Africana Studies–English

20th Century African American Women's History

Using both a chronological and topical format, this course will investigate the history, culture, and activism of African American women in the twentieth century through readings of historical texts and articles, autobiography, and oral testimony.  The content of the course includes an exploration of the responses of African American women to racism, sexism, and class and color consciousness within different historical periods.

Combined Section: AFRCNA 0536

Afro-American History 1

This course surveys the history of Afro-Americans from their African origins to their emancipation during the Civil War.

Combined Section: HIST 0670

Comparative Dance Expression

This course will examine the cultural patterns of black dance styles and the similarities and differences in the motor behaviors among blacks in dance from South America, the Caribbean islands, Africa, and North America.  Contents of the course will be introduced through films, lecture, and videotapes.

Black Consciousness

Introduction to the growing body of coherent cultural ideas and beliefs which provide a positive framework for study and interpretation of the black experience in North America. The course is pan-African in scope and context.  One of the goals is to enable the student to view the African and the African-American struggles as part of the world struggle of human rights.

History of Jazz

The course focuses on the chronological development of jazz from its beginnings on the plantation to its present state as a world concert music.  Various styles such as ragtime, blues, gospel, spirituals, rhythm and blues, rock, soul, etc, are examined.

Combined Section:
MUSIC 0711

Afro-Latin America

A survey of black history in the countries of Latin America, from the period of European conquest (c. 1500) To the present.

Combined Section HIST 0502

Early African Civilization

The course surveys the emergence and growth of early African civilization from the beginnings of the evolution of the human race to the eve of the European colonization of the continent. It introduces students to the multiple disciplines contributing to knowledge about early Africa, and shows the centrality of Africa and Africans for humanity in general. Among the principal themes that the readings and discussions focus on are: pre-history of Africa and the genesis of humankind; the complexity of migration, and state formation; and African and European earlier contact.

Antebellum African American Women's History

This course examines the history of black women in the United States.  It will explore the contradictions and boundaries they confronted living in a limited democracy that supported slavery.  The role of ideologies of gender and race will be a major component of this course.

Swahili 1

The greatest part of the first term will be devoted to the presentation and practice of the basic sound patterns of the language, its fundamental sentence patters, and sufficient vocabulary to illustrate and practice them.  An introduction to the writing system will be offered together with the opportunity to acquire elementary writing and reading skills.

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Man/Woman Literature

Through prose and poetic works one will note how black men are viewed and characterized by female writers as well as how black women are treated by male writers.  The basis for the difference lies in racial and sexual stereotyping in Afro-American literature.