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Africana Studies

Courses in Africana Studies

AFST 100

Introduction to Africana Studies

(Previously BLST 100, Introduction to Black Studies) Designed as the gateway to Africana Studies, this course is an interdisciplinary exploration of the collective experience of blacks in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States. The course seeks to provide students an intellectual framework for engagement in a process of self-discovery and for achieving a more global understanding of the unique ways in which Africans and peoples of African descent have constituted our world. The course, which introduces important theoretical approaches and builds critical and analytical skills, provides an overview of the historical, socio-economic and cultural dynamics of black life.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Social Science-or-Privilege, Power And Diversity 1 course

AFST 281

History of the Black Atlantic

An exploration of the historical foundations and the development of black life in Africa and its later diffusion in the Black Diaspora. Its purview will range from pre-colonial dynamics to the more contemporary manifestations of global Black History in North America, Europe, the Caribbean, Central America, Latin America and Melanesia. Topics may include: African cultures before European contact, the slave trade and its impact on Africa and the Atlantic economy, the middle passage, internal migration in Africa and case studies of the creation of diasporic communities and cultures. Cross-listed with HIST 281.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Social Science-or-Privilege, Power And Diversity 1 course

AFST 290

Topics in Africana Studies

This course explores some issue, theme or period related to Africana Studies. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2-1 course

AFST 390

Advanced Topics in Africana Studies

An interdisciplinary study of some significant issue, theme or period relevant to Africana Studies. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2-1 course

AFST 480

Senior Project

Students work with the director of Africana Studies or a faculty member who teaches in the program to complete a major project or paper that focuses on some aspect of the Africana experience.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

AFST 490

Independent Study

An in-depth directed study under the guidance of a faculty member associated with the Africana Studies program, using Africana Studies' methodologies and scholarship.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2-1 course