Currently Offered Courses - Spring 2020

AFRO 100 - Intro to African American St

Interdisciplinary introduction to the basic concepts and literature in the disciplines covered by African American studies; surveys the major approaches to the study of African Americans across several academic disciplines including economics, education, psychology, literature, political science, sociology and others.

AFRO 101 - Black America, 1619-Present

Sociohistorical survey of African American experiences from the West African background to North America, from the 17th century to the present. Same as HIST 174.

AFRO 103 - Black Women in the Diaspora

Explores the historical, social, economic, cultural and political realities of black women in the African diaspora with an emphasis on the U.S., Canada, Britain, Africa and the English speaking Caribbean. How macro structures such as slavery, imperialism, colonialism, capitalism, and globalization shaped and continue to circumscribe the lives of black women across various geographic regions. Discussion of the multiple strategies/efforts that black women employ both in the past and present to ensure the survival of the self and the community. Same as AFST 103 and GWS 103.

AFRO 106 - Hist Arch Americas

Same as ANTH 106. See ANTH 106.

AFRO 132 - African American Music

Survey of African American music, from its origins to the present with a focus on understanding details of musical performance and the ways in which music interacts with its social and political context. Examines genres such as spirituals, the blues, jazz, R&B, soul, and hip-hop. No previous musical background is necessary.

AFRO 201 - US Racial & Ethnic Politics

Same as AAS 201, LLS 201, and PS 201. See PS 201.

AFRO 215 - US Citizenship Comparatively

Same as AAS 215, AIS 295, GWS 215, and LLS 215. See AAS 215.

AFRO 220 - Intro to Research Methods AfAm

Introduction to various methodologies to be employed in the interdisciplinary field of African American/Africana studies. Prerequisite: AFRO 100.

AFRO 224 - Humanist Persp of Afro-Am Exp

Presents the Afro-centric world view as it was manifested in traditional African society and in the Afro-American slave community. Shows that this world view merged with European notions of art and humanity, as revealed in modern Afro-American literature, art, and music. Same as CWL 226. Approved for both letter and S/U grading. Prerequisite: AFRO 100 or consent of instructor.

AFRO 226 - Black Women Contemp US Society

Sociological perspective of the experience of African American women in the contemporary United States. Specifically, an examination of relationships between the economy, state policy, culture, work and motherhood for this demographic group. Same as GWS 226 and SOC 223.

AFRO 228 - Hip Hop Music: History and Culture

A study of hip-hop from its beginnings in the post-industrial South Bronx of the 1970s to the global present. By focusing on the work of specific artists and movements, we will compare and contrast the production and consumption of hip-hop with other forms of popular music (including jazz, rock, disco, and pop). This course shows how musicians and listeners use hip-hop to express ideas about topics such as economics, nationalism, black power, feminism, and violence.

AFRO 243 - Pan Africanism

Provides an introduction to Pan African political movements and ideologies from the Americas to continental Africa. Examines the political, social, economic, and ideological relationships and connections between Africans and their descendants in the diaspora from an historical and comparative perspective. Same as AFST 243 and PS 243.

AFRO 259 - Early African American Literature and Culture

Same as CWL 259 and ENGL 259. See ENGL 259.

AFRO 260 - Modern African American Literature and Culture

Same as CWL 260 and ENGL 260. See ENGL 260.

AFRO 275 - Afro-American History to 1877

Same as HIST 275. See HIST 275.

AFRO 276 - Afro-American Hist Since 1877

Same as HIST 276. See HIST 276.

AFRO 281 - Constructing Race in America

Same as AAS 281, HIST 281, and LLS 281. See HIST 281.

AFRO 298 - Spec Topics African-Am Studies

Seminar on selected topics with particular emphasis on current research trends. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: AFRO 100 or AFRO 101, or consent of instructor.

AFRO 310 - Race and Cultural Diversity

Same as AAS 310, EPS 310, and LLS 310. See EPS 310.

AFRO 340 - Dancing Black Popular Culture

Same as DANC 340. See DANC 340.

AFRO 398 - Spec Topics Afro-Am Studies

Advanced seminar on selected topics with particular emphasis on current research trends. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Junior status and one of the following: AFRO 224, or HIST 275 or HIST 276, or ENGL 259 or ENGL 260.

AFRO 421 - Racial and Ethnic Families

Same as EPS 421 and HDFS 424. See EPS 421.

AFRO 465 - Race, Sex, and Deviance

Same as AAS 465, GWS 465, and LLS 465. See LLS 465.

AFRO 482 - Immersion Journalism

Same as JOUR 482. See JOUR 482.

AFRO 495 - Senior Thesis Seminar

3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. Prerequisite: AFRO 100 and AFRO 220 or AFRO 490.

AFRO 498 - Spec Topics African Am Studies

Seminar on selected topics with particular emphasis on current research trends. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated up to a maximum of 6 undergraduate hours or 8 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Upper level AFRO course (300 or above) or consent of instructor.

AFRO 531 - Race and Cultural Critique

Same as AAS 561, ANTH 565, GWS 561, and LLS 561. See AAS 561.

AFRO 597 - Problems in African-Am Studies

Focused reading and study of special problems in African American Studies. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, AFRO 500 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

AFRO 598 - Res Sem in African-Am Studies

Graduate seminar on special topics based on current research trends. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, AFRO 500 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.