A minor in Africana Studies requires 18 hours of coursework.
Course Catalog information and full descriptions of courses can be found here.
Students should contact the director if they have questions about additional courses that may count towards the minor.
This includes a 6-hour core consisting of at least one course in Minority Studies and one course from African Studies:
Minority Studies - One course
CRMJ 3170 - Minorities and Criminal Justice
PSPS 3320 - Civil Liberties
PSY 2420 - Psychology of Black Experience
SOC 3050 - Race and Ethnicity
SOC 3450 - Social Inequality
African Studies - One course
ENGL 3560 - African Literature
HIST 2610 - History of Sub-Saharan Africa to c. 1800
HIST 2620 - History of Sub-Saharan Africa since 1800
The remaining 12 hours may be taken from any of the above courses, or from the following:
COMM 3240 - Race, Gender and the Media
ENGL 2520 - African-American Literature
ENGL 3230 - African-American Slave Narrative Tradition
HIST 2850 - Colonial Latin America
HIST 2860 - Latin America from Independence to the Present
MUS 3170 - Survey of Jazz
MUS 3200 - African American Music: An Introduction
Africana Studies Classes Spring 2022
Languages and Literatures:
ENGL 3510: The Harlem Renaissance, taught by Prof. Aaron Shaheen
An in-depth study of the African American literature produced mainly in Harlem in the 1920s and 30s. The course focuses on the literary, historical, social, and political impact of this movement. Major figures of study may include James Weldon Johnson, Alain Locke, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Nella Larsen, Claude McKay, and Marita Bonner.
ENGL 3560: African Literature, taught by Prof. James Arnett
A study of selections from the literature of Africa. Emphasis on historical fiction and the oral tradition.
ENGL 4010: Modern Poetry (Focus on Contemporary African Poetry), taught by Prof. James Arnett
SPAN 4020R: Afro-Hispanic Literature in Spanish, taught by Prof. Carmen Jimenez
This course is a survey of primary and secondary texts written by, and/or about Spanish speaking people of African heritage. The course will start with literary readings about Blacks in Spain, starting with El Lazarillo (1554), and finish with very recent authors from Spanish America. This course is taught in Spanish.
LTAM 2200: Afro-Latino Voices: The Caribbean and Beyond (in English), taught by Prof. Carmen Jimenez
This course is a survey of primary and secondary texts written by, and/or about mainly Spanish speaking people of African heritage. Some Caribbean texts written originally in English, and other translated from the French and the Portuguese into English will be studied in the course as well. This course is taught in English. Main topics will include identity, gender, race, resistance, and representations.
HIST 3470: American Pop Culture, taught by Prof. Will Kuby
This course will examine the relationship between popular culture (e.g. music, print culture, theater, dance, radio, cinema, television, fashion, sport, etc.) and broader social, political, and economic developments in U.S. history. Students will study the creation of these popular sources, as well as the ways in which Americans have understood and made use of them through the decades. We will pay particular attention to the connection between race and popular culture, and to the creation (and appropriation) of African American cultural forms. Through readings, class discussions, and essay assignments, students will become well versed in placing cultural sources within their proper historical context, and in using popular cultural sources to make sense of the American past.
HIST 3940R: Revolutionary Latin America, taught by Prof. Eddie Brudney
HIST HIST 4500R: Food in Southern History, taught by Prof. Mark Johnson
This course presents students with an opportunity to explore the history of the American South through its foodways with attention to historic and contemporary race relations, gender roles, migration and immigration patterns, urbanization and industrialization, and other major historical phenomena. In this class, students will critically examine southern foodways, which refers to study of why and what people eat and its meaning. It entails many different processes: cultivation and production, distribution, marketing, preparation, and consumption. By studying southern foodways, students will learn also learn about climate, labor systems, government intervention, and more. This class has an experiential learning designation from the Walker Center for Teaching and Learning.
SOC 3050: Race and Ethnicity, taught by Prof. Chandra Ward
This course explores how race and ethnicity are socially constructed, focusing primarily on its iterations in the United States. Students will understand how race and ethnicity are linked to social power and inequality, and discuss issues such as immigration, identity formation, and inter-group relations (including racism). Prerequisites SOC 1250 or SOC 1510 with a minimum grade of C or department head approval.
PSPS 4051: Black Political Thought, taught by Prof. Leniece Smith (Online)
This class will examine how Black thinkers—historic and contemporary—have attempted to determine: What is justice? What is equality? What is fairness? And what is the appropriate role of government in securing these essential elements of citizenship? Not only will we listen to the voices of these philosophers, but we will also examine the major streams of Black political thought to understand how they influence the current discussions about these issues. This course counts for the department’s theory requirement.
PSPS 4200R: Drugs in America: Politics and Policy, taught by Prof. Jeremy Strickler
This course will explore the political development of U.S. drug policy and its effects on American democracy. Throughout, we will analyze the conflicting political dynamics of responding to drug use as a public health problem vs. a criminal problem. In the first part of the course, we will investigate the various ways the federal government has attempted to regulate drugs over time, paying close attention to the tension between drug enforcement and drug treatment. Of interest is the interplay of key political, social, and economic factors that explain the rise of the “War on Drugs” as a policy regime. Turning to the second part, we examine the broader effects and costs of U.S. drug policy, with a critical eye towards the rise of mass incarceration and racial disparities in policy implementation, the origins and policies behind the opioid crisis, and the disastrous implications for American foreign policy. Finally, the last part of the course will introduce alternatives to the War on Drugs. We will discuss the potential for political reform of U.S. drug control policy in theory and practice, emphasizing the need for a turn toward initiatives and movements centered on racial justice and the philosophy of harm reduction.
The Constitution of the United States is full of contradictions that our legal system has spent the last 230 plus years attempting to reconcile. We promise equality for all and are rooted in a belief in the natural rights of life, liberty, and property, but have a political system that was founded on the compromise of chattel slavery, based on race. How have we navigated this tension and how does this history and process help us understand and resolve the racial conflicts and inequities that plaque our nation in 2020? Rooted in Dr. Deardorff's current book project, this class will look at how we have historically and currently address questions of equality and inequality. While this class will certainly address the seminal cases addressing African Americans, we will also look at the constitutional questions affecting Asian-Americans, Latinx citizens and residents, and Native Americans and such contemporary issues as: the racial construction of citizenship, the role of whiteness in the Constitution, racial identity versus cultural identity, multi-racial identities, how can we make this right, and the limits of the law in addressing inequality.