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African/African American Studies (AFAM)

Director: Associate Professor Kofi Owusu

Committee Members: Deborah Appleman, Elizabeth Ciner, Mary Easter, Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg, Richard A. Keiser, Cherif Keïta, Stephen K. Kelly, Jamie Monson, Robert B. Packer, Harry M. Williams

The program in African/African American Studies provides a cross-cultural and comparative framework for systematically studying the traditions and experiences of Africans in the New and Old Worlds. Students in this program are encouraged to develop their analytic, research and literary skills through a critical study of patterns of western and African Civilizations in their interwoven complexity. The program provides a forum for addressing topics such as cultural and artistic creativity, construction of self, marginality, responses to exclusion, and the conjunction of issues related to gender, class, race and ethnicity.

The African/African American Studies Committee is composed of student, faculty, and administration members. It acts as a focal point for the encouragement of African/African American Studies at Carleton by actively urging departments and faculty members to offer courses in this field, by preparing each year a list of available courses and faculty resources, and by supporting the hiring of specialists in the field by various departments.

Numerous courses taught at Carleton have a bearing on African/African American Studies, in addition to those offered by the program itself. Students majoring in African/African American Studies have been able to create programs, on an individual basis, out of the available Carleton offerings, independent study, and, in some cases, off-campus study. Students interested in majoring in the field should consult the Director of African/African American Studies before the end of their sophomore year.

Requirements for a Major:

I. Admission to the program will depend upon the acceptance, by the African/African American Studies Committee, of a written proposal outlining the student's program of study.

II. Survey Courses (18 credits). Students must take three of the following courses:

DANC 114 Black Dance: An Historical Survey

ENGL 117 African American Literature

MUSC 245 Music of Africa (Not offered in 2001-2002.)

HIST 180 An Historical Survey of East Africa and the Horn or

HIST 181 West African Societies in Historical Perspective (Not offered in 2001-2002.)

HIST 220 African American History I (Not offered in 2001-2002.) or

HIST 221 African American History II

III. Interdisciplinary Courses (At least 6 credits). Each student must complete at least one 200-level team-taught, interdisciplinary course which, in part, specifically discusses African/African American Studies as a discipline:

African/African American Studies 233 A Study of the Harlem Renaissance Through Literature, Music and Dance (Not offered in 2001-2002.)

IV. Distribution Courses (30 credits). Each student should take five courses that are essential to his or her major from the following groups:

Arts and Literature

Humanities

Social Sciences

At least one course must be chosen from each of the three groups, and at least two of the total of five courses must be at the 300-level.

V. Senior Seminar in African/African American Studies (6 credits).

VI. Comprehensive Exercise (6 credits). Each student should have a faculty advisor in his or her area of focus who will direct the comprehensive and integrative project along with the program director. The research project will culminate in an oral examination in defense of the completed integrative essay.

Completion of the major stipulates, then, a minimum of 66 credits: three survey courses, at least one interdisciplinary course, five distribution courses, senior seminar, and the comprehensive exercise.

Students are urged to pursue off-campus study in a community setting in the U.S., Africa or the Caribbean. The Office of Off-Campus Studies provides information about such opportunities.

African/African American Studies Courses

Pertinent Courses:

ECON 232: American Economic History (Not offered in 2001-2002.)

ECON 240: Economics of Developing Countries

EDUC 353: Schooling and Opportunity in American Society

ENGL 339: Contemporary American Playwrights of Color

HIST 110: Life Histories of African Women

HIST 120: American Social History to 1865

HIST 121: American Social History Since 1865

HIST 229: Gender and Work in U.S. History (Not offered in 2001-2002.)

HIST 274: Brazil from Colonial to Modern Times (Not offered in 2001-2002.)

MUSC 140: Introduction to World Music I

POSC 100: Civil Rights: Martin and Malcolm

POSC 122: Politics in America: Liberty and Equality

POSC 272: American Constitutional Law II

RELG 122: Introduction to Islam

RELG 227: Liberation Theologies

RELG 235: Women and Islamic Constructions of Gender

RELG 330: Islamic Aesthetics

SOAN 130: Population and Food in the Global System

SOAN 220: Class, Power, and Inequality in America (Not offered in 2001-2002.)

SOAN 312: Actors and Issues in Contemporary Third World "Development"

WGST 110: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies