94-95 LS&A Bulletin

Afroamerican and African Studies

200 W. Engineering


Associate Professor Michael Awkward, Director

May be elected as an interdepartmental concentration program

Professors Chaffers (Urban Planning), Wagaw (Education), and Walton (Political Science)

Associate Professors Awkward (English), Dawson (Political Science), Kelley (History), Lewis (History), Patton (History of Art), Ross (English), and Whatley (Economics)

Assistant Professors Atkins (History), Barkley-Brown (History), Bonilla-Silva (Sociology), Quarcoopome (History of Art), Taylor (Natural Resources and Environment), and Ukadike (Communication)

Lecturers Chrisman (English) and Haniff (Women's Studies and Afroamerican and African Studies)

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, 334, 336, 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 macroeconomics).

Afroamerican and African Studies 200, 203, 322, 329, 330, 351, 402, 408, 413, 418, 424, 425, 426, 449, 450, 451, 453, 456, 457, 461, 463, 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 108, 204, 214, 274, 338, 340, 341, 342, 360, 361, 370, 380, 400, 401, 404, 406, 407, 433, 435, 440, 442, 464, 465, 466, 470, 475, 476, 489, 562, 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 241, 303, 325, 326, 327, 331, 335, 339, 403, 415, 420, 422, 423, 427, 430, 431, 434, 436, 439, 444, 452, 454, 459, 467, 478, 480, 481, 486, 487, 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 a 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. Students are encouraged to work closely with faculty advisors to develop a concentration plan consistent with individual needs. Advising 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 LSA Bulletin lists credits earned by undergraduates.

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

Courses in Afroamerican and African Studies (Division 311)

Introductory Courses

100. Introduction to Afro-American Studies. (4). (SS).

105. Introduction to African Studies. (4). (SS).

Historical Perspectives

230/Hist. 274. Survey of Afro-American History I. (3). (SS).

231/Hist. 275. Survey of Afro-American History II. (3). (SS).

333. Perspectives in Afro-American History. (4; 3 in the half-term). (Excl).

334/Hist. 365/Amer. Cult. 336. Popular Culture in Contemporary Black America. (3). (HU).

336/Women's Studies 336. Black Women in America. (3). (SS).

446/Hist. 446. Africa to 1850. (3). (SS).

448/Hist. 448. Africa Since 1850. (3). (SS).

Politics, Economics, and Development

203. Issues in Afro-American Development. (3). (SS).

322/NR&E 335. Introduction to Environmental Politics: Race, Class and Gender. (3). (SS).

329. Black American Leaders. (3). (Excl).

408. African Economies: Social and Political Settings. (4; 3 in the half-term). (Excl).

418/Pol. Sci. 419. Black Americans and the Political System. Two courses in political science or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

424/Anthro. 513. Urbanization and Technological Change in Africa. Junior standing or permission of instructor. (3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl).

425. Politics of Black Movements in America. CAAS 230 and 231; or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

426. Urban Redevelopment and Social Justice. (3). (SS).

449/Pol. Sci. 459. Africa: Development and Dependence. Prior or concurrent study of the Third World; Pol. Sci. 465 is recommended but not required. (3). (Excl).

450. Law, Race, and the Historical Process, I. (3). (Excl).

451. Law, Race and the Historical Process, II. CAAS 450. (3). (Excl).

453. Culture, Class, and Conflict in Southern Africa. (4). (Excl).

457/Econ. 476. Political Economy of Black America. Econ. 201. (3). (Excl).

461. Pan-Africanism, I. (3). (Excl).

477/NR&E 477. Women and the Environment. Junior standing. (3).

479/Pol. Sci. 479. International Relations of Africa. (3). (SS).

Literature and the Arts

108/Hist. of Art 108. Introduction to African Art. (3; 2 in the half-term). (HU).

214/Hist. of Art 214. Introduction to African-American Art. Hist. of Art 102 or CAAS 108 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

274/English 274. Introduction to Afro-American Literature. (3; 2 in the half-term). (HU).

338/English 320. Literature in Afro-American Culture. (3). (HU).

341/Theatre 222. Introduction to Black Theatre. (3). (HU).

342/Theatre 233. Acting and the Black Experience. Permission of instructor (brief interview). (3). (HU).

360. Afro-American Art. (3). (HU).

361. Comparative Black Art. CAAS 360. (3). (Excl).

370/Hist. of Art 370. Special Topics in African American Art. CAAS 108 and 214. (3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl).

380/Hist. of Art 360. Special Topics in African Art. CAAS 108 or 214. (3; 2 in the half-term) (Excl).

384(406)./Engl. 384/Amer. Cult. 406. Topics in Caribbean Literature. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

385(407)/Engl. 385. Topics in African Literature. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

400/MHM 457. The Music of Black Americans. Music background preferred. Undergraduates only. (3; 2 in the half-term). (HU).

401. Music and Afroamerican Culture. (3). (Excl).

404/Hist. of Art 404. The Art of Africa. (3). (Excl).

433/French 402. Francophone Literature in Translation. A literature course or any course dealing with the Black experience in Africa or the Americas. (3). (HU).

435/Hist. of Art 425. 20th Century African-American Art. CAAS 214 or Hist. of Art 272. (3; 2 in the half-term) (Excl).

440/Comm. 440. African Cinema. (3). (Excl).

442/Film-Video 442. Third World Cinema. (3). (Excl).

464/MHM 464. Music of the Caribbean. (3). (HU).

466. The Music of Africa. (3). (Excl).

470/Comm. 470. Cultural Issues in Cinema. (3). (HU).

475/Engl. 477. Early Afro-American Literature. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

476/Engl. 478. Contemporary Afro-American Literature. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

489/English 479. Topics in Afro-American Literature. CAAS 274 and/or 338 strongly recommended. (3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

562/Hist. of Art 560. African Art and Archaeology. CAAS 108 or 404. (3). (Excl).

Individual Behavior, Cultural Systems, and Social Organization

241/Women's Studies 231. Women of Color and Feminism. (3). (Excl).

303/Soc. 303. Race and Ethnic Relations. An introductory course in Sociology or CAAS. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Sociology 503. (4; 3 in the half-term). (SS). (This course fulfills the Race or Ethnicity Requirement).

326. The Black American Family. (3). (SS).

327/Psych. 315. Psychological Aspects of the Black Experience. One course in psychology or Afroamerican and African Studies. (3). (SS).

331/Psych. 316. The World of the Black Child. One course in psychology or Afroamerican and African Studies. (3). (Excl).

335/Religion 310. Religion in the Afro-American Experience. (3). (HU).

339/Ling. 339. African American Languages and Dialects. (3). (Excl).

403. Education and Development in Africa. (3). (Excl).

420/Anthro. 347. Race and Ethnicity. Junior standing. (3; 2 in the half-term). (SS).

422/Anthro. 411. African Culture. Junior standing or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

427/Anthro. 427/Women's Studies 427. African Women. One course in African Studies, anthropology, or women's studies; or permission of instructor. (3). (SS).

430. Education and Cultures of the Black World. (3). (SS). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

431. Topics in Black Education. CAAS 430 recommended. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

439/Ling. 449. Creole Languages and Caribbean Identities. (3; 2 in the half-term) (Excl).

444/Anthro. 414. Introduction to Caribbean Societies and Cultures, I. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

452. Education of the Black Child. (3). (Excl).

454/Anthro. 453. African-American Culture. One introductory course in the social sciences. (3). (Excl).

459/Anthro. 451. African-American Religion. One introductory course in the social sciences. (3). (Excl).

478/Latin Amer. & Caribbean Stud. 400/Hist. 578. Ethnicity and Culture in Latin America. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

486. Communication Media in the Black World: Print Media (3). (Excl).

487. Communication Media in the Black World: Electronic Media. No credit granted to those who completed CAAS 486 in Winter Terms, 1990-93. (3). (Excl).

Independent Study and Special Topics

200. Issues in Afro-Caribbean Studies. CAAS 100 recommended. (3). (Excl).

358. Topics in Black World Studies. (3). (Excl). May be elected for a total of 6 credits.

410. Supervised Reading and Research. Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit with permission of the concentration advisor.

455. Seminar on Project and Research Planning. Upperclass standing. (3). (Excl).

458. Issues in Black World Studies. (3). (Excl). May be elected for a total of 6 credits.

490. Special Topics in Black World Studies. Junior standing or permission of instructor. (1-2). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

510. Supervised Research. Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit with permission of the concentration advisor.

558. Seminar in Black World Studies. Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

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