LSA Course Guide Search Results: UG, Fall 2012, Subject = AAS

The Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) provides students an opportunity to examine the histories, social organizations, cultures, and arts of people of African descent, particularly those of Africa, the United States, and the Caribbean. While encouraging comparative analysis of the diverse cultural and social traditions derived from Africa, courses also bring attention to current theories, methodologies, and research on race, cultural identity, socioeconomic class, gender, and sexuality in relation to African, African American, and Afro-Caribbean experiences. In addition to exploring the historical cultures of Africa and its Diaspora, students also have opportunities to study contemporary issues treated in such professional fields as public policy, urban planning, education, environmental studies, information technology, and health sciences.

Roster of AAS Area and Cross-Area Courses

  • African Studies Courses: 108, 200, 246, 247, 355, 380, 385, 403, 404, 408, 422, 427, 440, 449, 453, 479, 562, 595.
  • African-American Studies Courses: 201, 203, 204, 214, 230, 231, 274, 303, 321, 326, 327, 329, 333, 334, 335, 336, 338, 340, 341, 342, 357, 360, 370, 400, 418, 425, 434, 435, 450, 451, 452, 454, 457, 459, 465, 475, 476, 486, 489, 521, 533.
  • Afro-Caribbean Studies: 202, 384, 439, 442, 444, 464, 478.
  • Cross-Area Courses: 103, 104, 111, 306, 331, 322, 332, 348, 361, 394, 410, 420, 426, 430, 431, 470, 477, 495.

Learn an African Language

The Department of Afroamerican and African Studies offers elementary and intermediate language instruction in the following languages: Akan, Bambara, Swahili, Wolof, and Zulu.

  • Swahili is spoken in Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Congo and the Comoros Islands. The sequence provides students with a solid knowledge of Swahili morphology and syntax, functional vocabulary, and practice in speaking and writing. It covers many facets of the East African cultures in which it is spoken.
  • Akan, a major language of West Africa, is spoken by the Akan people of Ghana, and in the Ivory Coast.
  • Bambara is spoken in West Africa especially in Mali and Burkina Faso, Guinea-Conakry, Côte D’Ivoire and Senegal. Instruction is given in both Bambara language and culture.
  • Wolof is spoken in Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, and Guinea-Bissau. Instruction is given in both Wolof language and culture.
  • Zulu is spoken in South Africa and the neighboring countries of Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Lesotho. Instruction is given in both Zulu language and culture.

Swahili is offered under AAS 115, 116, 215, 216; Akan, Bambara, Wolof, and Zulu are offered under AAS 125, 126, 225, 226.

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