ANSO 211 Peoples of Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar

We all come from Africa, yet most of us know little about our origins and little about subsequent cultural developments on the continent and surrounding islands.  Those developments include not only a wide-ranging variety of subsistence strategies, but also the origins of numerous and diverse independent complex states across the continent.  This course provides an introduction to the prehistory, culture history, and contemporary cultures of sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar.  It also includes the study of various cultural practices and theoretical issues that have continued to fascinate an

INTS 254 South Africa through Documentary Film

This course will use documentary film to help understand the remarkable political transformation of South Africa in the 20th century.
When the first Europeans settled in South Africa in 1652 they laid the basis for a racial oligarchy which only ended in 1994 with the
election of Nelson Mandela as President of a "New" South Africa. Heretofore South Africa had been ruled by whites for the benefit of
whites with a system of racial domination called apartheid (from 1948) and which kept the white minority in power with a combination

ANSO 331 Race and Ethnicity in American Society

In this seminar course, students will explore how the socially-constructed catego-ries of race and ethnicity shape the lived experiences of people in the United States. We will address the roots and current expressions of racial prejudice and discrimination, examining how everyday racism and institutional racism produce and maintain inequality. Together, we will work to understand how race and ethnicity influence our identities and opportunities. Along the way, we will also critically assess how our actions can reproduce or work against racial inequality and injustice.

ANSO 333 Sociology of Hip-Hop

 This course uses an interdisciplinary and intersectional lens to examine the social, economic, and cultural significance of hip-hop domestically and globally in the post-civil rights era. Drawing on work in hip-hop studies and the fields of sociology, cultural studies, and gender studies, this course roots the genealogy of hip-hop in other musical forms and analyzes hip-hop as a modern and comprehensive expressive form that provides critical reflection on social phenomena.

Not open to first-year students. 

ENGL 364 Advanced African American Literature

The advanced course in African American literature will offer the student a focused study of a particular theme or topic within the
African American literary tradition. In addition to literary works, this course will engage historical and critical pieces. Varying by year,
subjects might include: African American Literary Theory, African American Satire, Black Existentialist Literature, the Harlem
Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, African American Modernism/Postmodernism, or any other focused examination of a topic or

ANSO 393 Black Feminist Thought

 This course explores the micro-level and institutional intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality from social scientific and humanistic perspectives by placing African American women’s thought at the center of class discourse. It maps the genealogy of African American feminist thought from early American “race women” to contemporary, “third-wave,” hip-hop, and digital black feminists. It will consider various instantiations of black feminist identity and activism and explore black feminist praxis.

Not open to first-year students.