Africana Studies (minor available)

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

Music in Africa

This course examines the historical social and cultural background of music in Africa with particular reference to music in community life, performing groups, the training of musicians, instrument structures in African music, and the interrelations of music and dance. (Slides, films, and recordings will be used to illustrate lectures.)

Combined Section:
AFRCNA 1334

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:
AFRCNA 0639

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

Caribbean History

Examines historical roots of modern Caribbean.  Examines major historical developments from period of subjugation of indigenous population through era of slavery to rise of modern nationalism and impact of American intervention. Also analyzes related socioeconomic systems and institutions.  Selected country case studies included.

Combined Section: AFRCNA 0385

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.