A listing of offered courses follows with prerequisites. The credit value of each course is represented by the number in brackets.
Reading and discussion of selected poetry and prose, with special emphasis on the works of major figures such as Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker.
This course has as its premise that the work of contemporary African American women writers—such as Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Gloria Naylor, Paule Marshall, and Sherley Anne Williams—can be interpreted in the context of an identifiable literary tradition with sources in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The course will look at the construction of this tradition in terms of specific literary themes and techniques, from “signifying” to communities of women that have been theorized by feminist and African American scholars. Prerequisites: GS 100; and either one 200-level literature course, or AFS 110 or AFS 111; or permission of instructor.
This course examines African American autobiographies from the early narratives of Douglass, Jacobs and Washington to the self-conscious, lyrical texts of the 1960's and 1970's. The course also introduces students to theories of autobiography and the written self. Prerequisite: Any 200-level literature class or permission of the instructor.
An examination of the broad contours of the history of African Americans in the United States, with primary focus on the period from 1865 to the present. Topics include African American culture, resistance to slavery, black Americans and the military, civil rights, American apartheid, and African Americans and the United States political economy. Prerequisite: HIS 100 or HIS 130 or HIS 131, or permission of department chair.
Examination of the political process of the contemporary American city from precinct to city council and city hall. Considers such topics as the social and economic characteristics of urban population and leadership; economic and ethnic interests, groups, and conflicts; and the interplay of interest groups, political parties, and government in response to problems of contemporary urban life.
An interdisciplinary examination of the colonial origins, Cold War/post–Cold War context for emergence as independent states, and contemporary political issues in the two-thirds of the world we call the Third World. Emphasis on the meaning of development and obstacles to attaining it. Consideration also of internal colonialism, or “the Third World in our backyard,” such as Native Americans, ex-slaves, and immigrants from the Third World living in developed countries. Prerequisite: Any 100-level POL course or permission of instructor.
AFS 323/POL 323 Caribbean Politics 
Analysis of contemporary Caribbean politics. Focus on problems of decolonization, race, and class against the historical backdrop of colonialism and slavery. Prerequisite: POL 105 or permission of instructor. POL 220 or POL 222 recommended.
This course will examine the diversity of the Caribbean American culture, the impact of colonization and slavery on the family structure, the pattern of migration, culture shock, and other adjustment issues for families; and the implications of these factors for education, politics, and social relations within the Caribbean American communities and their interaction with the host society.
A social-historical analysis of the impact of race and ethnicity upon the distribution of power, opportunity and privilege in a social structure. Major theoretical perspectives on racial and ethnic prejudice and discrimination will be examined along with the diverse patterns of interracial and interethnic contact that develop in different societies. The course will also focus on the politics of minority status, studying the growth and development of social movements that have challenged the legitimacy of racial and ethnic stratification.
Prerequisite AFR 110
Prerequisite AFR 131
Prerequisite APC 122 & APC 123
Prerequisite AFR 222
An examination of the distinct and continuous tradition of African American culture that has existed historically and continues to do so as a separate entity within the larger cultural framework of American society. Emphasis on the metamorphosis of aspects of continental African culture into African American culture. Perspectives on black music, art, language, religion, and social mores.
Open to seniors who have taken no fewer than 21 credits in the program and who have earned a minimum grade point aver-age of 3.0 in their major. The student must prepare a senior thesis under the supervision of a faculty member chosen in consultation with the coordinator of Africana studies. The student will be required to defend this thesis before an Honors Committee approved by the Africana Studies General Advisory Committee.