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Africana Studies course catalog


LAUREN HAMMOND, Assistant Professor (History)
B.A., University of Virginia; M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

JOHN HILDRETH, Professor (Music)
B.A., Concordia (Fort Wayne); B.Mus., M.M., Roosevelt; Ph.D., Northwestern

MARIANO J. MAGALHÃES, Professor (Political Science)
B.A., The University of Iowa; Ph.D., The University of Iowa

JOHN PFAUTZ, Professor (Music)
B.S., Eastern Nazarene; M.M., Missouri; D.M.A., West Virginia

JOHN TAWIAH-BOATENG, Associate Professor (English)
B.A., University of Ghana; M.A., Dalhousie; Ph.D., Southern Illinois University

CHRISTOPHER WHITT, Associate Professor (Political Science)
B.A., Salisbury State; M.A., PhD., University of Maryland

MAJOR IN AFRICANA STUDIES. 27 credits, including AFSP-100 and AFSP-441/442. No more than 9 credits taken within the same departmental course code other than AFSP. Majors should take at least one 300-level course on the topic of both continental Africa and the Diaspora.

MINOR IN AFRICANA STUDIES. 18 credits, including 3 credits at the 200-level or higher. No more than 6 credits taken within the same departmental course code other than AFSP.

Grade Point Average Notation: All courses listed in the catalog as required courses for any major and/or minor, including those courses outside of the department or with a different subject coding, are considered part of the major and will count in the grade point average. Recommended supporting courses that are optional and not required may also count in the major depending on the program. For more information see your department chair or the degree requirements for Bachelor of Arts and information on Majors/Minors


AFSP-101 (PP,G) Introduction to Africana Studies (3)
Examination of histories and experiences of African peoples and their descendants throughout the globe. Exploration of the commonality of experience across the African Diaspora, examining global slavery, emancipation and the different ways Africans and their descendants continue to creatively survive and thrive in, and shape their new environments.

AFSP-441/442 Senior Inquiry(2/1)
Original research utilizing the methodologies appropriate to the department, area or concentration of the project. During the first term, students will examine relevant scholarship, reach critical conclusions and report these to the class. In the second term, students, in consultation with their faculty supervisor(s), will redact their findings into an acceptable format, defend their overall analysis and reflect upon the process and the conclusions reached. Prerequisites: senior standing and declared major in Africana studies.

Additional Courses
ANTH-100 (PS, G) Introduction to Anthropology
ANTH-352 (PS, G) Peoples and Cultures of Africa 
ANTH-380 (G) Global Connections: Nations, Communities, Cultures
ART-342 (PA, G) Studio Art of Africa 
ARHI-374  (PP, G) African Art 
COMM-210 (PS, D) Communication and Social Relationships  
COMM-330 (PH, G) Intercultural Communication 
ECON-406 (PH, G) Economic Development 
ENGL-237 (PH, D) Introduction to African-American Literature 
ENGL-333 (PL, G) Topics in Anglophone Literature
ENGL-361 (PH, D) Contemporary African-American Literature  
FREN-310 (PP) Immigration and Minority Communities in France since 1945 (when focus is on African diaspora)
HIST-177 (PP, G) World History (when taught by particular faculty) 
HIST-348 (PP, G) Colonialism and Imperialism 
HIST-373 (PP, D) African-American History 
MUSC-316 (PA, D) African-American Music
MUSC-342 (PH, G) The Music and Culture of West Africa
MUSC-343 (PA, D) Soundscapes (LC with ENGL 315 Literature for Learning Communities)
POLS-362 (PP, D) Constitutional Law II: Issues of Equality
POLS-385 (PS, D) Race, Wealth and Inequality in American Politics
RELG-313 (PS, D) Race, Ethnicity and Religion
SOC-321 (D) American Race and Ethnic Relations
WGST-320 (PL, D) Life Writing
WLIT-310 (PL, G) Contemporary African Literature
WLIT-326 (PL) Topics in French Literature (when focus is on Africa)

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