INTRODUCTION TO AFRICANA STUDIES
Critical and systematic study of the historical and contemporary thought and experiences of continental and diasporic African peoples. Overview of the social, political, and economic forces that shaped and continue to affect continental and diasporic African experiences. The agency, creativity, perspectives, and experiences of African peoples. Contemporary issues affecting Africans and African Americans.
HISTORY OF MODERN AFRICA
Partition of Africa by European nations. Impact of colonial regimes. African resistance movements. Drive toward independence. Problems of economic and social change. Cultural and intellectual currents in modern Africa.
THE HISTORY OF BLACK EDUCATION IN AMERICA
The role of blacks in the American educational system. Changes that have taken place to improve or retard education for blacks. Approaches for providing meaningful education for blacks now and in the future.
THE DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN EDUCATION IN AFRICA
Educational changes in Africa from the colonial era to the present and their effects on social and political issues in Africa and abroad.
ETHNIC STUDIES IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Ethnic diversity in American life and education. Cultural minorities (e.g., Native Americans, blacks, Spanish-speaking groups, Jews). White ethnic groups and mainstream American life and education.
SURVEY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN DANCE
Technique, practice, readings, and projects in dance and black culture; current practices of black dance in relation to Euro-American techniques.
HISTORY OF THE BLACK DANCE MOVEMENT
The development of African American dance and the contributions of African American dancers; emphasis on how traditional African dance forms evolved into and influenced the contemporary dance vernacular.
AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE TO 1940
3, 3/0; DIIF, HUIF
African American slave narratives, poetry, fiction, essays, and drama from the eighteenth century to 1940. The influence of spirituals, gospel, the blues, jazz, sermons, and folktales on African American writing; the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s; and the development of African American revolutionary thought.
AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE SINCE 1940
3, 3/0; HUIF
Realism, naturalism, modernism, and postmodernism in African American Literature; black revolutionary thought and artistry in the 1960s and 1970s; neo-slave narratives; African American poetry, fiction, essays, and drama from 1940 to the present; influence of spirituals, gospel, the blues, jazz, sermons, and folktales
on contemporary African American writing.
AAS 304/MUS 305
Prerequisite: MUS 206.
History and development of modern jazz from 1941 to the present.
PEOPLES OF AFRICA
Cross-cultural comparisons of indigenous and modern African nations. Emphasis is placed upon regional, linguistic, social, political, religious, economic, and aesthetic characteristics, as well as historical and recent population migrations on the African continent and the surrounding islands.
THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY
3, 3/0; DIIF
Prerequisite: SOC 100.
The relationship of American social institutions and the African American family; familial relations within the African American family. Useful for students who will interact with a diverse population in their careers (e.g., education and service occupations).
AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
African international politics vis-à-vis international relations theory, models, and concepts; power; multipolarity; bipolarity pan-Africanism; North-South debate; approaches to international politics; and state and international organizations as international actors.
AFRICAN AMERICANS AND CIVIL RIGHTS
History of the landmark court decisions, laws, and governmental policies regarding the civil rights of African Americans. Examines some of the historic relationships among race, racism, law, and public policy in America. Focuses on resistance, protest, and the quest for equality in America.
SOCIOLOGY OF RACE AND ETHNICITY
3, 3/0; DIIF
The study of race and ethnic groups in American and other societies; focuses on forms, causes, and effects of prejudice and ethnic conflicts, and the changing relationships of these groups to the larger society. Possible solutions to social problems involving issues of race and ethnicity are also explored.
The family, kinship, and marriage among the peoples of Africa. Emphasis on the interrelationships of kinship with other aspects of culture.
BLACK DRAMA IN AMERICA
Thematic and technical development of black American drama.
RACE, ETHNICITY, AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
The current state of race relations in society and the criminal justice system. Examination of the historical experiences of different racial and ethnic groups in the United States, including the use of law and the criminal justice system as a means of social subordination, affecting the criminality of minority groups and informal aspects of criminal justice, such as power, discretion, and authority.
BLACK PROTEST AND LEADERSHIP IN THE U.S. IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
The black protest movements and leaders in twentieth-century America.
ADVANCED SEMINAR IN AFRICANA STUDIES
Prerequisites:12 credits of AAS, senior standing.
Detailed exploration of contemporary issues affecting African and African American peoples. Capstone course that seeks to integrate the knowledge acquired in the interdisciplinary study of African and African American peoples. Emphasis on analysis of issues, evaluation of solutions, and creative problem solving.
Prerequisite: Faculty adviser permission must be secured prior to registration.