African and African-American Studies
Karnoutsos Hall, Room 505
The African and African-American Studies Department offers an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary program of study of the cultures and peoples of Africa and of African descent in the Americas. The department offers a minor program that explores the historical, social, political, and economic experiences of Africans and African-Americans. The objective of the program is to develop committed and well-trained teachers, scholars, and professionals. The program is recommended for liberal arts majors (e.g., Political Science, Sociology, History, English, and Economics), as well as for students pursuing degrees in education, criminal justice, law, business, and health sciences. Students who are interested in enhancing their ability to work effectively in urban areas will find this minor program to be a valuable and enriching experience. Students interested in developing a global understanding of today’s world will find the courses to be helpful in developing an important body of knowledge.
Jermaine McCalpin, Coordinator
Professor of African & African-American Studies
The University of the West Indies, B.Sc., M.Sc.; Brown University, M.A., Ph.D.
Deborah A. Sanders Professor of African and African American Studies Morgan State University, B.A.; Howard University, Ph.D.
Various discipline-specific concentrations that will prepare students for multiple fields of employment or areas of additional undergraduate/graduate study are noted below. Course requirements for each concentration are explained in detail. The requirements for graduation, in addition to completion of the major area, are listed on "Undergraduate Degree Requirements."
African and African-American Studies (AFRO)
AFRO 101 The African Diaspora (3 Credits)
This course will discuss the effects of the wide dispersal of African people to the Americas over the four centuries of European slave trading. The course will survey the African descendants in South America, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. The course will observe the extent to the dispersal of African people in the Americas and the effects of slavery on the culture of the African descendants. African cultural survivals exist in many places in the Americas and most especially in the Caribbean and South America. African culture can be seen in the art, music, literature, language, and dance of the African descendants in these areas. The course will survey the history and culture of the Africans in the Diaspora in an effort to understand the similarities and differences in the experiences of African descendants in various parts of the Americas.
AFRO 106 Black Identity and Culture (3 Credits)
This course of study offers a critical examination of the institutional, psychological and cultural and social forces which help to shape the identity and culture of people of African descent in Africa and in a New World.
AFRO 108 African American History (3 Credits)
This course is a chronological survey of the history and culture of peoples of African descent from ancient Africa to contemporary times in the U.S.
AFRO 118 The Black Experience (3 Credits)
This course offers an overview of the Black Experience through a historical and cultural examination of events and ideas, with particular emphasis upon the concept of Black identity, the relationship between Africans on the Continent and Africans in Diaspora, and a broad examination of the Arts and Humanities.
AFRO 125 African American History: From Africa to Emancipation (3 Credits)
African American History surveys some of the major themes in African American History. The course will include the study of Africa, the ancestral homeland of the African descendants in America population in the United States and the events that shaped the experiences of the African descendants in America until Emancipation in 1865. We will examine the slave trade as a major reason for the dispersal of Africans throughout the Americas and the impact of the slave trade and slavery on the world. The course follows the struggle of the African descendants from slavery to the Revolutionary War period, the Civil War, and Emancipation.
AFRO 140 African American History: From Emancipation to the Present (3 Credits)
The purpose of this course is to examine the African American experience in the United States from 1865 to the present. Prominent themes include the end of the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction; African American's migration patterns, discrimination and segregation, the development of the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Power Movement. The odyssey journey of African-Americans after Emancipation to present day will be explored.
AFRO 164 Introduction to African Civilizations (3 Credits)
This course offers students a survey of the vast mosaic of African civilizations from earliest times to the present, including the civilizations of Ancient Egypt and the Sudan as well as sub-Saharan Africa. Special emphasis is placed on those aspects of African Civilizations that have had the greatest effects on modern Africa and the larger world.
AFRO 215 American Civil Rights Movement (3 Credits)
The American Civil Rights Movement will examine one of the most transformative movements in U.S. history. The American Civil Rights Movement has challenged a democratic government to be more responsive to the needs of all constituents and constitutional, it has redefined forms of resistance and activism for generations of citizens excluded from the political process, and it has offered new conceptions of American citizenship. The course focuses upon ideology, the role of organizations, resources, leadership, gender and political culture.
AFRO 283 Organization of African Unity Model Assembly (3 Credits)
This course prepares students to participate in a model student conference of the Organization of African Unity. The four day conference hosted by Howard University in Washington, D.C., debates and discusses the problems of the 50 countries of the African continent.
AFRO 285 Modern Africa (3 Credits)
This course offers an analysis of post-1945 Africa focusing upon the political, economic, and social experiences of African Countries. (This will be a survey course dealing with the political-economy of north, east, west, central, and southern Africa.) The course traces the evolution of Africa from colonialism to political independence and analyzes the impact of these new states on international politics.
AFRO 296 Black Dance II (3 Credits)
AFRO 305 African American Women Writers (3 Credits)