Anthropology, in the largest sense of the discipline, is the study of what it is to be human. In attempting to understand the diversity of thought and behavior that is characteristic of humans, we better understand ourselves, our potentials and our limitations.
Africana Studies is the convergence and coalescence of interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches to the study of Black Life on both sides of the Atlantic/across the Diaspora from the 17th century to the present. This course introduces participants to the field of Africana Studies through its key ideas, theoretical considerations, and substantive concerns.
This course serves as an introduction to the variety of music genres found in cultures around the world outside the Western art music
tradition. Students will be introduced not only to different musical styles, but also to their aesthetic foundations, relation to social and
cultural contexts, historical developments, and cross-cultural interactions and influences.
This course is a survey of African American musical traditions from colonial times to the present. Students will examine the development of these styles, paying particular attention to the way in which they fused cultures from around the globe. The influence of the music in the United States and around the world will also be studied.
This course is a survey of the variety of indigenous, folk, and art music of Latin America. Emphasis is on the sound of the music and on
the cultural and social contexts of various cultures and the historical development of music in Latin America from the colonial period to
Since Plato first warned against “feminizing” musical modes in his Republic, music has been an important location in Western culture for circulating ideologies of gender and sexuality. This course is an exploration of gender and sexuality in Western music, in both art and vernacular traditions. We will consider such topics as musical constructions of masculinity and femininity; the performance of gender; feminist music criticism; queer theory; castrati; and music as sexual politics.
An introduction to the reading and analysis of African literatures written in French. The course examines identity/otherness, “race,” cultural hegemony, oral literatures, gender-related issues, and post-colonialism. No prior knowledge of French is necessary: All works are read and discussed in English. Open to seniors with permission of instructor only.
An introduction to the diverse cultural, social, and political realities of Latin America and the Caribbean. The region is examined from an interdisciplinary perspective that draws on the fields of literature, anthropology, sociology, history, and international studies. Major topics covered in the course include gender, ethnicity, religion, magical realism, immigration, revolution, dictatorship, and human rights. The course is intended as a broad overview of Latin American studies.
An introductory course of modern Chinese literature (1918-1989) designed to acquaint students with major phases of modern Chinese
literature and some masterpieces of representative writers in relation to political and social changes. The course provides opportunities to
learn about modern Chinese culture, society, and politics through readings of chosen works and trains students to read thoughtfully and
critically. The course is taught in English. Chinese 305 is reserved for majors, who will do substantial portions of the work for the course
This course introduces East Asian cultures through the classic works of China, Japan, and Korea. In order to better grasp the cultural
legacies of East Asia, students will read various cultural texts such as fiction, poetry, drama, and prose in English translation. This course
is designed to help students develop a more sophisticated understanding of and critical appreciation for East Asian cultures. The course
is taught in English. Chinese 306 is reserved for majors, who will do substantial portions of the work for the course in Chinese.