore key applied, research, and theoretical models of effective intra- and intergroup cultural contact with a global focus.
Prerequisite: PSY-101 or PSY-102
(Cross-listed with PSY-240 and WS-240)

AS-252 AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN’S HISTORY (4)
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.
(Cross-listed with HIS-252 and WS-252)

AS-255 AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY (4)
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.
(Cross-listed with HIS-255)

AS-257 KINGDOMS, COLONIES AND NATIONS:AN INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN HISTORY (4)
Survey of the main contours of African history from the Sudanic empires to postcolonial nations.
(Cross-listed with HIS-257)

AS-270 AFRO-CARIBBEAN MIGRATIONS (4)
This course is a case study of the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora. It traces the history of the migration of people of African descent within the Caribbean and throughout the Americas where they established complex Afro-Caribbean communities with strong ties to the homeland.
(Cross-listed with HIS-270)

AS-310 THE “OTHER” AFRICAN AMERICANS (4)
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.
(Cross-listed with SOC-310)

AS-313 SHAKESPEARE AND RACE (4)
Thematic, generic or period studies (for example, The Elizabethan Plays, The Tragedies or Shakespeare and Race).
(Cross-listed with ENG-234)

AS-320 HISTORY OF SLAVERY IN U.S. (4)
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.
(Cross-listed with HIS-320)

AS-324 TOPICS IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY (4)
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.
(Cross-listed with HIS-324)

AS-325 STUDIES IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE (4)
Thematic, generic or period studies (for example, African American Fiction and Film or Toni Morrison).
(Cross-listed with WS-325 when topic applies and ENG-325)

AS-333 RACE AND PLACE IN THE NEW SOUTH (4)
This course is designed for majors. By focusing on questions of race and place, we will examine the "New South" using an approach that is sensitive to issues of representation, local histories, and racial mythologies. As a class, our goal will be to develop a critical understanding of the region and its redevelopment in the post-Civil Rights Movement era. Our work will include, but is not limited to, issues of segregation, gentrification, "Latinization," and community organizing. Atlanta, the so-called capital of "New South," will be a particular focus. The central assignment for this class is an independent "place study" of a metro Atlanta neighborhood. Some field trips and film screenings will take place outside of class time.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101 or AS-170
(Cross-listed with SOC-333)

AS-335 BLACK PROTEST THOUGHT IN AMERICA: FROM SLAVERY TO THE PRESENT (4)
Political, social and ideological currents which influenced and shaped the black struggle for freedom, citizenship and equality.
(Cross-listed with HIS-335 and REL-340)

AS-340 AFRO-GERMAN HISTORY, LITERATURE, AND CULTURE (4)
This English-language course focuses on the history, literature and culture of people of African descent who either have lived or live in German-speaking countries and/or have contributed to the culture of these countries. By drawing on literary texts, historiographical works, films, music, and theater, the course offers students a new understanding of German history and culture based on recent interdisciplinary research in German studies. Moreover, when offered in an online format, the course will enable students to become familiar with the unique research and presentation methods offered by the internet.
Prerequisite: GER-202 or permission of the program director
(Cross-listed with GER-340)

AS-350 THE AFRICAN DIASPORA (4)
History of the dispersal of Africans from the continent to various regions of the world; the catalysts of dispersal; the distribution of Africans, especially in the Americas; and the communities which evolved out of the Diaspora.
(Cross-listed with HIS-350)

AS-352 STUDIES IN POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURE (4)
Study of literature written in nations that were formerly European colonies (for example, the literature of South Asia, South-East Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand and Canada).
(Cross-listed with ENG-352)

AS-355 TOPICS IN FRANCOPHONE LITERATURE AND CULTURE (4)
Francophone literary and other texts will be analyzed with particular emphasis on colonization, decolonization, neocolonialism and nationalism, slavery, marginalization, identity and otherness, language and orality. Specific regions of Francophone production may include Canada, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and Asia. This course may be repeated when specific content varies.
Prerequisite: AS-230, one 200-level literature course
(Cross-listed with FRE-355)

AS-356 COMPARATIVE BLACK FEMINISMS (4)
Interdisciplinary analysis and critique of the history of ideas that make up African and African Diasporic feminist thought and practice.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101
(Cross-listed with SOC-356 and WS-356)

AS-359 TOPICS IN AFRICAN AND AFRICAN DIASPORA HISTORY (4)
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.
(Cross-listed with HIS-359)

AS-370 AFRICAN AMERICAN IMAGES IN POPULAR CULTURE (4)
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
(Cross-listed with SOC-370, WS-395)

AS-380 CULTURE AND ETHNOGRAPHY OF AFRICA (4)
This course offers an examination and appreciation of African cultures in the present 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.
Prerequisite: ANT-101, AS/REL/ANT-219, SOC-101, AS-170, AS/HIS-257, or AS-140/REL-217

AS-410 DIRECTED READING (1-4)
Directed reading courses are open to qualified juniors and seniors to pursue reading outside a program's listed courses. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section of the catalog for more information.

AS-440 DIRECTED RESEARCH (1-4)
Directed research courses are open to junior and senior majors to work with a faculty member on a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section of the catalog for more information.

AS-450 INTERNSHIP (1-4)
Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section of the catalog for more information.

AS-490 SENIOR THESIS (4)
A senior thesis gives superior students the opportunity to write a thesis about a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section of the catalog for more information.

ENG-317 STUDIES IN RESTORATION AND 18TH-CENTURY LITERATURE (4)
Thematic, generic or period studies (for example: The Colonial Imagination or Forms of Fiction).
Counts toward pre-1800 requirement
(Cross-listed with WS-317)

ENG-317: THE COLONIAL IMAGINATION (4)
A study of how fiction, drama, letters, poetry, and nonfiction of the late seventeenth- and eighteenth-centuries represent English encounters with other peoples and cultures. We will explore how these representations are themselves part of the colonial project, reinforcing English domination and exploitation; how factors such as gender and class complicate our understanding of colonial situations, and how colonized peoples co-opt and subvert elements of English culture in their own literatures. Authors include Behn, Defoe, Swift, Equiano.

FRE-243 FRANCOPHONE IDENTITIES (4)
An introduction to selected texts representing the diversities of Francophone identities will afford students the opportunity of refine their reading, writing, and speaking skills while learning the richness, variety and complexity of the Francophone world.
Prerequisite: FRE-230

SOC-301 COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS (4)
Examination of organized efforts at social change through discussion of traditional and contemporary perspective relative to collective action and American social movements such as, but not limited to, civil rights and feminist movements.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101

SOC-325 URBAN LIVES (4)
An exploration of social change, particularly the ways societal processes and social structures influence human behavior in urban settings. Issues such as deindustrialization, urban poverty, environmental pollution and gentrification will be discussed.
Prerequisite: SOC-101 or ANT-101

SPA-365 BLACK LITERATURE IN CUBA AND IN PUERTO RICO (4)
This course provides an examination of the Caribbean literary movement of “negrismo.” Literary texts and interdisciplinary readings examine the impact of ethnicity on Cuban and Puerto Rican national identities. More contemporary media illustrate the present role of Afro-Caribbean religious traditions, such as Santería.
Prerequisite: SPA-323

SPA-380/480 TOPICS IN HISPANIC THEMES (4)
A detailed critical analysis of a specific topic, genre or period in Spanish or Latin American literatures and other media. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
Prerequisite: SPA-323
(Cross-listed with Women’s Studies when topic applies)