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African American and African Studies Minor

African-Amer & African Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Required credits in this minor: 15
The African American and African Studies (AA&AS) minor integrates the global study of African peoples by teaching students the tools of inquiry from the liberal arts disciplines. The minor is designed to be flexible and to meet the needs of students preparing for careers in both the public and private spheres.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Students may earn a BA or a minor in African American and African studies, but not both.
Minor Courses
Take at least 15 credits of AFRO 3xxx, 4xxx, or 5xxx.
Take 15 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AFRO 3006 - Impact of African Migrations in the Atlantic World (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3108 - Black Music: A History of Jazz (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3112 - In the Heart of the Beat: the Poetry of Rap (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3125W - Black Visions of Liberation: Ella, Martin, Malcolm, and the Radical Transformation of U.S. Democracy [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3301 - The Music of Black Americans [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3426 - African Americans, Social Policy, and the Welfare State (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3601W - African Literature [LITR, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3654 - African Cinema [AH, GP] (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3910 - Topics in African American and African Studies (1.0-3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3920 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
· AFRO 3993 - Directed Study (1.0-5.0 cr)
· AFRO 4105 - Ways of Knowing in Africa and the African Diaspora (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 4112 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 4910 {Inactive} (1.0-3.0 cr)
· AFRO 5101 - Seminar: Introduction to Africa and the African Diaspora (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 5191 - Seminar: The African American Experience in South Africa (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 5551 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 5910 - Topics in African American and African Studies (2.0-4.0 cr)
· AFRO 5993 - Directed Study (1.0-3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3001 {Inactive} [GP] (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3454 - West African History: Early Times to 1800 [GP] (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3002 - West African History: 1800 to Present [GP] (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3455 - West African History: 1800 to Present [GP] (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3103 - World History and Africa [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
or AFRO 5103 - World History and Africa (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3120 - Social and Intellectual Movements in the African Diaspora [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
or AFRO 5120 - Social and Intellectual Movements in the African Diaspora (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3456 - Social and Intellectual Movements in the African Diaspora [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3205 - History of South Africa from 1910 (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3435 - History of South Africa from 1910 (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3251W - Sociological Perspectives on Race, Class, and Gender [WI] (3.0 cr)
or AAS 3251W - Sociological Perspectives on Race, Class, and Gender [SOCS, DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
or SOC 3251W - Sociological Perspectives on Race, Class, and Gender [SOCS, DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3402 - Pleasure, Intimacy and Violence (3.0 cr)
or GWSS 3402 - Pleasure, Intimacy and Violence (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3431 - Early Africa and Its Global Connections [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3431 - Early Africa and Its Global Connections [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3432 - Modern Africa in a Changing World [HIS, GP] (3.0-4.0 cr)
or HIST 3432 - Modern Africa in a Changing World [HIS, GP] (3.0-4.0 cr)
· AFRO 3433 - Economic Development in Contemporary Africa [SOCS, GP] (3.0 cr)
or APEC 3061 - Economic Development in Contemporary Africa [GP, SOCS] (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3436 - Contemporary African Conflicts: From Somalia to South Africa (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3436 - Contemporary African Conflicts: From Somalia to South Africa (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3592W -  Introduction to Black Women Writers in the United States [LITR, DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
or ENGL 3592W - Introduction to Black Women Writers in the United States [LITR, DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3593 - The African American Novel (3.0 cr)
or AFRO 5593 - The African American Novel (3.0 cr)
or ENGL 3593 - The African American Novel (3.0 cr)
or ENGL 5593 - The African-American Novel (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3597W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture I [LITR, DSJ, WI] (4.0 cr)
or ENGL 3597W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture I [LITR, DSJ, WI] (4.0 cr)
· AFRO 3598W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture II [LITR, DSJ, WI] (4.0 cr)
or ENGL 3598W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture II [LITR, DSJ, WI] (4.0 cr)
· AFRO 3625W - Women Writers of Africa and the African Diaspora [LITR, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
or AFRO 5625 - Women Writers of Africa and the African Diaspora (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3627 - Seminar: Harlem Renaissance (3.0 cr)
or AFRO 5627 - Seminar: Harlem Renaissance (3.0 cr)
or ARTH 3627 - Seminar: Harlem Renaissance (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3655 - African-American Cinema [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or ARTH 3655 - African-American Cinema [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or ARTH 5655 - African-American Cinema [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3864 - African American History: 1619 to 1865 [HIS, CIV] (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3864 - African American History: 1619-1865 [HIS, CIV] (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3865 - African American History: 1865 to the Present (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3865 - African American History, 1865 to Present (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3866 - The Civil Rights and Black Power Movement, 1954-1984 (3.0 cr)
or AFRO 5866 - The Civil Rights and Black Power Movement, 1954-1984 (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3856 - The Civil Rights and Black Power Movement, 1954-1984 (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3868W - Race, War, and Race Wars in American History [WI] (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3868W - Race, War, and Race Wars in American History [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· AAS 4231 - Color of Public Policy: African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans & Chicanos in the U.S. (3.0 cr)
or AFRO 4231 - Color of Public Policy: African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans & Chicanos in the U.S. (3.0 cr)
or AMIN 4231 - Color of Public Policy: African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, & Chicanos in the U.S. (3.0 cr)
or CHIC 4231 - Color of Public Policy: African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans & Chicanos in the U.S. (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 4406 - Black Feminist Thought (3.0 cr)
or AFRO 5406 - Black Feminist Thought (3.0 cr)
or GWSS 4406 - Black Feminist Thought in the American and African Diasporas (3.0 cr)
or GWSS 5406 - Black Feminist Thought in the American and African Diasporas (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 5181W {Inactive} [WI] (3.0 cr)
or TH 5181W - Blacks in American Theatre [WI] (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 5182W {Inactive} [WI] (3.0 cr)
or TH 5182W - Contemporary Black Theatre: 1960-Present [WI] (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 5932 - The Production of Knowledge, Negotiating the Past, and the Writing of African Histories (3.0 cr)
or HIST 5932 - The Production of Knowledge, Negotiating the Past, and the Writing of African Histories (3.0 cr)
 
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AFRO 3006 - Impact of African Migrations in the Atlantic World
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
People of African descent through history. Archeology, geography, literature. Migrations/activities in the Atlantic world. African history in the New World. Transfer of African rice growing technology and other skills. Development of African American society in the United States.
AFRO 3108 - Black Music: A History of Jazz
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
The development of jazz in America and in the world, with special emphasis given to the roots or jazz in the African American experience.
AFRO 3112 - In the Heart of the Beat: the Poetry of Rap
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Contemporary African American poetry as expressed by popular culture contributors. Students analyze/evaluate poems used in rap, in context of African American literature, American culture, and aesthetics.
AFRO 3125W - Black Visions of Liberation: Ella, Martin, Malcolm, and the Radical Transformation of U.S. Democracy (CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Course on the critical thought of Black intellectual-activists and others enmeshed in the struggles for the radical transformation of U.S. democracy. Introduces the following three leaders and activists--Ella Baker, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X--whose work in the building of the Black freedom movement spanned the period from the 1930s to the late 1960s. Course proposition is that their life and times in the struggle for liberation offer important insights into the transformation of the U.S. political economy from the welfare/warfare state to the neoliberal state. These intellectual-activists, as well as others who translate their radical traditions through Black-Brown and Afro-Asian solidarity projects (e.g. Grace Lee Boggs of Detroit) have responded to racial formation in the U.S. and presented not just visions of liberation but concrete alternatives at the grassroots to usher in a more just, egalitarian, and ethical society.
AFRO 3301 - The Music of Black Americans (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Musical contributions of African American artists/innovators from 1619 to present. Apirituals, blues, ragtime, gospel, art music, jazz.
AFRO 3426 - African Americans, Social Policy, and the Welfare State
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Period between New Deal (1930s) and present. History/impact of federal policy (presidential, congressional, judicial) and race on African Americans. Politics of allocation of insurance versus relief in Social Security Act of 1935. Race and expansion of social benefits after World War II. School desegregation. Kennedy¿s civil rights policy, LBJ¿s War on Poverty. Affirmative Action. Warren court. Busing. Conservative retreat from welfare state under Ronald Reagan and George Bush.
AFRO 3601W - African Literature (LITR, GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
The globalized present has witnessed increased mobility as economic, political, and social unrest intensify, forcing mass migration of populations across scorching deserts, treacherous mountains and perilous seas. In the United States and in Western Europe specifically, the consequence of this mobility?immigration?remains the single most cross-cutting issue and the most vexed political challenge of the day. Defined as threatening and intrusive, frequently criminalized in discourse and in action, immigrants have become scapegoats for a wide range of problems that bedevil every aspect of life in every country. Blamed for everything from taking jobs from locals to rising crime and the spread of communicable diseases, immigrants have become victims of xenophobic violence and repositories for the routine fear-mongering prevalent in post-9/11 global terror and counter-terror climate. This course addresses the keys issues that arise in contemporary immigration and global security debates. Throughout the course of the semester, we will interrogate the literary and audio-visual arts as a mirror of the times, reflecting socio-political conditions. In a bid to place the current ?crisis? in a historical perspective, we will examine select works by African writers, filmmakers and artists, which provide examples that enable us to move beyond stereotypes and common assumptions.
AFRO 3654 - African Cinema (AH, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Summer
This course introduces you to films written and directed by African filmmakers beginning the 2nd part of the 20th Century. Through an exploration of the stylistic and thematic issues raised by each film, it is expected that students will gain a broad understanding of how African filmmakers portray African social and cultural life, including the artistic and political contexts within which they work. In this way, students will gain an historical perspective on the origins of African filmmaking, confront the basic social, cultural and aesthetic questions raised by African filmmakers and critics, and consider how questions raised by African filmmakers and their films fit into the larger context of world cinema. We will contrast postcolonial African films with Hollywood jungle epics, settler/adventure romances in safari paradise, and colonial movies about Africa. Moving beyond strict categories and standards we will also examine the role of documentary films in shaping our understanding of African people's lives and the social construction of reality. We will review the place of documentary film in the current media-scape and discuss its functions and limitations. Most films will be screened in original languages with English subtitles.
AFRO 3910 - Topics in African American and African Studies
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics specified in Class Schedule.
AFRO 3993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 10.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Guided individual research and study. Prereq-instr consent, dept consent, college consent.
AFRO 4105 - Ways of Knowing in Africa and the African Diaspora
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Impact of European knowledge systems on African world. How peoples on African continent and across African diaspora have produced/defined knowledge. Continuity/change in the way African peoples have thought about and left their epistemological imprints upon the world.
AFRO 5101 - Seminar: Introduction to Africa and the African Diaspora
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Comparative frameworks, related theories, and pivotal texts in study of Africa and African Diaspora.
AFRO 5191 - Seminar: The African American Experience in South Africa
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Afro 5191/Hist 5438
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Ideological, political, religious, and cultural ties that have informed African American and black South African relations from late 18th century to present.
AFRO 5910 - Topics in African American and African Studies
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics vary by instructor.
AFRO 5993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Guided individual reading/study for qualified seniors and graduate students. prereq: instr consent
HIST 3454 - West African History: Early Times to 1800 (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02055
Typically offered: Every Fall
West Africa from late early times to establishment/histories of states. Relations with North African, Mediterranean, Asian, American worlds. Non-centralized political authority.
AFRO 3002 - West African History: 1800 to Present (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02056 - Afro 3002/Hist 3455
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
West African history from late 18th century to present. Past/profound changes including new 19th century state formation, European colonialism, post-colonial issues.
HIST 3455 - West African History: 1800 to Present (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02056
Typically offered: Every Spring
West African history from late-18th century to present. Themes include study of continuities with past. Profound changes including new 19th century state formation, European colonialism, post-colonial issues.
AFRO 3103 - World History and Africa (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02054
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
This course is an interdisciplinary survey of the history of the African continent. It examines the social, cultural, economic and political transformations that shaped varied African communities from prehistory to the present. Focusing primarily on the intricate intersection of culture, society, economics, and politics, the course examines the concept of ?world history? and Africa?s location in the production of this history as theoretical and analytical lenses. It puts particular emphasis on the social, cultural and political developments that informed individual and collective experiences of various African peoples and societies, including the historical narratives and scholarly discourses associated with them.
AFRO 5103 - World History and Africa
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02054
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Contributions of African American thinkers to making of African history/strategies to rework theoretical/analytical foundations of world history. Writings/intellectual networks of major thinkers whose historical/ethnographic works on Africa spanning nineteenth to twentieth century. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
AFRO 3120 - Social and Intellectual Movements in the African Diaspora (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00788
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Political, cultural, historical linkages between Africans, African-Americans, African-Caribbean. Black socio-political movements/radical intellectual trends in late 19th/20th centuries. Colonialism/racism. Protest organizations, radical movements in United States/Europe.
AFRO 5120 - Social and Intellectual Movements in the African Diaspora
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00788 - Afro 3120/Afro 5120/Hist 3456
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Political, cultural, historical linkages between Africans, African-Americans, African-Caribbean. Black socio-political movements/radical intellectual trends in late 19th/20th centuries. Colonialism/racism. Protest organizations, radical movements in United States/Europe. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
HIST 3456 - Social and Intellectual Movements in the African Diaspora (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00788
Typically offered: Every Fall
Political, cultural, historical linkages between Africans, African-Americans, African-Caribbeans. Socio-political movements/radical intellectual trends in late 19th/20th centuries within African Diaspora. Resistance in Suriname, Guyana, Caribbean. Protest organizations, intellectual discourses, radical movements in United States/Europe.
AFRO 3205 - History of South Africa from 1910
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Afro 3205/Hist 3435
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
The history of South Africa from the Union to the present. Focus on such issues as African and Afrikaner nationalism, structures of apartheid, forced population removals, divestment and sanctions, and the post-apartheid era.
HIST 3435 - History of South Africa from 1910
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Afro 3205/Hist 3435
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
History of South Africa from union to present. Focuses on issues such as African/Afrikaner nationalism, structures of apartheid, forced population removals, divestment/sanctions, and post-apartheid era.
AFRO 3251W - Sociological Perspectives on Race, Class, and Gender (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00581 - AAS 3251W/Afro 3251W/Soc 3251W
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Analytical overview of three major forms of inequalities in the United Sates today: race, class, gender. Focus on these inequalities as relatively autonomous from one another and as deeply connected/intertwined with one another. Intersectionality key to critical understanding of these social forces. Social change possibilities.
AAS 3251W - Sociological Perspectives on Race, Class, and Gender (SOCS, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00581
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
In the midst of social unrest, it is important for us to understand social inequality. In this course we will analyze the impact of three major forms of inequality in the United States: race, class, and gender. Through taking an intersectional approach at these topics, we will examine the ways these social forces work institutionally, conceptually, and in terms of our everyday realities. We will focus on these inequalities as intertwined and deeply embedded in the history of the country. Along with race, class, and gender we will focus on other axes of inequality including sexuality, citizenship, and dis/ability. We will analyze the meanings and values attached to these social categories, and the ways in which these social constructions help rationalize, justify, and reproduce social inequality.
SOC 3251W - Sociological Perspectives on Race, Class, and Gender (SOCS, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00581
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
In the midst of social unrest, it is important for us to understand social inequality. In this course we will analyze the impact of three major forms of inequality in the United States: race, class, and gender. Through taking an intersectional approach at these topics, we will examine the ways these social forces work institutionally, conceptually, and in terms of our everyday realities. We will focus on these inequalities as intertwined and deeply embedded in the history of the country. Along with race, class, and gender we will focus on other axes of inequality including sexuality, citizenship, and dis/ability. We will analyze the meanings and values attached to these social categories, and the ways in which these social constructions help rationalize, justify, and reproduce social inequality. prereq: Soc majors/minors must register A-F
AFRO 3402 - Pleasure, Intimacy and Violence
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02383
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Gender/sexual violence to poststructural, anti-racist theories and debates about social construction of sexuality. How intimacy and violence are co-constituted within normative frameworks of U.S. governmentality. Writings by black feminist criminologists who have linked incarceration, welfare reform, and other forms of state regulation to deeply systemic forms of violence against people of color.
GWSS 3402 - Pleasure, Intimacy and Violence
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02383
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Gender/sexual violence to poststructural, anti­racist theories/debates about social construction of sexuality. How intimacy/violence are co­-constituted within normative frameworks of U.S. governmentality. Writings by black feminist criminologists who have linked incarceration, welfare reform, other forms of state regulation to deeply  systemic forms of violence against people of color.
AFRO 3431 - Early Africa and Its Global Connections (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00599 - Afro 3431/Hist 3431
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Survey of African history from earliest times to 1800. Focuses on socioeconomic, political, and cultural development in pre-colonial Africa from ancient Egypt through the era of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
HIST 3431 - Early Africa and Its Global Connections (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00599 - Afro 3431/Hist 3431
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Survey of African history from earliest times to 1800. Focuses on socioeconomic, political, and cultural development in pre-colonial Africa from ancient Egypt through the era of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
AFRO 3432 - Modern Africa in a Changing World (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Hist/Afro 3432
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Socioeconomic, political, and cultural development in Africa, from abolition of trans-Atlantic slave trade through postcolonial era.
HIST 3432 - Modern Africa in a Changing World (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Hist/Afro 3432
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Survey of modern African history from early 19th century to present. Focuses on socioeconomic, political, and cultural development in Africa, from abolition of trans-Atlantic slave trade through postcolonial era.
AFRO 3433 - Economic Development in Contemporary Africa (SOCS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01744 - Afro 3433/ApEc 3061
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Major socio-economic challenges that confront post-independence sub-Saharan African countries in quest for sustainable economic development/growth. Causes of persistent poverty/inequality, role of institutions/multinational agencies. Growth in 21st century. prereq: APEC 1101 or ECON 1101
APEC 3061 - Economic Development in Contemporary Africa (GP, SOCS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01744 - Afro 3433/ApEc 3061
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Major socio-economic challenges that confront post-independence sub-Saharan African countries in quest for sustainable economic development/growth. Causes of persistent poverty/inequality, role of institutions/multinational agencies. Growth in 21st century. prereq: 1101 or ECON 1101
AFRO 3436 - Contemporary African Conflicts: From Somalia to South Africa
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02153
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Historical contexts in which specific contemporary political conflicts developed. Slave trade, colonial conquest, indirect rule, forced labor, discretionary justice. Patterns of human rights violations/socio-political conflict. Cases studies might include Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda.
HIST 3436 - Contemporary African Conflicts: From Somalia to South Africa
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02153 - Afro 3436/Hist 3436
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Historical contexts in which specific contemporary political conflicts developed. Slave trade, colonial conquest, indirect rule, forced labor, discretionary justice, other historical issues. Patterns of human rights violations/ socio-political conflict. Cases studies might include Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda.
AFRO 3592W - Introduction to Black Women Writers in the United States (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01616
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The literature of African American women writers explored in novels, short stories, essays, poetry, autobiographies, and drama from the 18th to the late-20th century.
ENGL 3592W - Introduction to Black Women Writers in the United States (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01616
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The literature of African American women writers explored in novels, short stories, essays, poetry, autobiographies, and drama from the 18th to the late-20th century.
AFRO 3593 - The African American Novel
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00346 - Afro 3593/Afro 5593/EngL 3593/
Typically offered: Every Spring
Explore African American novelistic traditions. Plot patterns, character types, settings, symbols, themes, mythologies. Creative perspectives of authors themselves. Analytical frameworks from contemporary literary scholarship.
AFRO 5593 - The African American Novel
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00346 - Afro 3593/Afro 5593/EngL 3593/
Typically offered: Every Spring
Explore African American novelistic traditions. Plot patterns, character types, settings, symbols, themes, mythologies. Creative perspectives of authors themselves. Analytical frameworks from contemporary literary scholarship.
ENGL 3593 - The African American Novel
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00346 - Afro 3593/Afro 5593/EngL 3593/
Typically offered: Every Spring
Explore African American novelistic traditions. Plot patterns, character types, settings, symbols, themes, mythologies. Creative perspectives of authors themselves. Analytical frameworks from contemporary literary scholarship.
ENGL 5593 - The African-American Novel
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00346 - Afro 3593/Afro 5593/EngL 5593
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Contextual readings of 19th-/20th-century black novelists, including Chesnutt, Hurston, Wright, Baldwin, Petry, Morrison, and Reed.
AFRO 3597W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture I (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01909 - Afro 3597W/EngL 3597W
Typically offered: Every Fall
African American oral tradition, slave narrative, autobiography, poetry, essay, fiction, oratory, and drama, from colonial era through Harlem Renaissance.
ENGL 3597W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture I (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01909 - Afro 3597W/EngL 3597W
Typically offered: Every Fall
African American oral tradition, slave narrative, autobiography, poetry, essay, fiction, oratory, and drama, from colonial era through Harlem Renaissance.
AFRO 3598W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture II (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01910
Typically offered: Every Spring
African American oral tradition, autobiography, poetry, essay, fiction, oratory, drama. From after Harlem Renaissance to end of 20th century.
ENGL 3598W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture II (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01910
Typically offered: Every Spring
African American oral tradition, autobiography, poetry, essay, fiction, oratory, drama. From after Harlem Renaissance to end of 20th century.
AFRO 3625W - Women Writers of Africa and the African Diaspora (LITR, GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01815 - Afro 3625W/Afro 5625
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Works of black women writers from Europe, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. Novels, drama, films, and essays.
AFRO 5625 - Women Writers of Africa and the African Diaspora
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01815
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
In Coming to America, a 1988 film which blends humor and romance with some fairly pertinent observations, an African prince travels to Queens, NY, in search of a bride who will be both an equal and valued partner in life?s great adventure. In the thirty years since, the African immigrant story has become an intrinsic component of the booming canon of contemporary American immigrant literature, which includes such names as Edwidge Danticat, Jhumpa Lahiri, Junot Diaz, Chang-rae Lee, Gary Shteyngart, and others. This literary phenomenon mirrors trends identified in surveys and other similar data gathering activities. According to a 2009 study of the Migration Policy Institute, for instance, more than 75% of the foreign born African population in the United States has arrived since 1990. For these newcomers, Africa is not an imagined ancestral ?motherland? impressed in collective memory. Nor is it a faraway continent of parental origin whose negative media portrayal at times foments a problematic identification. Africa is a lived space, a home left behind, the anchor of childhood memories and?all too frequently?a horizon that perpetually beckons. As for America, it is the idealized land of freedom, prosperity, and opportunity that sometimes gives more than it promised, but oftentimes disenchants. This course situates gender squarely within the interlocking contexts of dynamic, complex and ever-changing African and American landscapes. Over the course of the semester, we will read short stories, novellas, personal narratives and essays, interspersed with visual excerpts from selected films and other representations of immigration, migration and border crossing in contemporary African and American cultural landscapes.
AFRO 3627 - Seminar: Harlem Renaissance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00703 - Afro 3627/Afro 5627/EngL 5597
Typically offered: Every Fall
Review Harlem Renaissance from variety of perspectives. Literary, historical, cultural, political, international. Explore complex patterns of permeation/interdependency between worlds inside/outside of what W.E.B. Du Bois called "Veil of Color."
AFRO 5627 - Seminar: Harlem Renaissance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00703
Typically offered: Every Fall
Review Harlem Renaissance from variety of perspectives. Literary, historical, cultural, political, international. Complex patterns of permeation/interdependency between worlds inside/outside of what W.E.B. Du Bois called "the Veil of Color." prereq: Grad student or instr consent
ARTH 3627 - Seminar: Harlem Renaissance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00703 - Afro 3627/Afro 5627/ArtH 3627/
Typically offered: Every Fall
Review Harlem Renaissance from variety of perspectives. Literary, historical, cultural, political, international. Explore complex patterns of permeation/interdependency between worlds inside/outside of what W.E.B. Du Bois called "Veil of Color."
AFRO 3655 - African-American Cinema (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00577 - Afro 3655/ArtH 3655/ArtH 5655
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
African American cinematic achievements from silent films of Oscar Micheaux through contemporary Hollywood and independent films. Class screenings, critical readings.
ARTH 3655 - African-American Cinema (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00577 - Afro 3655/ArtH 3655/ArtH 5655
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
African American cinematic achievements from silent films of Oscar Micheaux through contemporary Hollywood and independent films. Class screenings, critical readings.
ARTH 5655 - African-American Cinema (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00577 - Afro 4655/ArtH 3655/ArtH 5655
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
African American cinematic achievements, from silent films of Oscar Micheaux through contemporary Hollywood and independent films. Class screenings, critical readings.
AFRO 3864 - African American History: 1619 to 1865 (HIS, CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00202
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Importance of dynamics of class, gender, region, and political ideology. Changing nature of race/racism.
HIST 3864 - African American History: 1619-1865 (HIS, CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00202
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Importance of dynamics of class, gender, region, and political ideology. Changing nature of race/racism.
AFRO 3865 - African American History: 1865 to the Present
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Afro/Hist 3865
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
History of African American men and women from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Discussion of internal migrations, industrialization and unionization, The Great Depression, world wars, and large scale movements for social and political change.
HIST 3865 - African American History, 1865 to Present
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Afro/Hist 3865
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
History of African American men and women from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Discussion of internal migrations, industrialization and unionization, The Great Depression, world wars, and large scale movements for social and political change.
AFRO 3866 - The Civil Rights and Black Power Movement, 1954-1984
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Afro 3866/5866
Typically offered: Every Fall
Modern black civil rights struggle in the U.S., i.e., the second reconstruction. Failure of reconstruction, abdication of black civil rights in 19th century. Assault on white supremacy via courts, state, and grass roots southern movement in 1950s and 1960s. Black struggle in north and west. New emphasis on Black Power, by new organizations. Ascendancy of Ronald Reagan, conservative assault on the movement.
AFRO 5866 - The Civil Rights and Black Power Movement, 1954-1984
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Afro 3866/5866
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
The "second reconstruction." Failure of Reconstruction, abdication of black civil rights in 19th century. Post-1945 assault on white supremacy via courts/state, grass-roots southern movement in 1950s/1960s. Black struggle in north and west, emphasis on Black Power by new organizations/ideologies/leaders. Ascendancy of Reagan, conservative assault on movement.
HIST 3856 - The Civil Rights and Black Power Movement, 1954-1984
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00790
Typically offered: Every Fall
Modern black civil rights struggle in U.S. Second reconstruction. Failure of reconstruction, abdication of black civil rights in 19th century. Assault on white supremacy via courts, state, grassroots southern movement in 1950s/1960s. Black struggle in north/west.
AFRO 3868W - Race, War, and Race Wars in American History (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02061 - Afro 3868/Hist 3868
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Role that race has played in American war history. Impact that wars have had on race and race relations in the United States and the world. Literature and film.
HIST 3868W - Race, War, and Race Wars in American History (CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02061 - Afro 3868/Hist 3868
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Role that race has played in American war history. Impact that wars have had on race and race relations in the United States and the world. Literature, film.
AAS 4231 - Color of Public Policy: African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans & Chicanos in the U.S.
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01013
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Structural or institutional conditions through which people of color have been marginalized in public policy. Critical evaluation of social theory in addressing the problem of contemporary communities of color in the United States.
AFRO 4231 - Color of Public Policy: African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans & Chicanos in the U.S.
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01013 - Afro 4231/AmIn 4231/Chic 4231
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Examination of structural or institutional conditions through which people of color have been marginalized in public policy. Critical evaluation of social theory in addressing the problem of contemporary communities of color in the United States.
AMIN 4231 - Color of Public Policy: African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, & Chicanos in the U.S.
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01013 - Afro 4231/AmIn 4231/Chic 4231
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Structural or institutional conditions through which people of color have been marginalized in public policy. Critical evaluation of social theory in addressing the problem of contemporary communities of color in the United States.
CHIC 4231 - Color of Public Policy: African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans & Chicanos in the U.S.
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01013
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Examination of the structural or institutional conditions through which people of color have been marginalized in public policy. Critical evaluation of social theory in addressing the problem of contemporary communities of color in the United States.
AFRO 4406 - Black Feminist Thought
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02005
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Critically examine spatiality of African descendant women in Americas/larger black diaspora. Writings from black feminist/queer geographies, history, contemporary cultural criticism. Recent black feminist theorizing.
AFRO 5406 - Black Feminist Thought
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02005
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Critically examine spatiality of African descendant women in Americas/larger black diaspora. Writings from black feminist/queer geographies, history, contemporary cultural criticism. Recent black feminist theorizing.
GWSS 4406 - Black Feminist Thought in the American and African Diasporas
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02005
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Critically examine spatiality of African descendant women in Americas/larger black diaspora. Writings from black feminist/queer geographies, history, contemporary cultural criticism. Recent black feminist theorizing.
GWSS 5406 - Black Feminist Thought in the American and African Diasporas
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02005 - Afro 4406/Afro 5406/GWSS 4406/
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Critically examines spatiality of African descendant women in Americas/larger black diaspora. Writings from black feminist/queer geographies, history, contemporary cultural criticism. Recent black feminist theorizing.
TH 5181W - Blacks in American Theatre (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00962 - Afro 5181W/Th 5181W
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Historical survey of significant events in the development of American black theatre traditions. Essays, plays, playwrights, and theatres from early colonial references to the Black Arts Movement.
TH 5182W - Contemporary Black Theatre: 1960-Present (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00963 - Afro 5182/Th 5182
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Essays, plays, playwrights, theatres that have contributed to contemporary Black theatre from beginning of Black Arts Movement to present.
AFRO 5932 - The Production of Knowledge, Negotiating the Past, and the Writing of African Histories
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02043
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Recent scholarship on social history of Africa. Focuses on new literature on daily lives of ordinary people in their workplaces, communities, households. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
HIST 5932 - The Production of Knowledge, Negotiating the Past, and the Writing of African Histories
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02043 - Afro 5932/Hist 5932
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Recent scholarship on social history of Africa. Focuses on new literature on daily lives of ordinary people in their workplaces, communities, households.