Courses

Related courses are courses offered by disciplinary departments that count toward the Afr/AFAM major/concentration.  Pertinent courses are potentially relevant to the major/concentration but do not have enough Af/AFAM content to count toward requirements without a special petition.  Due to changing course offerings, this is only a partial list.  Any questions about whether or how a course counts toward the major/concentration should be directed to the Program Director.


 

  • AFAM 100: The Postcolonial Imagination and Africana Thought

    What does the “post-colonial” mean? And, how does a colonized subject become decolonized? In this course we will engage the literary and theoretical production of formerly colonized subjects from parts of Africa and the Caribbean, as we seek to determine what the post-colonial imagination might look like. The emphasis will be on close readings of works which emerge from the crucible of the Black Atlantic’s “encounter” with European and American colonialism.

    6 credit; Writing Requirement, Argument and Inquiry Seminar, International Studies; offered Fall 2016 · K. Wolfe
  • AFAM 115: An Introduction to African American Culture, Practice, and Religion

    This course introduces students to a complex array of concerns facing African Americans from slavery to our contemporary moment. Engaging in close readings of texts from a variety of genres that capture the dynamics of African American experiences, several questions will guide our efforts as we attempt to make sense of African American praxis today. Examples are: What does agency look like in conditions of bondage and systematic disenfranchisement? What does the adjective, Black, mean when we talk about black culture or the Black Church? 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Spring 2017 · K. Wolfe
  • AFAM 125: New African Migrations

    African societies have long been shaped by migration--including quests for new knowledge, land, and livelihoods as well as the coercive migrations of slavery and refugee flight. Recent transformations in global political-economies and local conditions have made migration a central feature of contemporary African life. This course introduces students to African and African diaspora studies through an examination of new African migrations. Starting with the formation of "domestic diasporas" through rural-urban migration within African countries, we will explore connections and ruptures created by south-south international migrations within the African continent, and transnational migrations to the United States and Europe.

    6 credit; Social Inquiry, Writing Requirement, International Studies; not offered 2016–2017
  • AFAM 194: The Black Middle Class

    Since the 1960s, the black middle class has been an object of debate and interest, both among scholars and in society. In this course, we will examine the black middle class from an interdisciplinary perspective, specifically considering questions and problems posed in economics, sociology, history and literature. Among other topics, we will examine when and how the black middle class emerged, its distinctiveness from its white and working-class counterparts, and its implications and larger meaning in popular culture and public discourse about race, class, and American society. 6 credit; Social Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2016–2017
  • AFAM 240: Black Power to Present

    Numerous questions surround the Black Lives Matter movement. These include questions about its legitimacy as a movement and its “leaderlessness” and complaints about its tactics--for example, in a town-hall-like event in London on April 23, 2016, even President Obama, who has articulated support of the movement, complained that BLM “can’t just keep on yelling.” To answer some of these questions, in this course we will contextualize BLM in light of a series of tensions we find in African American political thought from the Civil Rights era (especially Black Power) to the present.

    6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Winter 2017 · K. Wolfe
  • AFAM 398: African and African American Studies Capstone

    What relationships can you draw among your varied coursework and papers in African and African American Studies? How does interdisciplinarity affect your thinking about the study of the African continent and its numerous diasporas? In this two-credit course students will create a portfolio of their work in African and African American studies and write a 5-10 page reflective essay tying these papers together. Guided by a faculty member, this course gives students an opportunity to reflect seriously about the courses they have taken and the work they have produced within the major or concentration, and to draw connections among them. Prerequisites: African/African American Studies Senior major or concentrator 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2017 · P. Feldman-Savelsberg
  • AFAM 400: Integrative Exercise

    1-6 credit; S/NC; offered Winter 2017 · P. Feldman-Savelsberg

Major Requirements

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. Interdisciplinary Course (6 credits). Each student must complete one interdisciplinary 6-credit course which, in part, specifically discusses African/African American Studies as an interdisciplinary field:

  • AFAM 100 The Postcolonial Imagination and Africana Thought
  • AFAM 115 An Introduction to African American Culture, Practice, and Religion
  • AFAM 125 New African Migrations (not offered in 2016-17)
  • AFAM 194 The Black Middle Class (not offered in 2016-17)
  • RELG 210 Prophecy and Social Criticism in America (not offered in 2016-17)

III. Survey Courses (18 credits). Each student must take three of the following 6-credit courses:

  • ARTH 140 African Art and Culture (not offered in 2016-17)
  • ENGL 117 African American Literature
  • ENGL 238 African Literature in English
  • HIST 125 African American History I (not offered in 2016-17)
  • HIST 126 African American History II
  • HIST 181 West Africa in the Era of the Slave Trade (not offered in 2016-17)
  • HIST 182 Living in the Colonial Context: Africa, 1850-1950 (not offered in 2016-17)
  • HIST 183 History of Early West Africa
  • HIST 184 Colonial West Africa (not offered in 2016-17)

IV. Distribution Courses (30 credits). Each student should take 30 credits of distribution that are essential to African and African-American Studies. Among these distribution courses, students must choose at least one 6-credit course each from among the three disciplinary groups: humanities, social sciences and arts and literature; at least four of the distribution courses must be at the 200-level or above and at least one at the 300-level. The 300-level course should be completed in one of the two disciplines in which the student writes his/her comprehensive exercise; in this course the student must produce a substantial paper or project in African and/or African American Studies. In addition, majors are highly encouraged to take the AMST 345 junior methods course, WGST 200, or a methods course in one of the academic disciplines that contribute to African and African American Studies. HIST 182 cannot double count as a survey course.

Arts and Literature

  • ENGL 238 African Literature in English
  • ENGL 252 Caribbean Fiction (not offered in 2016-17)
  • ENGL 258 Contemporary American Playwrights of Color
  • ENGL 350 The Postcolonial Novel: Forms and Contexts (not offered in 2016-17)
  • ENGL 352 Toni Morrison: Novelist
  • FREN 225 Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean (not offered in 2016-17)
  • FREN 245 Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean
  • FREN 308 France and the African Imagination (not offered in 2016-17)
  • MUSC 126 America's Music
  • MUSC 130 The History of Jazz (not offered in 2016-17)
  • MUSC 131 The Blues From the Delta to Chicago (not offered in 2016-17)
  • MUSC 132 Golden Age of R and B
  • MUSC 140 Ethnomusicology: Local and Global in the World's Musical Cultures (not offered in 2016-17)
  • MUSC 141 Global Popular Music (not offered in 2016-17)
  • MUSC 245 Music of Africa
  • MUSC 306 Moldy Figs and the Birth of Jazz Criticism
  • MUSC 332 Motown (not offered in 2016-17)

Humanities

  • HIST 100 Slavery and the Old South: History and Historians
  • HIST 100 History and Memory in Africa, Nineteenth through Twenty-first Centuries
  • HIST 181 West Africa in the Era of the Slave Trade (not offered in 2016-17)
  • HIST 182 Living in the Colonial Context: Africa, 1850-1950 (not offered in 2016-17)
  • HIST 184 Colonial West Africa (not offered in 2016-17)
  • HIST 219 Is Obama Black?: American Mixed Race History (not offered in 2016-17)
  • HIST 228 Civil Rights and Black Power
  • HIST 280 African in the Arab World
  • HIST 281 War in Modern Africa (not offered in 2016-17)
  • HIST 283 Christian Encounter, Conversion, and Conflict in Modern African
  • HIST 286 Africans in the Arab World: On Site and Revisited (not offered in 2016-17)
  • HIST 381 U.S. Relations with Ghana (not offered in 2016-17)
  • HIST 382 U.S. Relations with Ghana: The Field Trip and Beyond (not offered in 2016-17)
  • RELG 210 Prophecy and Social Criticism in America (not offered in 2016-17)
  • RELG 227 Liberation Theologies (not offered in 2016-17)
  • RELG 244 Hip Hop, Reggae, and Religion: Music and the Religion-Political Imagination of the Black Atlantic
  • RELG 262 Islamic Africa (not offered in 2016-17)
  • RELG 326 Religion and the Post-Colonial Imagination (not offered in 2016-17)

Social Sciences

  • AFAM 194 The Black Middle Class (not offered in 2016-17)
  • EDUC 225 Issues in Urban Education (not offered in 2016-17)
  • EDUC 245 The History of American School Reform
  • ENTS 280 Ethiopia and Tanzania Program: Research Projects on Conservation and Development (not offered in 2016-17)
  • ENTS 284 Ethiopia and Tanzania Program: Cultural Studies (not offered in 2016-17)
  • POSC 207 Urban Politics in a Global Era (not offered in 2016-17)
  • POSC 218 Schools, Scholarship and Policy in the United States
  • POSC 266 Urban Political Economy
  • POSC 351 Political Theory of Martin Luther King, Jr. (not offered in 2016-17)
  • POSC 366 Urban Political Economy*
  • PSYC 384 Psychology of Prejudice
  • SOAN 115 Inequality in American Society (not offered in 2016-17)
  • SOAN 225 Social Movements (not offered in 2016-17)
  • SOAN 256 Africa: Representation and Conflict
  • SOAN 272 Race and Ethnicity in the United States
  • SOAN 314 Contemporary Issues in Critical Criminology
  • SOAN 395 Ethnography of Reproduction (not offered in 2016-17)
  • WGST 265 Black Feminist Thought: The Everyday World
  • WGST 266 Caribbean Queer Matters: Exploration & Research

Additional Distribution Electives: Arts Practice

  • DANC 301 Contemporary Styles and Techniques: African Dance
  • MUSC 183J Ethnic Drumming Instruction (Juried)
  • MUSC 191 Karimba Ensemble
  • MUSC 192 West African Drum Ensemble
  • MUSC 193 Mbira Ensemble (not offered in 2016-17)
  • MUSC 195 Jubilee Singers
  • MUSC 199 Fundamentals of African Drumming
  • MUSC 283J Ethnic Drumming Instruction (Juried)
  • SOAN 314 Contemporary Issues in Critical Criminology

V. Senior Seminar/Capstone Experience (2 credits)

The capstone experience consists of AFAM 398, a two-credit course in which the student creates a portfolio of their work in African and African American studies and writes a 5-10 page reflective essay tying these papers together. This course gives students an opportunity to seriously reflect about the courses they have taken and the work they have produced within the major, and to draw connections among them. By bringing together African and African American Studies majors and concentrators, this two-credit course facilitates common discussion of the main themes in African and African American Studies and how they are woven through the corpus of each student's undergraduate opus.

VI. Comprehensive Exercise (6 credits): AFAM 400

The comprehensive exercise is a substantial (approximately 34-40 page) research paper on a topic within African, African American, and/or African Diaspora studies, grounded in two complementary disciplines, advised by two faculty members chosen from these two disciplines. The student should have completed a 300-level course in one of these two disciplines. The comps process begins with a proposal in fall term of the senior year, and ends with a final written thesis and oral presentation early in spring term.