2022-23 Catalog

Africana Studies

Program Director: Terry -Ann Jones, PhD (University of Miami)

Website: http://aas.cas.lehigh.edu/

Supported by the Office of Undergraduate Studies and Interdisciplinary Programs, 610-758-3996; incasip@lehigh.edu
Williams Hall, 31 Williams Drive

The purpose of the Africana Studies Program is to engender in Lehigh students an intellectual appreciation of the life and culture of peoples of sub-Saharan Africa and the worldwide diaspora, especially in the Americas (the United States and Canada, the Caribbean, Central and South America), thereby enriching the Lehigh curriculum and increasing its relevance to a culturally diverse society and world. In the best tradition of a liberal arts education, Africana Studies expands Lehigh students’ critical understanding of their own heritage in interaction with other cultures.

The major and minor in Africana Studies constitute an interdepartmental and comparative program of study for undergraduates who wish to integrate the insights and methods of several disciplines to understand the history, culture, social, and political experience of people of African descent globally.

With the breadth and depth of the curriculum, the Africana Studies Program prepares students for a diverse range of careers. Alumni of the Africana Studies Program have advanced to careers in the arts, law, politics, and academia, among others, and with foci on immigration, mass incarceration, and activism. We encourage majors and minors to speak with the program director and/or their advisors to learn more about the applicability of Africana Studies to a wide range of careers.

Emeritus Faculty

Edward P. Morgan (1976, 1989), university distinguished professor of political science. B.A., Oberlin,1968; M.A., Brandeis, 1973; Ph.D., 1975.


The Major

The major in Africana Studies consists of a minimum of ten (10) courses, constituting a minimum of 32 credit hours with no more than 12 transfer credits permitted. The major is designed to familiarize students with a range of disciplinary approaches to Africana Studies. It entails training across disciplinary lines as well as the option to focus on a particular area of concentration. 

Introductory Course4
Introduction to Africana Studies
Breadth Courses 19-12
Select one course from each concentration below.
Social & Behavioral Sciences
History, Religion, or Philosophy
Visual & Performing Arts or Literature
Elective Coursework 1,215-20
Select five elective courses (see list below).
Senior Seminar4
Seminar in Africana Studies
Experiential Learning
Africana Studies majors are required to satisfactorily participate in experiential learning. This requires the approval of the director and may take the form of long- or short-term study abroad, internship with or without academic credit, service learning, or community engagement. The program director and faculty will offer guidance to assist you in the completion of this requirement.
Total Credits32-40

Departmental Honors

Africana Studies majors who attain a 3.5 grade point average in the major and a 3.2 grade point average overall may apply for departmental honors.  Students must receive permission from the program director and complete a minimum of 4 credits of AAS 390 Honors Thesis.

The Minor

The minor consists of a minimum of four (4) courses, constituting at least 15 hours of study that includes an introductory course and at least one course at the 200-level or above.

Introductory Course4
Introduction to Africana Studies
Elective Coursework and/or Breadth Courses 1,211-12
Social & Behavioral Sciences
History, Religion, or Philosophy
Visual & Performance Arts or Literature
Total Credits15-16

Core and Elective Courses

Core courses concentrate on subject material directly relevant to the study of past and present experiences of people of African descent.  Each semester, a complete list of Africana Studies course offerings can be found on the Africana Studies website or in the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs, Williams Hall, Suite 101.  In addition, students are encouraged to pursue independent study opportunities to enhance their knowledge of specific aspects of Africana Studies.

Social and Behavioral Sciences
AAS/SOC 103Race and Ethnicity in the Contemporary U.S.4
AAS/LAS/SOC 106Race and Ethnicity in the Americas4
AAS/SOC/LAS 155Afro-Latino Social Movements in Latin America & the Caribbean4
AAS/SOC 166Wealth and Poverty in the United States4
AAS/POLS 205The Political Development of American Race Relations4
AAS/POLS/WGSS 210Revolution on Campus4
AAS/POLS 230Social Movements From the 1960s to Present4
AAS 278Race, Sports, Media and Social Activism4
AAS 305Residential Segregation: Policies and Practices4
AAS/SOC 3134
AAS 314Infections and Inequalities: HIV, TB and Malaria in the Global South4
AAS/ANTH/GS 317So You Want to Save the World: Anthropological Encounters with Humanitarianism and Development4
AAS/PSYC 326The Doing and Undoing of Racism4
AAS/JOUR 333Reporting the Crises: Identity, Journalism and Power4
AAS/ASIA/GS/POLS 343Global Politics of Race: Asia and Africa4
AAS/SOC 345Colonialism and the Black Radical Tradition4
AAS/COMM 375Global Media and Culture4
AAS/SOC 379Race and Class in America4
History, Religion, Philosophy
AAS/HIST 005African Civilization4
AAS/PHIL 117Race, Racism, and Philosophy4
AAS/HIST/WGSS 126How Black Women Made Modern America4
AAS/HIST 130African American History4
AAS/HIST/GS/WGSS 131Women, Gender, Sexuality and Race in African Societies4
AAS/HIST 134History and Cultures of Ghana4
AAS/GS/HIST/HMS 176Keeping Africa and Africans Healthy: A History of Illness and Wellness4
AAS/GS/HIST 178Globalization and Health in Ghana3
AAS/HIST 179Black Political Thought in America4
AAS/HIST/WGSS 322African Women, Voices and Lives3-4
AAS/HIST 330Africans and the Atlantic World4
AAS/HIST 331United States and Africa3,4
AAS/HIST 332Slavery and the American South3-4
AAS 3353-4
AAS/GS/HIST 341Global Africa: Aid, Volunteerism, NGO's and International Studies3,4
Visual & Performing Arts and Literature
AAS 038Introduction to African Literature3
AAS/THTR 066Hip Hop Dance2
AAS/THTR 076Hip Hop Dance II2
AAS/ENGL/JST/REL 102Promised Lands: Jewish and African American Children's Literature4
AAS/ENGL 121Topics in African-American Literature4
AAS/ART/GS 124Arts of the Black World 16th-20th Centuries4
AAS/ART/GS 125Art and Architecture of Africa from Colonial to Contemporary Times4
AAS/MUS 128Jazz History I3
AAS/MUS 129Jazz History II3
AAS/THTR 132Hip Hop Theatre4
AAS/ENGL 138Introduction to African American Literature4
AAS/THTR 140African American Theatre4
AAS/ART/GS 221Global Contemporary Art4
AAS 2634
AAS/FREN 312Modernity in the Maghreb4
AAS/ENGL 318Topics in African American Literature and Culture3,4
AAS/ENGL 320Imagining Freedom: 19th-Century African American Literature and Politics3,4
AAS/ENGL 325The Harlem Renaissance: Early 20th-Century African American Literature, Art and Politics3-4
ENGL 366Topics in British Eighteenth-Century Literature3-4

Graduate certificate IN Africana studies

A Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies is offered in the College of Arts and Sciences. Candidates for the certificate must complete 12 credit hours (4 courses) at the 300-level or above, with no more than 6 credits at the 300-level.

The Graduate Certificate in AAS is designed as a complement to a graduate program (e.g. English, History, Sociology, American Studies, Political Science) or as a standalone post-baccalaureate course of study. The Certificate is a small, flexible program that provides students with breadth and the challenge of working outside their home discipline in concentrated interdisciplinary study of Africana Studies. In recognition of contemporary educational and employment contexts that are increasingly diverse and international, the AAS Program offers the graduate certificate as a means to enrich academic, personal, and employment horizons.

4 courses from the list below at the 300-level or above12
with no more than 6 credits at the 300-level


Additional courses may be chosen in consultation with the program director.

Gender, Race and Sexuality: The Social Construction of Differences
Modernity in the Maghreb
Keep the Change: Social Movements in Society
Infections and Inequalities: HIV, TB and Malaria in the Global South
African-American Literature and Culture
Globalization and Development in Africa
Africans and the Atlantic World
United States and Africa
Slavery and the American South
Special Topics in African History and/or Diaspora
Special Topics in Africana Studies
Global Africa: Aid, Volunteerism, NGO's and International Studies
Global Politics of Race: Asia and Africa
Colonialism and the Black Radical Tradition
Global Media and Culture
New Media, Race and Gender
New Media, Race and Gender
Seminar on a topic in Africana Studies
Special Topics in Africana Studies
Rise and Fall of the Old South
Social Movements From the 1960s to Present
Global Politics of Race: Asia and Africa
Inequalities at Work
Social Stratification: Race, Class, Gender
Race, Ethnicity, and Health


AAS 003 Introduction to Africana Studies 4 Credits

An interdisciplinary examination of the roots, culture, and politics of the modern black world through study of classic works in Africana Studies with emphasis on the continuities among African peoples worldwide and the social forces that have shaped contemporary black life in Africa and the Americas.
Attribute/Distribution: SS

AAS 005 (HIST 005) African Civilization 4 Credits

Sub-Saharan Africa through the millennia of the ancient world to the present. Human origins, state and non-state systems, the external slave trade; colonialism, resistance to European rule; independence movements; neocolonialism.
Attribute/Distribution: SS

AAS 025 (REL 025) Introduction to Black Religions and Hip-Hop 4 Credits

Rapper KRS ONE once stated that, “Rap is something you do and Hip-Hop is something you live.” This course thinks through the global evolution of Hip-Hop culture and the public and academic study of Black Religions as responses to structural and historical inequality and the search for meaning in culture by considering themes of resistance, constraint, power, the body, deviance, and morality over and against race, class, gender, and sexuality from a range of academic and cultural sources.
Attribute/Distribution: HU

AAS 038 (ENGL 038) Introduction to African Literature 3 Credits

Sub-Saharan African literary themes and styles, historical and social contexts, African folk tales, oral poetry, colonial protest literature, postcolonial writing, films on contemporary Africa.
Attribute/Distribution: HU

AAS 066 (THTR 066) Hip Hop Dance 2 Credits

Techniques, vocabulary, and history behind the various elements of the Hip Hop Movement. Focus upon the cultural influence of Hip Hop dance styles, and the overall social influence of the Hip Hop Movement.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.
Attribute/Distribution: HU

AAS 076 (THTR 076) Hip Hop Dance II 2 Credits

Students familiar with the music genres and basic dance tropes of the Hip Hop movement will explore, develop, and apply them in combinations that weave the various elements of Hip Hop culture into a high energy dance. Focus on Hip Hop dance as it influences the contemporary world view and global aesthetics.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.
Prerequisites: THTR 066 or AAS 066
Attribute/Distribution: HU

AAS 095 1-4 Credits

Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.

AAS 102 (ENGL 102, JST 102, REL 102) Promised Lands: Jewish and African American Children's Literature 4 Credits

In the Hebrew Bible, Psalm 137 asks, “How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?” For Jews, blacks, and black Jews, this was and is a poignant question. This course examines how these two rich, often overlapping and interacting groups tell their stories in literature for children and young adults, with a particular focus on the mediation of traumatic pasts. What does it mean to imagine promised lands beyond such pasts—and can they be reached?
Attribute/Distribution: HU

AAS 103 (SOC 103) Race and Ethnicity in the Contemporary U.S. 4 Credits

Examines race and ethnicity from a sociological perspective. Focus on the role of the major racial and ethnic communities in modern American society. Explores the roles of race and ethnicity in identity, social relations, and social inequality. Topics include racial and ethnic communities, minority/majority groups, assimilation, prejudice/discrimination, identity and the social construction of the concept of “race.”
Attribute/Distribution: SS

AAS 106 (LAS 106, SOC 106) Race and Ethnicity in the Americas 4 Credits

How is it possible that someone who is officially considered black in the United States can embody different racial identities throughout current Latin America? Even more, how is it possible that people considered white nowadays were not officially so in early twentieth-century US (although they were viewed as white in the Latin American context at the same time period)? This course offers a historical comparative analysis of the nature and dynamics of race between the United States and Latin America.
Attribute/Distribution: SS

AAS 117 (PHIL 117) Race, Racism, and Philosophy 4 Credits

An introduction to the philosophy born of struggle against racism and white supremacy. We will read the work of philosophers, mostly European, who quietly made modern racism possible by inventing the category of race, but we will concentrate on the work of philosophers, mostly of African descent, who for 200 years have struggled to force a philosophical critique of the category of race and the practice of white supremacy.
Attribute/Distribution: HU

AAS 121 (ENGL 121) Topics in African-American Literature 4 Credits

Selected works of African American literature and/or the literatures of the African Diaspora. Must have completed six hours of first-year English. Cannot be taken pass/fail.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.
Attribute/Distribution: HU

AAS 124 (ART 124, GS 124) Arts of the Black World 16th-20th Centuries 4 Credits

This course covers artistic practices originating in Africa that subsequently influenced countless world cultures. The material covers artistic production and theory of arts of the enslaved populations in the AnteBellum South, early African American painting through the Harlem Renaissance, the religious arts of Haiti (Vodou) and Cuba (Santería), and contemporary production from Black Brazilian, American and European artists. Students should be prepared to attend Museums/galleries during the semester.
Attribute/Distribution: HU

AAS 125 (ART 125, GS 125) Art and Architecture of Africa from Colonial to Contemporary Times 4 Credits

This course is structured around case studies of art and architecture from early traditions up through the present. The focus is on cultural production, religious art and architecture (local as well as Christian and Muslim traditions), craftsmanship, style, materials, trade, and international exhibition of art objects in Museums. The literature draws from art historical, anthropological, and historical analyses as well as museum studies. Students should be prepared to attend Museums/galleries during the semester.
Attribute/Distribution: HU

AAS 126 (HIST 126, WGSS 126) How Black Women Made Modern America 4 Credits

This course introduces students to the significant themes and events that have shaped the African American women’s historical experience from slavery to the present. We examine the social, political, and economic meaning of freedom for women of African descent.
Attribute/Distribution: HU

AAS 128 (MUS 128) Jazz History I 3 Credits

A study of the roots of jazz. Starting in West Africa, the course traces the synthesis of African and European elements to 1945. Musicians covered are Gottshalk, Bolden, Morton, Armstrong, Hawkins, Basie, Ellington, and others.
Attribute/Distribution: HU

AAS 129 (MUS 129) Jazz History II 3 Credits

A survey of modern jazz from 1945 to present. Musicians covered include Parker, Gillespie, Monk, Davis, Coltrane, Hancock, and Coleman. Can be taken independently of Jazz History I, but the first course would be helpful.
Attribute/Distribution: HU

AAS 130 (HIST 130) African American History 4 Credits

Blacks in America from the first importation of Africans to the implementation of civil rights laws. West African origins, slave trade, slavery, free blacks and emancipation and study of Reconstruction, segregation, urbanization, and the struggle for racial equality.
Attribute/Distribution: SS

AAS 131 (GS 131, HIST 131, WGSS 131) Women, Gender, Sexuality and Race in African Societies 4 Credits

This course explores the various ways in which womanhood, gender, sexuality and race are defined, constructed and articulated in African societies. The interdisciplinary course draws from historical writings, novels, biography, anthropology, political science, health and other fields to examine diverse activities and contributions of African women from the pre-colonial period to the present.
Attribute/Distribution: HU

AAS 132 (THTR 132) Hip Hop Theatre 4 Credits

Introduction to the creation and performance of Hip Hop Theatre. Exploration of the history and culture of Hip Hop through original written material, live performance, music, film, video and web based content. Public Performances. Must have audition. Consent given by instructor.
Attribute/Distribution: HU

AAS 134 (HIST 134) History and Cultures of Ghana 4 Credits

Overview of Ghana's history and cultures from the fifteenth century, examining diversity among various ethnic groups and covering such themes as religion, literature, art, music/dance, gender, family and anti-colonial movements. The course will also explore how slave castles/forts contributed to the transatlantic slave trade, Pan-Africanism and global tourism.
Attribute/Distribution: HU

AAS 138 (ENGL 138) Introduction to African American Literature 4 Credits

Survey of African American prose narrative and poetry from the 18th century to the present. Features writers from the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, and the post Black Power era.
Attribute/Distribution: HU

AAS 140 (THTR 140) African American Theatre 4 Credits

Foundations of African theater: historical, literacy, and practical.
Attribute/Distribution: HU

AAS 144 Global Hip Hop and Social Change 4 Credits

Hip Hop has become a global phenomenon. We will analyze how and why socially Conscious Hip Hop, as a tool for social change, has expanded to Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.
Attribute/Distribution: SS

AAS 155 (LAS 155, SOC 155) Afro-Latino Social Movements in Latin America & the Caribbean 4 Credits

This focuses on Afro-Latinos who make up nearly 70% of the population of the Americas. Despite the large amount of people of African descent living in the Americas, Afro-Latinos are an understudied population who face significant amounts of racial discrimination in their countries. Who are Afro-Latinos? Where do they live? How are they challenging the racism that they face? These are questions we will tackle in this course.
Attribute/Distribution: SS

AAS 163 (SOC 163) Sociology of Hip Hop Culture 4 Credits

Hip Hop culture is a complex form of artistic practices reflecting and impacting the environments in which they were produced. Through readings, music and video, this class will uncover the origins of Hip Hop by examining the musical history of the Afro-diaspora in the 20th century. Further study will reveal how the young Bronx, NY underclass in the 1970s fused elements of past musical styles with their own personal and political expression that sparked a worldwide phenomenon and culture industry.
Attribute/Distribution: SS

AAS 166 Wealth and Poverty in the United States 4 Credits

Examines the sociology of wealth and poverty affluence and disadvantage, “rags and riches” in American Society. Focus is a critical analysis of the wealth gap, its causes, consequences and social context. We will consider the roles of wealth and poverty in determining life chances and structuring opportunity, as well as their roles in the perpetuation of social inequality across generations. We will address contemporary debates surrounding public policy, tax laws, antipoverty programs and other reform efforts aimed at decreasing the gap between the “Haves” and the “Have-Nots.”
Attribute/Distribution: SS

AAS 176 (GS 176, HIST 176, HMS 176) Keeping Africa and Africans Healthy: A History of Illness and Wellness 4 Credits

What are the myths about diseases in Africa and how does the world respond to health crises there? What are the African healing traditions? What is the history of global health in Africa and its implications for illness and wellness? This course explores health interventions and initiatives by Africans and non-Africans including missionaries, colonial officials, and NGOs. Students’ final papers will perform a “post-mortem” on Africa, critically tracing how efforts to control, manage and eradicate diseases have succeeded or failed.
Attribute/Distribution: HU

AAS 178 (GS 178, HIST 178) Globalization and Health in Ghana 3 Credits

This 4-week field-based course fosters global engagement by introducing students to the historical, social, cultural, and political factors at the forefront of globalization and health processes in Ghana.
Attribute/Distribution: SS

AAS 179 (HIST 179) Black Political Thought in America 4 Credits

Black leadership, organizations, and philosophy in America from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Era; ideas and programs of Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Attribute/Distribution: SS

AAS 205 (POLS 205) The Political Development of American Race Relations 4 Credits

This course examines the distinctive role race has played in shaping the political history of the United States.
Attribute/Distribution: SS

AAS 210 (POLS 210, WGSS 210) Revolution on Campus 4 Credits

Universities are often sites of political protest. Some of these protests are expressive but ineffective, others can spark revolutions and regime change. Why? What distinguishes universities as sites for resistance? What makes students prone to mobilization? The study of politics can seem like an abstract pursuit, one that is not relevant to our lives. This course takes the scholarly literature on social movements and applies it to the university. Students will engage in social activism as part of this course.
Attribute/Distribution: SS

AAS 221 (ART 221, GS 221) Global Contemporary Art 4 Credits

Topics include revolutionary arts, globalism, EcoArt, postcolonial arts, phenomenological, experiential and new media arts. Global feminist projects, design/build production, graffiti and popular arts are covered regularly. International Art Biennials, exhibitions and the built environment are featured. Art Theory is explored through iconographic, formal and contextual (political, social, financial) analysis. Movements are situated in historical frameworks as well as in their international scope and value. Course enrollment restricted to Junior or Senior standing students.
Attribute/Distribution: HU

AAS 230 (POLS 230) Social Movements From the 1960s to Present 4 Credits

The lessons of U.S. social and political movements from the 1960s and the post-2000 era. Students examine social movements through the lens of intersectionality, with a focus on civil rights, anti-war activism, women’s rights, global justice, and ecology movements, to assess their connection to democracy and citizens’ lives.
Attribute/Distribution: SS

AAS 278 Race, Sports, Media and Social Activism 4 Credits

This course investigates the role and use of media in key efforts of social resistance among American athletes of color. Our analysis will include a look at the lives of athletes who engage in these actions; key acts of resistance; media coverage; and the public response both for and against the protests. Students will learn about media literacy, the power of representation, public sphere protest among celebrities and the role of news media in protest.
Attribute/Distribution: SS

AAS 299 Internship in Africana Studies 1-4 Credits

Work experience with an off-campus organization for practical experience in an Africana Studies-related field. Sophomore standing and program director’s approval required. Course may be repeated for up to four credits.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.

AAS 305 (ES 305, EVST 305, POLS 305) Residential Segregation: Policies and Practices 4 Credits

This course is an introductory planning course, with an emphasis on housing and community development policy. It will examine historical and contemporary aspects of urban politics; the economic, demographic, and spatial evolution of American cities; and various urban problems, such as the spatial mismatch between people and jobs, housing quality and affordability, and residential segregation. Finally, the course will review how planners have addressed conditions in cities and regions over time.
Attribute/Distribution: SS

AAS 311 (ANTH 311, FILM 311) African Culture on Film 4 Credits

Cinematic representations of Africans and their culture are nearly as old as cinema itself.This course surveys films depicting African peoples, some made by outsiders but mostly by Africans themselves, to explore questions about culture, identity, race, and power. From ethnographic filmmakers like Jean Rouch and pioneers like Ousmane Sembene through today's flourishing Nollywood industry, cinematic depictions of life on the African continent have changed the way the world sees Africans and their place in the world.
Attribute/Distribution: HU, SS

AAS 312 (FREN 312) Modernity in the Maghreb 4 Credits

Emergence of the modern self through a comparative study of textual as well as visual representations of postcolonial subjects by male and female writers and film makers. Study of the way the sociopolitical context of countries such as Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia informs the constitution of subjectivity within a multicultural and multilingual community. Issues such as patriarchy, nationalism, colonialism, post colonialism, identity, gender, and Islam in North African literature and film from Franco-Arab traditions.
Attribute/Distribution: HU

AAS 314 (GS 314, HMS 314, SOC 314) Infections and Inequalities: HIV, TB and Malaria in the Global South 4 Credits

This course will explore the social, economic, and environmental causes of HIV, TB, and malaria in developing nations, with a particular focus on the characteristics and causes of these diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa. Students will engage theories and perspectives on development, globalization, and social inequality to explain trends in HIV, TB, and malaria and to understand why certain groups are more vulnerable to infection than others. Prerequisite: Junior/senior standing with declared major/minor in SOC, ANTH, SOAN, HMS, GS, or AAS.
Attribute/Distribution: SS

AAS 317 (ANTH 317, GS 317) So You Want to Save the World: Anthropological Encounters with Humanitarianism and Development 4 Credits

We are often motivated by the desire to “give back”-- feed the hungry, heal the sick, and help those less fortunate than ourselves. Anthropological research on humanitarian aid, development projects, and other interventions meant to improve human lives in various contexts shows us why these efforts often go awry. Focusing primarily on settings outside the U.S., students will consider the pitfalls of developmental and humanitarian interventions as well as the crucial role of local knowledge in addressing complex global problems.
Attribute/Distribution: SS

AAS 318 (ENGL 318) Topics in African American Literature and Culture 3-4 Credits

Special Topics in African American culture and/or the cultures of the African diaspora. Topics may be focused by period, genre, thematic interest or interdisciplinary method including, for example, “Nineteenth-century African American Literature and Politics”, “African-American Folklore”, “Black Atlantic Literature”, “The Harlem Renaissance”, “African-American Women Writers”.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.
Attribute/Distribution: HU

AAS 320 (ENGL 320) Imagining Freedom: 19th-Century African American Literature and Politics 3-4 Credits

In the midst of slavery and its violent aftermath, African Americans dreamed of freedom. These imaginings of freedom are among the richest cultural legacies of the American people and a necessary part of any effort to understand our nation’s contradictory history. Students will read slave-narratives, novels, poems, protests against slavery and lynching, demands for political rights and women’s equality, calls for slave rebellion and appeals for inter-racial cooperation. Readings include Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Wilson, Charles Chesnutt.
Attribute/Distribution: HU

AAS 322 (HIST 322, WGSS 322) African Women, Voices and Lives 3-4 Credits

This course traces the changing history and status of African women. It positions their voices and biographies at the center of broader narratives that often perceive them as powerless, emerging from a lineage of poverty and oppression, and without agency. What happens when African women speak for themselves? We will explore the intersections of gender, class, race, and power to emphasize how women have been instrumental in shaping African history from the pre-colonial period to the present.
Attribute/Distribution: HU

AAS 325 (ENGL 325) The Harlem Renaissance: Early 20th-Century African American Literature, Art and Politics 3-4 Credits

Explore the extraordinary flowering of African American literary, artistic and political life in the early 20th century. Study masterpieces of African American literature, music, visual art, and political imagination. Consider how artists and activists represented the diversity of Black life in America and reimagined race relations during the Jim Crow era. Learn how works by Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Bessie Smith, Aaron Douglas and many others can assist us in realizing the promise of racial justice.

AAS 326 (PSYC 326) The Doing and Undoing of Racism 4 Credits

This course will provide students with a critical understanding of historical, legal, and social psychological factors that lead to prejudice, discrimination, and racism within our society. It will survey the US constitution, policy, and social psychological theories that explain the causes and maintenance of prejudice, discrimination, and racism in their many forms. Students will learn how laws and various theoretical perspectives apply to people’s psychological functioning and group behavior, and examine theoretically derived interventions to reduce prejudice, discrimination, and racism.
Prerequisites: PSYC 121 or AAS 003
Attribute/Distribution: SS

AAS 330 (HIST 330) Africans and the Atlantic World 4 Credits

This course chronicles the history of Africans and the Atlantic world from the fifteenth century. It explores cross-cultural interactions and exchanges between Africans and Europeans and covers major themes including trade, religion, slavery, abolition, identity, colonialism, gender, the "Back-to-Africa" movements and impact of Africans on Atlantic world history.
Attribute/Distribution: HU

AAS 331 (HIST 331) United States and Africa 3,4 Credits

Reciprocal relationships between North America and the African continent from the slave trade in the seventeenth century to the twentieth century Afrocentric movement; impact of Americans on shaping of modern Africa, Pan-African relations; influence of African Americans on U.S. policies toward Africa.
Attribute/Distribution: SS

AAS 332 (HIST 332) Slavery and the American South 3-4 Credits

The emergence and demise of the “peculiar institution” of African American slavery in British North America and the Old South. African background, colonial beginnings, 19th century slave community, the ruling race and proslavery ideology, the death of slavery and its aftermath, slavery and freedom in a comparative context.
Attribute/Distribution: SS

AAS 333 (JOUR 333) Reporting the Crises: Identity, Journalism and Power 4 Credits

This seminar helps students understand the role of journalists, media-makers and citizens at the intersection of identity and inequality in times of crisis. It covers issues of race, class and gender with a specific emphasis on anti-Black racism, showing how media can be consciously or unwittingly used to further discrimination and support ongoing structures and patterns of harm. Ultimately students will explore how new media platforms, organizations and workers might undertake more equitable practices for a more equal media future.
Attribute/Distribution: SS

AAS 341 (GS 341, HIST 341) Global Africa: Aid, Volunteerism, NGO's and International Studies 3,4 Credits

This course traces the origins of Aid to Africa, explores various volunteer activities, and investigates the role of NGOs, missionaries, philanthropists, medical practitioners, and global education. It examines the ways that cross-cultural interactions and exchanges between Africans and foreigners shaped African societies both positively and negatively.
Attribute/Distribution: SS

AAS 343 (ASIA 343, GS 343, POLS 343) Global Politics of Race: Asia and Africa 4 Credits

An examination of the concept of "race" and its impact on domestic and international politics.
Attribute/Distribution: SS

AAS 345 (SOC 345) Colonialism and the Black Radical Tradition 4 Credits

Karl Marx was not the only figure who developed an influential theory of social revolution. A cadre of theorists from the Global South have extensively theorized about the issues facing their particular nations, and they have developed social theories that have challenged social and global inequality. This course is a theory based course that will focus on the anti-colonial and post-colonial thought of radical black intellectuals from the Black America, the Caribbean, and West Africa.
Attribute/Distribution: SS

AAS 371 Independent Study 1-4 Credits

Independent study in advanced areas of Africana Studies. Independent research with an individual faculty member in the Africana Studies program. Consent of director.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.
Attribute/Distribution: HU, SS

AAS 375 (COMM 375) Global Media and Culture 4 Credits

Cultural Studies investigates dominant understandings; issues of identity and experience; and society. A Cultural Studies approach to understanding representations of difference in global media. Focus will center upon the role of media in shaping the contemporary dominant understandings of various groups in a globalized world; introductions to philosophies and theories that function as fundamental texts on the relationship between media, social life and human behavior; and the ways in which media socially construct a new, globalized reality.
Attribute/Distribution: SS

AAS 379 Race and Class in America 4 Credits

This course focuses on the ways in which race and class intersect in the social, economic, and political structures of American society. Through sociological literature, fiction, nonfiction, film, and other media we will explore the place of race and class in American society. We will examine how race and class operate on a personal, "micro" level, while at the same time operating on a large scale, "macro" level.
Attribute/Distribution: SS

AAS 382 Seminar on a topic in Africana Studies 1-4 Credits

Attribute/Distribution: ND

AAS 389 Seminar in Africana Studies 4 Credits

An upper-level seminar in Africana Studies will serve as a Capstone experience for Africana Studies majors. The course is also open to non-majors who want to develop their research skills on topics relevant to Africana Studies. The course will expand on students’ understanding of Africana Studies based on their prior AAS coursework and will guide them through a research project. Consent of department required.
Attribute/Distribution: HU, SS

AAS 390 Honors Thesis 1-4 Credits

Directed undergraduate research thesis required of Africana Studies majors who apply for and qualify for graduation with program honors. Students must complete a minimum of 4 Honors Thesis credits and attain a 3.5 grade point average in the major and a 3.2 grade point average overall. Permission of the program director required.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.

AAS 391 Special Topics in Africana Studies 3-4 Credits

A topic, genre, or approach in literature or writing not covered in other courses.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.
Attribute/Distribution: HU, SS

Professors. Terry-Ann Jones, PhD (University of Miami); Jennifer Swann, PhD (Northwestern University)

Associate Professors. Lyndon Dominique, PhD (Princeton University); Kwame Essien, PhD (University of Texas at Austin); Stephanie Watts, PhD (University of Missouri Columbia)

Assistant Professor. Valerie Taylor, PhD (Stanford University)

Professor Of Practice. John Vilanova, PhD (University of Pennsylvania)

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