Courses

All Undergraduate Courses

CURRICULAR CATEGORY COURSE # COURSE TITLE COURSE DESCRIPTION
Core 210-0 Survey of African American Literature  Literature of blacks from slavery to freedom. Works of major writers and significant but unsung bards of the past.
Core 211-0 Literatures of the Black World Introductory survey of fiction, poetry, drama, folktales, and other literary forms of Africa and the African diaspora. Texts may span the precolonial, colonial, and postcolonial periods and will cover central themes, such as memory,
trauma, spirituality, struggle, identity, freedom, and humor.
Core 212-1 Intro to African American History 1 1. Key concepts in African American history from 1700 to 1861. Includes African origins; the Atlantic slave trade; origins of slaving and racism in the United States; life under slavery in the North and South; and religion, family, culture, and resistance. 2. Key concepts in African American history from emancipation to the beginnings of the civil rights era. Focus on constructions of class, gender, and community; the rise of Jim Crow; strategies of protest; and migration and urbanization. Taught with HISTORY 212; students may not earn credit for both courses.
Core 212-2 Intro to African American History 2 See Above
Core 213-0 History of the Black World Introductory survey of the history of Africans and their descendants across the globe. African civilizations prior to European colonialism, encounters between Africa and Europe, movements of “Africans” to the Americas and elsewhere, and
development of black communities in and outside Africa.
Core 214 Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies Problems and experiences of racialized minorities: blacks, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Latina/os. Comparison of their relationships with each other and with the majority society.
Core 215 Intro to Black Social and Political Life Analysis of class, gender, sexuality, immigrant status, and ethnic origin in black society and politics. Focus on demographic trends, lived experiences, and ideological debates.
Core 236 Intro to African American Studies Key texts and concepts in African American studies from a range of disciplinary perspectives.
Core 245 The Black Diaspora and Transnationality Examination of events, movements, theories, and texts that have shaped the development of the African diaspora. Topics include slavery; abolitionism; Pan-Africanism; the culture/politics nexus; hip-hop; AIDS; linkages among gender, sexuality, and diasporic sensibilities.
Elective 218 Asian-Black Historical Relations in the U.S. Comparative historical analysis of Asian-black relations in the United States, including racialized and sexualized discourses structuring interracial relations and social, political, and economic location. Slavery, immigration, model minority myth, cross-racial politics. Taught with ASIAN AM 218; students may not earn credit for both courses.
Elective 220 Civil Rights and Black Liberation The Northern and Southern civil rights movements and the rise of black nationalism and feminism, 1945-72.
Elective 225 African American Culture Survey of African American culture from slavery to the present. Relation of African American culture to African and Euro-American cultures; the Black Atlantic as a unit of analysis; and representations of blackness in the public imagination.
Elective 250 Race, Class, and Gender Introduction to scholarship and key theories that treat race, class, and gender as intersecting social constructs. Includes analysis of race, class, and gender in: work; family and reproduction; education; poverty; sexuality; and consumer culture. Examines how race, class, and gender inform identity, ideology, and politics to incite social change.
Elective 251 The Mixed Race Experience Exploration of demographic and interracial and interethnic marriage trends in various US Asian, white, and black communities to highlight the complexity of the American experience. Special attention to mixed-race experience portrayed in film and novels. Taught with ASIAN AM 251; students may not earn credit for both courses.
Elective 259 Intro to African American Drama Thematic and historical survey of African American drama. Covers sociopolitical context; the aesthetic reflected in the work; and impact on African American and general theater audiences.
Elective 261 Queer Literatures in the African Diaspora Advanced introduction to critical theories of race, gender, and sexuality in the African Diaspora from the 19th century to today.
Elective 310 Contemporary Asian-Black Relations Examines divides between Asians and blacks; areas of positive crosscultural collaboration. Historical analysis of reparations, the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and affirmative action. Crossracial exchange in youth expressions, popular culture, and hip hop. Taught with ASIAN AM 310; students may not earn credit for both courses.
Elective 315 Religion in the Black Atlantic Afro-Atlantic religions since the 1400s; traditions of Orisa devotion and monotheisms; religion and revolution in African slave religion; racialization and empire; theories of religion, materialities, and diaspora.
Elective 319 Race, Ethnicity, and the American Constitution Investigation of how race and ethnicity have influenced the evolution of the U.S. Constitution and legal debate and practice. Topics include affirmative action, school integration, and the death penalty. Prerequisite: 220, POLi SCI 220, or POLi SCI 230.
Elective 320 The Social Meaning of Race Race as a social concept and recurrent cause of differentiation in multiracial societies. Impact of race on social, cultural, economic, and political institutions. Discussion of prejudice, racism, and discrimination.
Elective 327 Politics of Black Popular Culture Examination of the debates within African American communities about the proper role and function of black art and artists in relation to black politics.
Elective 330 Black Women in 20th Century United States Experiences and leadership of African American women in major events in recent history, including anti-lynching, women's suffrage, civil rights movements, and World War II.
Elective 331 The African American Novel Readings in classic black American fiction and studying the author as creator and participant. Includes the works of Wright, Ellison, Baldwin, and others. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.
Elective 334 Gender and Black Masculinity Perceptions and constructions of black masculinity within African American and "American" cultures in the United States; readings in gender and sexuality studies, feminist theory, African American studies, and cultural studies.
Elective 339 Unsettling Whiteness Making the historical, political, and cultural formation of whiteness in western
modernity visible and narratable for commentary and analysis. Particular reference to contemporary culture.
Elective 335 Race and Literature in 19th Century America Examination of the evolution and persistence of the notion of "race" in 19th-century America, with attention to the origins of the idea of race in the West. Focus on the multiracial character of 19th-century America.
Elective 342 Comparative Slavery Traces slavery across historical epochs and geographic contexts, with an emphasis on Latin America, the Caribbean, and the territories that became the United States.
Elective 345 Afro-Latin America Afro-Latin communities, cultures, and identities throughout Latin America and the Hispanic diaspora after 1800. Emergence of race and nation in modern Latin America, migration, gender, Afro-Latin spiritual systems and religion, family, and politics.
Elective 348 Africans in Colonial Latin America History of Africans and African-descended people throughout Latin America from 1492 to 1800, emphasizing the varied experiences of slavery and freedom struggles, the emergence of race and colonial categories of difference, and the
gendered lives of racialized colonial subjects. 
Elective 350 Theorizing Blackness Advanced introduction to critical theories of race and racialization. Investigation of blackness as a category of critical analysis for analyzing Afro-diasporic formations. Consideration of how blackness is shaped by gender, class, sexuality, and nationality.
Elective 355 Diaspora Studies Interdisciplinary examination of the significance of diasporas, their histories, and common dynamics, illustrated with examples drawn from a wide range of cases.
Elective 357 Performing Memory in the Black World Exploration of the ways in which peoples of the Black Atlantic remember slavery and fashion identities through novels, film, folktales, and drama.
Elective 360 Major Authors In-depth examination of a selected author's body of work. Choice of author varies. May be repeated for credit with change of author.
Elective 363 Racism in Western Modernity Impact of racism in the formation of Western modernity. Critical conceptual and historical analyses of the social formation of “race” and the historical implications of racism in the contemporary West.
Elective 365 Black Chicago Surveys the social, cultural, and political history of African Americans in Chicago, including: the Great Migration; the black political machine; black Chicago music; racial segregation; internal class stratification; and the role of black churches.
Elective 375 Postcolonial African American Studies Develops critical approaches to African American studies from the perspectives of postcolonial analysis. In particular, examines the meaning of the colonial in the formation of African American experiences and the significance of modernity, race, and black politics in the historical contexts of the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Elective 378 Harlem Renaissance African American political and social movements and cultural production in theater, music, visual arts, and literature from 1915 to 1930. Prerequisites: 210-0 or another African American literature course.
Elective 379 Black Women Writers Intensive, multigenre examination of the contribution of black women to African American, women's, and American literature, with consideration of the factors and figures that have influenced the reception of black women's writings across time.
Elective 380 Topics in African American Studies Advanced work on social, cultural, or historical topics. May be repeated for credit with different topic. Prerequisite: advanced student or senior.
Elective 381 Topics in Transnational Black Studies Examination of texts such as novels, poetry, film, drama, slave narratives, political manifestos, and historical texts in order to compare how people from across the African diaspora have approached issues of identity, culture, and community.
Prerequisite: advanced student or senior standing.
Senior-level 390 Research in African American Studies Methods of researching the African American experience. Identification of research problems; location, selection, and critique of relevant literature; data gathering and analysis; report writing. Topics vary. Prerequisite: advanced student or senior standing.
Senior-level 394 Professional Linkage Seminar Description missing from Catalog
Senior-level 396 Internship in African American Studies Topics vary by instructor.
Senior-level 399 Independent Study Open to advanced students with consent of instructor. Prerequisite: advanced student or senior standing.