92-93 LS&A Bulletin

Afroamerican and African Studies

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Associate Professor Earl Lewis, Director

Dr. Evans Young, Assistant Director

May be elected as an interdepartmental concentration program

Professors Chaffers (Urban Planning), Owusu (Anthropology), and Wagaw (Education)

Associate Professors Awkward (English), Kelley (History), Patton (History of Art), and E. Wilson (Political Science)

Assistant Professors Atkins (History), Barkley-Brown (History), Clark (Anthropology), Dawson (Political Science), and Quarcoopome (History of Art)

Lecturers Chrisman (English), Haniff (Women's Studies and Afroamerican and African Studies), and Ukadike (Film and Video)

Adjunct Lecturers Lockard (Art) and Woods (Law).

Professor Emeritus Cruse (History)

The Program in Afroamerican and African Studies offers students the opportunity to analyze historical and contemporary cultures, conditions, problems, perspectives, and accomplishments of peoples of African descent, particularly those in Africa, the United States, and the Caribbean. The concentration is a multidisciplinary, interdepartmental program of study that includes historical, sociological, cultural, psychological, economic, and political approaches and perspectives.

Prerequisites to Concentration. Students planning to concentrate in Afroamerican and African Studies should elect CAAS 100 and CAAS 105 (Category A: Introductory Courses) by the end of the sophomore year. Students who receive a grade lower than "C" are ineligible for a concentration in Afroamerican and African Studies.

Concentration Program. Concentrators in Afroamerican and African Studies must take a minimum of 27 credits in post-introductory courses, including at least one course each from Groups I, II, III, and IV in Category B (Areas of Afroamerican and African Studies) and fulfill the requirements of Categories C (Geographical Areas of the Diaspora), D (Advanced Courses), and E (Junior/Senior Seminar).

A. Introductory Courses:

Afroamerican and African Studies 100 and 105

B. Areas of Afroamerican and African Studies: Concentrators must elect at least one course from each of the following four groups representing different modes of intellectual inquiry.

Group I: Historical Perspectives. Courses in Group I are intended to expose students to the concepts, methods, and skills associated with historical approaches to the Black experience, that is, the development over time of cultural and social formations. Typically, these courses combine humanistic and social science approaches to knowledge.

Afroamerican and African Studies 230, 231, 333, 412, 446, 447, 448, 531, 532, and 533

Group II: Politics, Economics, and Development. Courses in Group II are selected from those social sciences that typically explore human behavior in the context of large social structures and formations, that is, parties, nations, world-systems, and other large-scale economic and social institutions. The concepts, methods, and skills learned in these courses focus on the exploration of manifestations of human behavior en masse (e.g., voting behavior, legislatures, and macro-economics).

Afroamerican and African Studies 200, 203, 329, 330, 351, 402, 408, 413, 418, 424, 425, 426, 449, 450, 451, 453, 456, 457, 461, 479, and 561

Group III: Literature and the Arts. Courses in Group III expose students to the expressive components of Afro-American and African cultures represented in literature, music, and the arts. Courses in this group will provide students with the opportunity for broad, interdisciplinary inquiry into the cognitive, historical, institutional, and cultural dimensions of the various symbolic forms represented.

Afroamerican and African Studies 204, 338, 340, 360, 361, 400, 401, 404, 433, 465, 466, 475, 476, and 573

Group IV: Individual Behavior, Cultural Systems, and Social Organization. Courses in this group focus on the Black experience generally at the individual and small-group level. The main goals are to expose students to micro-analytic analyses of behavioral and psychological processes in their cultural context and the conceptual and methodological models characteristically used to study these issues in various disciplines (e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology). However, because individual and group behavior are influenced in significant ways by social-structural variables (e.g., macro-economic factors), these courses include discussions of broad social and economic issues and macro-level analyses to the extent that they help to explain and understand individual and group behavior.

Afroamerican and African Studies 325, 326, 327, 331, 336, 403, 415, 420, 422, 423, 427, 431, 434, 436, 444, 452, 467, 480, 481, and 574

C. Geographical Areas of the Diaspora: At least two courses on Blacks in the Americas (i.e., the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America) and at least two courses on Africans of the Continent. Courses that are comparative in nature may be used to satisfy this requirement. Courses used to fulfill this requirement also may be used to satisfy the requirement listed in Category B.

D. Advanced Courses: At least 21 credits in Afroamerican and African Studies courses numbered 300 or above. To achieve coherence in the concentration, students are expected to focus on one of the four modes of intellectual inquiry represented by the four groups in Category B. This means that the courses used to fulfill requirements in Category D should be selected principally from one of the four groups (e.g., Historical Perspectives). In addition, faculty advisors will assist students in identifying courses offered by other programs and departments that complement the students' programs of study in Afroamerican and African Studies.

E. Junior/Senior Seminar

Honors Concentration. Students who wish to pursue the Honors Concentration should apply to the Program by the end of the sophomore year. To be eligible, students must have an grade point average of 3.0 overall and 3.25 in courses in Afroamerican and African Studies. In addition to meeting all of the requirements for concentration in Afroamerican and African Studies as listed in this Bulletin, students are required to elect CAAS 410--Honors Tutorial, in the second term of the junior year (3 credits), and CAAS 510--Honors Thesis, in the first and second terms of the senior year (6 credits). For application and further information, students should contact the Honors advisor for Afroamerican and African Studies.

Advising and Counseling. Students are encouraged to work closely with faculty advisors to develop a concentration plan consistent with individual needs. Counseling appointments are scheduled at the Program Office.

Course Credit. Many 400- and 500-level courses are elected by undergraduate and, often for less credit, by graduate students. The LS&A Bulletin lists credits earned by undergraduates.

Half Term Information. Many courses are offered for reduced credit in half terms.

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