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Africana Studies

2013-14 FINALIZED 2-3-14 

TODD CLEVELAND, Assistant Professor (History)
B.A., M.A., New Hampshire; Ph.D., Minnesota

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

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

CHRISTOPHER WHITT, Assistant 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.


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
HIST-140 (PP,G) History of Africa to the Atlantic Slave Trade
HIST-141 (PP,G) The History of Africa from the Transatlantic Slave Trade to Modern Times 
COMM-210 (PS,D) Communication and Social Relationships 
ENGL-237  (PH,D) Introduction to African-American Literature
HIST-273 (PP) African-American History 
FREN-310 (PP) Immigration and Minority Communities in France since 1945
WLIT-310 (PL,G) Contemporary African Literature
RELG-313 (PS,D) Race, Ethnicity and Religion
MUSC-316 (PA,D) African-American Music
WGST-320 (PL,D) Life Writing 
SOC-321 (D) American Ethnic Minorities
WLIT-326 (PL) Francophone Africa and the Caribbean 
ENGL-333 (PL,G) Topics in Anglophone Literature
ART-342 (PA,G) Studio Art of Africa
MUSC-342 (PH,G) The Music and Culture of West Africa
ANTH-352 (PS,G) Peoples and Cultures of Africa
ENGL-361 (PH,D) Contemporary African-American Literature
POLS-362 (PP,D) Constitutional Law II: Issues of Equality
ARHI-374 (PP,G) African Art
ANTH-380 (G) Global Connections: Nations, Communities, Cultures
POLS-385 (PS,D) Race, Wealth and Inequality in American Politics
ECON-406 (PH,G) Economic Development
HIST-480 Blood Diamonds, Black Gold and Joe: The History of African Commodities