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2211. Introduction to Africana Studies

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Cannot be taken for credit after passing AFRA 4994.

Grading Basis: Graded

Interdisciplinary overview of Africana studies, giving consideration to the artistic, intellectual, political and cultural experiences of black people in the United States, Caribbean, Europe, and Africa. Significant movements, ideas, people and events that have shaped and continue to shape Africa and the Diaspora.

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2214. African American Literature

Also offered as: ENGL 2214

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Critical and historical examination of the literature of African American writers from Phyllis Wheatley to the present. CA 4.

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2214W. African American Literature

Also offered as: ENGL 2214W

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Critical and historical examination of the literature of African American writers from Phyllis Wheatley to the present. CA 4.

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3033. Race and Policy

Also offered as: PP 3033, POLS 3633

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examination of contemporary public policy through the lens of race.

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3042. Baseball and Society: Politics, Economics, Race and Gender

Also offered as: HDFS 3042, WGSS 3042, AMST 3042

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Baseball in historical, political, sociological, and economic contexts. Topics may include: impact on individuals and families; racial discrimination and integration; labor relations; urbanization; roles of women; treatment of gay athletes; and implications of performance-enhancing drugs.

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3106. Black Psychology

Also offered as: PSYC 3106

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100; PSYC 1101 or 1103.

Grading Basis: Graded

Empirical and theoretical literature on psychological experiences of African Americans. Impact of race, culture, and ethnicity on psychological development. CA 4.

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3131. African American Theatre

Also offered as: DRAM 3131

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The significant developments in African American theatre and its antecedents and an examination of selected play scripts that exemplify those developments. CA 4.

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3206. Black Experience in the Americas

Also offered as: HIST 3206

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended Preparation: AFRA 3563/HIST 3563/HRTS 3563; AFRA 3564/HIST 3564, AFRA 3620/HIST 3620; or HIST 3609/LLAS 3609.

Grading Basis: Graded

Major themes in recent scholarship of African-descended communities in the Americas and their interconnection beyond geopolitical boundaries; race, gender, sexuality, class, religion, cultural movements and practices, slavery, political economy, political movements, and African consciousness, from historical perspective. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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3213W. Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century African American Literature

Also offered as: ENGL 3213W

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Broad historical survey of African American literature from its origins through the turn of the twentieth century. CA 4.

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3215. Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century African American Literature

Also offered as: ENGL 3215

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Broad historical survey of African American literature from the twentieth and twenty-first century. CA 4.

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3224. History of Pan Africanism

Also offered as: HIST 3770

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: At least one of the following, HIST 3752, 3753, 3563 or 3564.

Grading Basis: Graded

The development of ideas of Pan-Africanism, beginning with the proto-Pan-Africanists in the nineteenth century; examination of the linkages between those ideas in Africa and the evolution of Pan-Africanism as a movement in the African Diaspora.

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3295. Special Topics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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3299. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Supervised reading and writing on a subject of special interest to the student.

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3501. Ethnicity and Race

Also offered as: SOCI 3501

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Ethnic groups, their interrelations, assimilation, and pluralism. Culture, and identity that arise from differences in race, religion, nationality, region, and language.

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3505. White Racism

Also offered as: SOCI 3505, HRTS 3505

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

The origin, nature, and consequences of white racism as a central and enduring social principle around which the United States and other modern societies are structured and evolve. CA 4.

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3563. African American History to 1865

Also offered as: HIST 3563, HRTS 3563

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

History of African-American people to 1865, from their West African roots, to their presence in colonial America, through enslavement and emancipation. Adaptation and resistance to their conditions in North America. Contributions by black people to the development of the United States.

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3564. African American History Since 1865

Also offered as: HIST 3564

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

History of African-American people since the Civil war. Contributions by black people to American development. African-American activity in international arenas.

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3642. African American Politics

Also offered as: POLS 3642

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Political behavior, theory, and ideology of African-Americans, with emphasis on contemporary U.S. politics. CA 4.

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3647. Black Leadership and Civil Rights

Also offered as: POLS 3647

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Black leadership, emphasizing the principles, goals, and strategies used by African-American men and women to secure basic citizenship rights during the civil rights era.

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3652. Black Feminist Politics

Also offered as: POLS 3652, WGSS 3652

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

An introduction to major philosophical and theoretical debates at the core of black feminist thought, emphasizing the ways in which interlocking systems of oppression uphold and sustain each other.

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3752. History of Pre Colonial Africa

Also offered as: HIST 3752

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The history of pre-colonial Africa with particular attention to the rise and fall of African Kingdoms, interaction between different ethnic groups, African trade with other continents, and the impact of foreigners on African societies.

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3753. History of Modern Africa

Also offered as: HIST 3753

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The history of African perceptions of and responses to the abolition of the slave trade, Western imperialism and colonialism, and the development of nationalism and struggle for independence.

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3825. African Americans and Social Protest

Also offered as: SOCI 3825, HRTS 3825

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Social and economic-justice movements, from the beginning of the Civil Rights movement to the present.

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3898. Variable Topics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change of topic, may be repeated for credit.

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4994W. Senior Seminar

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: AFRA 3211; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open only to AFRA majors in their senior year.

Grading Basis: Graded

Critical training and comprehensive examination of African American studies, using primary and secondary sources. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit. SM-11/9/09

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