Africana Studies Courses

General Course Listings

Sub CRSE Title
AFR 101 Introduction to Africana Studies
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Hucks

An introduction to the major issues and the different methodological and theoretical approaches to the study of people of African descent throughout the world.

Satisfies the Liberal Studies distribution requirement

   

AFR 120 Afro-Latin America
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Benson

From Mexico to Brazil and beyond, Africans and people of African descent have fought in wars of independence, forged mixed race national identities, and contributed politically and culturally to the making of the Americas.  Even though Latin America imported ten times as many slaves as the United States, only recently have scholars begun to highlight the role blacks and other people of African descent played in Latin American history.  This course will explore the experiences of Afro-Latin Americans from slavery to the present, with a particular focus on Haiti, Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia.  In doing so, the course seeks to answer questions such as: What does it mean to be black in Latin America? Why has racism persisted in Latin America despite political revolutions claiming to eliminate discrimination? What are the links between blacks in Latin America and the United States? How have differing conceptions of "race" and "nation" caused the rise and decline of transnational black alliances between U.S. blacks and Afro-Latin Americans?  All course readings will be in English and will include memoirs, films, and first-hand historical documents in additional to scholarly books and articles.  

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies

Satisfies a major requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies a minor requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies the Liberal Studies distribution requirement

Satisfies the Cultural Diversity distribution requirement

AFR 230 History of the Caribbean: Race, Nation, and Politics (= LAS 230, HIS 360)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Benson

This course explores the history of the Caribbean from pre-Colombian times to the present. The goal of the class is to trace the emergence of modern Caribbean nations beginning from their status as slave colonies of the not-so-distant past within an emphasis on the central role the Caribbean islands have played in global history.  Particular emphasis is given to the maintenance of European and North American imperial enterprises and the elaboration of racial ideologies growing out of the diversity that has characterized the island populations.  Issues to be addressed include colonialism, piracy, sugar revolution, slavery and emancipation, national independence, tourism, and Caribbean migrations. Cuba, Haiti, and Jamaica will be the main areas under consideration, although texts from other islands such as the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Martinique are included.

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies

Satisfies a major requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies a minor requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement

Satisfies the Cultural Diversity distribution requirement

AFR 235 The 1959 Cuban Revolution
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Benson  

This course explores the historical underpinnings of the 1959 Cuban Revolution, U.S.-Cuban relations, and how Cubans have experienced the changes the island has undergone in the past 100 years. Particular attention is given to people of African descent who make up over a one-third of the island's population. This Cuban narrative illuminates a variety of themes including the spread of U.S. imperialism, Cuba's fight for sovereignty, and race relations in the Americas.  

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies

Satisfies a major requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies a minor requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement 

Satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement

AFR 245 Africana Religions and Healing in the American South
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Hucks

Africana Religions and Healing in the American South invites students to explore vernacular, esoteric, and healing rituals in the study of religion.  Drawing upon the fields of religious studies, history, anthropology, and literature, students will engage Africana religions beyond traditional spaces of sacred texts, doctrines, theologies, and ecclesial sites.  Instead, the course will explore the complex dynamics of "lived religion" where religion is practical, efficacious, and experiential.  Beginning in the context of Southern slavery, the course will expose students to primary and secondary written texts, visual texts, the spiritual technologies of practitioners and specialists, and the material culture that accompanies alternative modes of spiritual healing and religious meaning.  As a supplement to written texts, assignments, and discussions, the class will take a field trip to Emory University's Stuart A. Rose's Manuscript and Rare Book Library for a guided tour by Dr. Randall Burkett through their collection of Africana religious artifacts, ritual paraphernalia, and material culture. We will also take a field trip to South Carolina to the Gullah/Geechee Heritage Celebration in November.  This course has no prerequisites for the Africana Studies or Religion major.  A sample syllabus is available for EPC's review.

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies

Satisfies a major requirement in Religion

Satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives distribution requirement

Satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement

AFR 266 Africa Shoots Back, in transl. (=FRE 366)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Fache

Africa Shoots Back examines West African cinema from its beginnings in the early 1960s to today.  The selection of films exposes students to new voices, perspectives and representations of Francophone West Africa from a West African perspective.  We will discuss issues of decolonization and post-colonial cultural economy, as well as analyze traditional African narrative strategies and new and unconventional images.

Satisfies distribution requirement in Visual and Performing Arts.

AFR 300 Major Thinkers in Africana Studies: Afro-Cuban Feminisms (=LAS 300)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Benson

Black and mulata women have participated in constructing Cubanidad (Cuban nationalism) since the beginning of the Cuban republic in 1902. However, the largely male-dominated national narrative that has made Che Guevara's "New Man" famous since 1959 frequently overshadows their interventions. Despite this public silence, Afro-Cubanas (Afro-Cuban women) have consistently challenged narratives of exclusion and contributed to antiracist and antisexist movements in Cuba. As theater critic, Inés María Martiatu Terry explained in 2011 one of the goals of the Afrocubanas movement is to "feminize negritude and to blacken feminism."  

This course will analyze Afro-Cubana feminisms through a close reading of the work of four key black and mulata intellectuals and activists-Sara Gómez, Nancy Morejón, Daisy Rubiera, and Gloria Rolando. In doing so, it seeks to trace the legacy of the many black and mulata women who participated in revolutionary Cuba from the 1960s to the present. In particular, the course will examine how Afro-Cubanas have challenged negative stereotypes about black women, worked both inside and outside of Cuba's state-sponsored women's movement, and fought to create space for racial and sexual rights. All course readings will be in English and will include memoirs, films, and first-hand historical documents in additional to scholarly books and articles.

The course can be repeated for credit given sufficiently distinct topics.

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies

Satisfies a major requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies the Histories and Genealogies major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

AFR 320 Growing up Jim Crow
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor Kelly

Examines how a generation learned race and racism in the Age of Jim Crow. Through multiple and intersecting lenses, students will examine texts, such as oral histories, literary narratives, and visual representations of various topics.  Topics will include Jim Crow schooling, white supremacy, disenfranchisement, lynching, rape, resistance, interracial harmony, and desegregation.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
 Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.

AFR 371 Critical Race Theory (=EDU 371, =SOC 371)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor:
Kelly

This course introduces students to the development of critical race theory as a specific theoretical framework to explain or to investigate how race and racism are organized and operate within the United States.  The course will have a sociological focus with emphasis on critical race scholarship that includes, but is not limited to, an analysis of double consciousness, colorblindness, intersectionality, whiteness as property, racial microaggressions, and structures of power.  Students will also explore central tenets and key writings advanced in the 1990s primarily by African American, Latino/a, and Asian American scholars in law, education, and public policy.  The course is both reading intensive and extensive with a major writing assignment that addresses a theoretical problem that grows out of the course topics and discussions. 

Satisfies a major requirement in Sociology and Africana Studies.
Satisfies a Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

AFR 395 Seminar in Africana Studies
Prerequisites & Notes

Seminar in advanced Africana Studies

AFR 495 Seminar in Africana Studies
Prerequisites & Notes

Advanced Seminar in Africana Studies.

ANT 205 Ethnic Relations
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Bowles

Comparative and historical study of social processes related to ethnic differences in modern complex societies. Readings in theoretical and descriptive literature, focusing on issues of unequal distribution of power and privilege, racism, and ethnic prejudice.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 232 Contemporary Ghanaian Society and Culture
Prerequisites & Notes

(Summer 2016; offered in alternating years as part of the Davidson in Ghana summer program.)

Instructor
Staff

Examination of Ghanaian family structure, gender roles, religious beliefs, social stratification, political economy, and inter-ethnic relations. Special emphasis is placed on understanding the legacy of colonialism and efforts to develop a national culture.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 233 Performing Arts in West Africa
Prerequisites & Notes

Co-requisite: ANT 232 Contemporary Ghanaian Society and Culture (Davidson in Ghana Summer Program). (Summer 2016; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Staff

Course in traditional Ghanaian music and dance. Students learn singing, dancing, and drumming at the School of African Rhythm and Dance with a master drummer and several Ghanaian instructors. In addition to the historical and sociocultural perspectives taught by the master drummer, students will visit churches and celebrations that incorporate music and dance. Coursework will include lectures and reading assignments on African performing arts, a reflective and analytical essay, practices, appreciation of performing arts in contemporary sociocultural contexts, and a student performance at the end of the program. This course meets for a minimum of 50-60 semester hours. Graded on a P/F basis.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology with permission.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

ANT 234 Anthropology of Contemporary Africa
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Bowles

Though ethnographic texts, this course explores the intersections of gender, ethnicity and class in African societies in the 20th and 21st centuries. This course also examines representations of Africa within the nation-state and transnationally. Topics of discussion include tourism, national identity and ethnicity, popular culture, the dichotomies of urban and rural Africa and the cultural politics of development and the state.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 253 Latin American Society and Culture Today
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Samson

Overview of Latin American culture from an anthropological perspective.  An ethnographic focus demonstrates linkages between life in local communities and forces of cultural, social, and political change at the level of the nation-state.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

Satisfies one of the introductory course requirements in Latin American Studies.

ANT 257 African Roots, American Soils
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Bowles

This course introduces the African Diaspora as a theoretical framework within anthropology for investigation of the dispersal of people of African descent throughout the world. This course examines African cultural influences that inform a diaspora connected through migrations, both voluntary and involuntary, as well as colonization and the globalization of capitalism. Topics of discussion include the cultural production of blackness, roots tourism, resistance to oppression, revolutions, rebellions and maroon communities.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 323 Human Rights in Latin America
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Samson

Anthropological perspectives on human rights agendas in Latin America. Case studies examine the tension between universal and culturally relative conceptions of human rights in relation to issues such as state violence, violence directed toward minorities, and social justice movements.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 335 Debunking Race
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Cho

Examines the concept of race from a biocultural perspective, deconstructing race by exploring evidence from population genetics and human origins. Contemporary racial issues such as classification of racial/ethnic groups, and evaluating intelligence and achievement on the basis of race/ethnicity are explored.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ANT 371 Ethnographic Writing and Research
Prerequisites & Notes

ANT 101 or permission of the instructor. (Spring)

Instructor
Samson

Approaches to ethnographic and ethnohistorical research and analysis in cultural anthropology. Examination of selected studies that demonstrate a variety of approaches to the study of single cultures and to cross-cultural comparisons. Students design and complete research projects. With advance departmental approval, an off-campus ethnographic field school course may be substituted for credit toward the major.

One of the courses satisfying the Methods requirement for the major and minor in Anthropology.

ANT 372 Visualizing Anthropology
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017; offered in alternating years.)

Instructor
Lozada

Introduction to the theories and methods necessary for making ethnographic films. Students will conduct fieldwork and make a documentary film on a particular aspect of social and cultural behavior. Emphasis is placed on developing the critical skills needed for resolving some of the ethical, technical, and aesthetic problems that may emerge during the documentation of social and cultural behavior.

One of the courses satisfying the Methods requirement for the major and minor in Anthropology.

ANT 386 Seminars in Anthropology - Feminist Anthropology
Prerequisites & Notes

(Not offered 2016-2017)

Instructor
Staff

One-time seminars in selected topics in anthropology. Topics announced in advance.

Satisfies a major requirement in Anthropology

Counts in the Gender and Sexuality Studies major
 

COM 280 Intercultural Communication
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Martinez

This course explores issues related to the intercultural communication process. We will consider the important role of context (social, cultural, and historical) in intercultural interactions. We will examine the complex relationship between culture and communication from three conceptual perspectives: the social psychological perspective, the interpretive perspective, and the critical perspective. It is through these three conceptual perspectives that we will strive towards a comprehensive picture of intercultural communication. From applying these approaches to the study of intercultural communication, we will also come to appreciate the complexity and dialectical tensions involved in intercultural interactions. This learning process should enhance self-reflection, flexibility, and sensitivity in intercultural communication which students will likely find useful whether interested in studying or working abroad or simply wanting to become better informed intercultural communicators in our increasingly diverse nation and world.

Satisfies the Liberal Studies distribution requirement.

DAN 284 Dancing Diaspora: The African American Theatrical Dance Tradition
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Bory

Drawing on scholarship about the African Diaspora, this lecture/discussion course examines how United States dance performance has shaped and been shaped by ideas about Africanist aesthetics and cultural identities.  Exploring entertainment and concert performances from late minstrelsy to the present day, the class will investigate both how black dance artists have staged their cultural experiences, and how those theatrical representations have been received and interpreted. Course work includes readings, performance viewings, presentations, and written assignments.

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies. 
Students entering 2012 or after: satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

ECO 221 Economic History of the United States
Prerequisites & Notes

Economics 101.

Instructors
Ross, F. Smith

Principal events affecting economic policy and behavior in the United States since colonial times. Emphasis on historical origins of contemporary American problems.

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement. 

ECO 229S Urban Economics
Prerequisites & Notes

Economics 101.

Instructor
F. Smith

Role of economics in the development of modern cities. Topics include: the monocentric-city model, urban land values, crime, transportation, education, and taxation.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement. 

ECO 324 Labor Economics
Prerequisites & Notes

Economics 105 and Economics 202 or permission of the instructor.

Instructors
M. Foley, Ross

Labor markets, unionization, unemployment, and public policy primarily in the setting of the United States. (A student may not receive credit for both ECO 224 and ECO 324.)

Satisfies a Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

EDU 250 Multicultural Education
Prerequisites & Notes


 

Instructor
Staff

This course examines the ways in which schools and society in the United States engage with diverse individuals and groups, as well as how obstacles to ever-increasing multiculturalism are rooted in behaviors, assumptions, values, thinking and communication styles.  The course will be taught using the intergroup dialogue model where two facilitators of differing social identity groups encourage dialogue among students about persistent social issues and conflicts related to race, racism, and the intersections of class, gender, sexual orientation, religion and immigration/migration background.  The intergroup dialogue approach to teaching multicultural education is pedagogically unique.  The class is balanced with approximately half of the students self-identifying as White and the other half identifying as Students of Color or racial minorities in the United States and at Davidson College.


Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement. 

EDU 260 Oppression & Education (=SOC 261)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Kelly

(Cross-listed as SOC 261.) This course examines various manifestations of oppression in the United States and the questions they raise about inequality and social justice within educational institutions.  We will apply methods of critical analysis drawn from anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, and psychology to an examination of social issues in the United States educational system.  We will examine education as a central site of conflict over the gap between the United States' egalitarian mission and its unequal structure, processes, and outcomes.  Students will rethink contemporary solutions to social diversity in education, develop a social justice framework which emphasizes inequality, and design an institutional ethnographic project as a critical intervention in schools and society.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
 

EDU 290 Oral History: Problems, Perspectives, & Possibilities
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructors
Kelly, Christian-Lamb

In this hands-on methods course, students will build interdisciplinary research skills focused on the theory and practice of oral history.  We will explore the theories, methods, and debates surrounding one of the oldest research tools: oral testimony.  Students will learn to critically evaluate oral sources and use oral histories in conjunction with other forms of research.  Students will engage with the practical aspects of oral history by completing and transcribing two oral history interviews.  In addition, students will gain a sophisticated understanding of individual and collective memory and the questions that both raise for writing oral history.  Each student will participate in a class oral history project.

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies

Satisfies a major requirement in Sociology

Satisfies a major requirement in CIS Educational Studies

Satisfies a minor requirement in Educational Studies

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement

 

EDU 320 Growing up Jim Crow
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Kelly

Examines how a generation learned race and racism in the Age of Jim Crow.  Through multiple and intersecting lenses, students will examine texts, such as oral histories, literary narratives, and visual representations of various topics.  Topics will include Jim Crow schooling, white supremacy, disenfranchisement, lynching, rape, resistance, interracial harmony, and desegregation.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.
 

EDU 330 Sociology of Education (=SOC 330)
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Kelly

(Cross-listed as SOC 330.) An introduction to the sociological study of education in the United States, including an examination of the school as an organization within a larger environment. Explores the link between schools and social stratification by analyzing the mutually generative functions of schools and considers how processes within schools can lead to different outcomes for stakeholders.

Provides major credit in Sociology.
Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

EDU 340 Education in African American Society (=SOC 340)
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring)

Instructor
Kelly
(Cross-listed as SOC 340.) This seminar explores the social and historical forces shaping the education of people of African descent in the United States from slavery to the 21st century.  We will examine values, beliefs, and perspectives on education across gender and class lines, individual and group efforts toward building educational institutions and organizations, hidden or forgotten educational initiatives and programming, and cross-cultural projects to promote literacy and achievement in African American society.  Students will write a seminar paper and complete a midterm and final review. 

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies a major credit in Sociology.
Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement. 




 

EDU 371 Critical Race Theory (=SOC 371, =AFR 371)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor:
Kelly

This course introduces students to the development of critical race theory as a specific theoretical framework to explain or to investigate how race and racism are organized and operate within the United States.  The course will have a sociological focus with emphasis on critical race scholarship that includes, but is not limited to, an analysis of double consciousness, colorblindness, intersectionality, whiteness as property, racial microaggressions, and structures of power.  Students will also explore central tenets and key writings advanced in the 1990s primarily by African American, Latino/a, and Asian American scholars in law, education, and public policy.  The course is both reading intensive and extensive with a major writing assignment that addresses a theoretical problem that grows out of the course topics and discussions. 

Satisfies a major requirement in Sociology and Africana Studies.
Satisfies a Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

ENG 220 Literary Analysis
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor 
Campbell, Churchill, Fackler, Lewis, Miller, Nelson, Vaz

Designed for majors. Emphasizes theoretical approaches and critical strategies for the written analysis of poetry, fiction, and drama and/or film. Writing intensive. Required for the major.  Students who major in English should complete 220 by the end of the sophomore year. Those who do not meet this deadline must make special arrangements with the Chair.

Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.

ENG 282 African American Literature: From Colonialism to Renaissance
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Flanagan


This introductory course takes students on a literary journey that begins with Sundiata's An Epic of Old Mali-- which allows for discussions of what might be African in African American Literature-- through Harlem, and ends at the start of the Black Aesthetic Movement. Through close readings, lectures and discussions, students will learn how to analyze and comprehend literature. Students will write short responses to selected works, offer oral presentations, and end the course with a production of a major essay.

Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.

ENG 284 African American Drama
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Fox, Flanagan, Wilson

This course will focus on African-American drama since the 1960s.  We will consider how playwrights worked to create a black aesthetic, question and rewrite history, explore intersectional identities, counter stereotypes, and build community.  These plays do not simply exist in opposition to some "mainstream" American tradition; rather, they are deeply, profoundly American, inviting all of us to engage discussions around race, history, privilege, and inequity that are deeply embedded in our artistic and social heritage as a country. At the same time, we will also ask: how to they reflect conversations within the community they represent?

We will read work by playwrights including (but not limited to): August Wilson, Katori Hall, Lynn Nottage, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins, Robert O'Hara, Suzan-Lori Parks, Anna Deavere Smith, Adrienne Kennedy, Amiri Baraka, and Lynn Manning.

Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.

ENG 287 Indian Literature in English
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Merrill

An overview of literature written in English by authors from India. Genres include fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, from the 19th century to the present. Includes writers from the Indian diaspora as well as those not widely-known outside India. 

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Counts toward the South Asian Studies interdisciplinary minor.
Counts toward the Africana Studies major.
Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.

ENG 290 World Literatures - South Africa & C. Europe
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Flanagan

Designed for majors and prospective majors.  A historical survey of selected texts outside the British and American literary traditions.

Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.
Satisfies the Literature diversity distribution requirement.

ENG 294 Harlem Renaissance
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Churchill

Topics vary.  

Read major texts of the Harlem Renaissance and explore issues of race, gender, sexuality, migration, & diaspora that shaped this formative moment in twentieth century literature. We will read poetry, fiction, essays, and plays by W. E. B. DuBois, Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Nella Larsen, Claude McKay, and others, situating their work in the context of developments in modern art, music, sociology, psychology, and print culture.

Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement. Counts toward the Africana Studies Major.
 

ENG 297 Caribbean Literature
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Flanagan

The Caribbean is key to any understanding of the New World. Caribbean Literature takes students beyond the islands' popular music, food, and landscapes to an understanding of the formation of cultures from Europe, Africa, and India that have produced two Nobel Laureates. In novels such as Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea, we see how love leads to the death of a young woman in the attic in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. We'll understand, too, why and how Aime Cesaire rewrites Shakespeare's The Tempest to allow for the resurrection of the spirit of Caliban's mother, Sycorax. Students do not need to know theory to take this course.  

Students may retake this course for credit when the topic/readings change with instructor's permission.

Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.
Satisfies the Literature and the Cultural diversity distribution requirement.
Counts toward the English Major and the Africana Studies Major

ENG 340 Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
Prerequisites & Notes

First-year students require permission of the instructor.

Instructor 
Ingram

Special topics in a selection of Medieval and Renaissance texts (to 1660) with attention to critical approaches.

Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.

ENG 382 African American Literature 1955 & Beyond
Prerequisites & Notes

African American Literature: 1955 & Beyond
Instructor

Flanagan
 

Designed by Davidson College students, this course is an exploration of the vibrant literature that African Americans produced during the years in which they struggled for Civil Rights, and in years leading up to Barack Obama's Presidency. Students will study works by writers such as Sonia Sanchez, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Haki Madhubuti, Ishmael Reed, Al Young, and Randal Kenan as they, and others, relate to a new aesthetic in American Literature.

Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.

Counts toward the Africana Studies major.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

 

ENG 383 Ethnic American Literature A: Black Poetics and "the Queer" or B: Black Literature Since 1953-- The Poetics of Black Beauty
Prerequisites & Notes

Ethnic American Literature

Instructor

Varies

Both A and B satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.
Counts toward the Africana Studies major.


383A Ethnic American Literature-Black Poetics and "the Queer"
Instructor

Staff

Predating the nation's founding, African American literature has been marked since its inception by its writers 1) affirming their equal humanity under the auspices of divine forces while being treated as subhuman property; 2) staking claim upon and expanding the ideals of what constitutes American identity and culture; and 3) reflecting on their state of being as those living with what preeminent scholar W.E.B. Du Bois terms a "double consciousness," a keen, spiritual awareness of a dual citizenship and ancestry in these United States and in a continent that has always been at once reviled for its link to dark skin and religious and cultural difference and revered for its wealth of natural resources. This course will explore that journey of discovery, mourning and protest-subtle in its nuanced critique in the eighteenth century and at times scathing in its nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first century manifestations-in the poetics of African American writers. Primarily, we will be studying lineated poetry, but we will also ponder the ways these writers blur and expand genre boundaries in poetic fiction, nonfiction prose, spoken word, and song and in the ways that gender and sexuality further complicate what it means to be non-white and American. This course will close by mining the poetics of writers of color of other ethnicities who have arrived on these shores experiencing similar ostracism and oppression and have adapted African Americans' creative, rhetorical modes to serve their own poetic (re)visions and expansions of American, non-white identities. In this course, we'll explore the possibilities of the word "queer,"  as it is used by the writers themselves, both in the classical sense of odd and striking deviation from a norm and for its contemporary theoretical utility in exploring representations of non-heteronormative sexuality and gender performance.​


383B Ethnic American Literatures:  Black Literature Since 1953 -- The Poetics of Black Beauty
Instructor

Staff

Starting with Gwendolyn Brooks' Maud Martha and "The Mother" from her 1963 Collected Poems and culminating with the "rachet/bootylicious" poetics of Beyoncé, this course will trace the ways that black female artists have continued to cast off expectations of respectability, invoking the sinful, the risqué, the forbidden, as they complicate the mantra "Black Is Beautiful" that was central to the "black aesthetic" Amiri Baraka, Addison Gayle, Larry Neal, and others posited as essential to liberate the race from the tyranny of the white imagination. Along the way, the poems of Nikki Giovanni, Lucille Clifton, Ai, Alice Walker, Audre Lorde, Rita Dove, and others will be used to reflect on their invocation of and tribute to the performance of singer-activists Josephine Baker, Nina Simone, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, and others who have informed the hypersexual diva ethos Beyoncé has used to dominate contemporary pop culture.

ENG 392 Literature of the American South
Prerequisites & Notes

First-year students require permission of the instructor.

Instructor  
Staff

In this course students explore works by eleven southern women writers including Dorothy Allison, Harriet Arnow, Kate Chopin, Zora Neale Hurston, Harper Lee, Toni Morrison, Flannery O'Connor, Sheri Reynolds, Alice Walker, Jesmyn Ward, and Eudora Welty. Together we will encounter narratives that challenge our understanding of public and private histories and impel us to consider both theoretically and personally the effects of gender, race, class, and region on creative expression and the stories that unfold.  We will question the texts, their contexts, and ourselves, always acknowledging Welty's assertion that "there is absolutely everything in fiction but a clear answer."  The course will include both lecture and discussion. 

"The universe is made of stories, not atoms." Muriel Rukeyser
 

Counts toward the Gender & Sexuality Studies major, and the Africana Studies major.
Satisfies the Literary, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.

 

ENG 394 Studies in Modern Literature
Prerequisites & Notes

First-year students require permission of the instructor.

ENG 394 Contemporary Drama and Disability Literature topic counts for the Gender and Sexuality Studies major.

Studies in Modern Literature

Instructor 
Varies

Special topics in modern literature such as The City Novel, Modern International Fiction, Contemporary Poetry, Literature and Medicine, Contemporary Drama and Disability Literature.

Satisfies the Literary, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.


Topic: Fictions of Empire
Instructor
Vaz

British imperialism permeated the literary tradition much as it did the globe.  In this course, we will examine the fictions and critiques of empire constructed in and through literary texts from the eighteenth century through the present.  We will read these texts through the lens of postcolonial theory, so we can better grasp the ideology of British colonialism and its after-effects.


 

ENG 482 Seminar: Poetics of Relation - Toni Morrison and Alice Walker
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Flanagan 

Poetics of Relation is the rubric for a seminar in which students will analyze the ways in which the discursive forms-novels, plays, essays, and poetry-of two writers relate to specific cultures, landscapes, and historical moments. In its two previous iterations, students have examined such relationships in writings by Nobel Laureates Derek Walcott, Vidia Naipaul, and Wole Soyinka. In Spring 2016, the focus will be, for the first time, on two African American female writers, Toni Morrison and Zora Neale Hurston. In addition to close readings, substantive discussions, oral presentations and one major essay, seminar participants will add to an existing Poetics of Relation digital website available through the Davidson College library.

Counts for Africana Studies Department Minor credit.  Counts for Cultural Diversity requirement.

FRE 364 Paris Noir/Black Paris
Prerequisites & Notes

FRE 212 Oral Expression or FRE 222 Introduction to Literature or FRE 260 Contemporary France

Instructor
Fache

This course examines the lives and works of artists and intellectuals from Africa, the African Diaspora and the US in Paris (1920-1960).


Satisfies a cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies a requirement in French & Francophone Studies major and minor.
Satisfies an elective requirement in Africana Studies major. 

FRE 366 Africa Shoots Back, in transl. (=AFR 266)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Fache

Africa Shoots Back examines West African cinema from its beginnings in the early 1960s to today.  The selection of films exposes students to new voices, perspectives and representations of Francophone West Africa from a West African perspective.  We will discuss issues of decolonization and post-colonial cultural economy, as well as analyze traditional African narrative strategies and new and unconventional images.

Satisfies distribution requirement in Visual and Performing Arts.

FRE 368 France and Métissage
Prerequisites & Notes

Any course numbered 220 or above. (Not offered 2016-17.)

Instructor
Fache

Course explores the concept of métissage in the contemporary French literary context.

Satisfies distribution requirement in Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric.

GSS 201 Feminist and Queer Theories
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Tilburg, Boyer, Horowitz

This class explores the epistemological and theoretical foundations of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Students will become familiarized with the different theoretical traditions that inform contemporary gender analysis, and examine scholarly definitions of gender and sexuality. We discuss the means by which gender and sexuality are produced and reproduced at the individual and institutional levels, their intersection with other dimensions of social difference, as well as various related approaches to and interpretations of equality, justice, and freedom.

HIS 162 Latin America to 1825
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mangan

A survey of Latin American history from the eve of Spain's conquest of the Americas to the era of Latin American independence from Spain. An introduction to the societies of the Americas and the major social, political, and economic themes following the arrival of Europeans to the Americas. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 163 Latin America, 1825 to Present
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mangan

Introduction to the history of modern Latin America, emphasizing major political events, economic trends, and important changes in Latin American society, with particular attention to ethnicity, class, and gender. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 168 Africa to 1800
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Wiemers

Introduction to the major civilizations and cultures of Africa from prehistoric times through the Transatlantic slave trade, examining changes in economy, ecology, and societies as Africa became involved in the global economy. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies interdisciplinary minor requirement in International Studies and Ethnic Studies.

HIS 169 The Making of Modern Africa
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Wiemers

Survey of African history from the end of the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the present, emphasizing major trends in economic, political, and social life in colonial and post-colonial Africa. Introduces students to critical  historical debates and a range of historical artifacts including oral histories, African literature, and popular culture. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies interdisciplinary minor requirement in International Studies and Ethnic Studies.

HIS 230 African Diasporas, German Encounters: Histories, Conflicts and Movements
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Weimers

 

Provides new perspectives on African Diasporas and Germany by exploring how Germans interacted with and impacted the lives of African Americans in North America and indigenous peoples on the African continent and how, in turn, African Americans and Africans in the German lands profoundly reshaped things German since the eighteenth century.  The course will examine these complex histories with a particular emphasis on the Black Atlantic, migration and labor, cultural practice and political activism, gender relations, racism, violence, war, and genocide.

Satisfies a major requirement in History.
Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies history distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 267 Health and Society in Africa
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Wiemers

Histories of health, healing, and disease control in Africa from c. 1500 to the present.  Explores the ways African people and states have conceived of and responded to relationships between human and natural environment, between individual and collective well-being, and between bodily and social health.

Satisfies a major requirement in History.
Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies.
Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Health and Human Values.
Satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement.

HIS 302 African American History to 1877
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Guasco
African American experience from the colonial period through the Reconstruction era. Topics include the slave trade, the institution of slavery, free blacks, slave revolts, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and African American culture. 

Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 303 African American Society & Culture since 1877
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Aldridge

African American experience since the end of Reconstruction. Topics include the origins of the Jim Crow system, the Harlem Renaissance, black participation in the military, and the civil rights movement. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 343 The Old South
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

The American South from colonial origins to secession with major emphasis on the antebellum period, 1800 to the outbreak of the Civil War.

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.

HIS 344 The South since 1865
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Political, economic, and social developments in the South since the Civil War. Focus on Reconstruction, Populism, racism, the Depression, the flourishing of the "Sun Belt'' after 1945, and the civil rights movement. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.

HIS 346 The Civil War and Reconstruction
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Origins of sectional conflict; the battle front and home front, military, political, and social transformations of the war years; the upheavals of the Reconstruction era; and the legacies of the era for modern America. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.

HIS 357 The Civil Rights Movement in the United States
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Aldridge

An examination of the American civil rights movement's origins; its diverse strains of thought; its legal issues, strategies, and grassroots efforts; and its legacies. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 358 Civil Rights Wars, Civil Rights Warriors
Prerequisites & Notes

Spring

Instructor
Staff

An oral history-based course that examines the lawyers and litigants who, in the 1960s and 1970s, accepted personal and financial risk to challenge Jim Crow laws.  Students will interview and videotape the courageous lawyers, prepare a video documentary.  Research essays on current civil rights topics as well.

HIS 359 Latinos in the United States
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mangan

History of Latinos in the United States.  Course content focuses on Mexican American experience as well as Latinos of Caribbean descent.  Themes include: the border; labor; discrimination; geography; migration.  Emphasis on post-US-Mexico War through the late 20th century.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies Ethnic Studies interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies a major credit in Latin American Studies.
Satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 

HIS 360 History of the Caribbean (=AFR 230 and LAS 230)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Benson

This course explores the history of the Caribbean from pre-Colombian times to the present. The goal of the class is to trace the emergence of modern Caribbean nations beginning from their status as slave colonies of the not-so-distant past within an emphasis on the central role the Caribbean islands have played in global history.  Particular emphasis is given to the maintenance of European and North American imperial enterprises and the elaboration of racial ideologies growing out of the diversity that has characterized the island populations.  Issues to be addressed include colonialism, piracy, sugar revolution, slavery and emancipation, national independence, tourism, and Caribbean migrations. Cuba, Haiti, and Jamaica will be the main areas under consideration, although texts from other islands such as the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Martinique are included.

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies

Satisfies a major requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies a minor requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement

Satisfies the Cultural Diversity distribution requirement

HIS 362 The Cuban Revolution (=AFR235 and LAS 235)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Benson  

This course explores the historical underpinnings of the 1959 Cuban Revolution, U.S.-Cuban relations, and how Cubans have experienced the changes the island has undergone in the past 100 years. Particular attention is given to people of African descent who make up over a one-third of the island's population. This Cuban narrative illuminates a variety of themes including the spread of U.S. imperialism, Cuba's fight for sovereignty, and race relations in the Americas.  

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies

Satisfies a major requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies a minor requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement 

Satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement

HIS 363 African Encounters with Development
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Wiemers

Examines how projects for "development" have been conceived and carried out in colonial and post-colonial Africa, and how they have been represented and understood by African people, governments, and international actors.  Explores the interaction of ideas and experience-from changing economic and political theories to the daily practices of farmers, bureaucrats, activists, and scholars.

Satisfies a major requirement in History.
Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies history distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 364 Gender and History in Latin America
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mangan

Women's and men's experiences and how gender roles have shaped the social and political history of Latin America. Themes include conquest encounters, elite and religious notions of gender propriety, labor roles, and political activism. 

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement. 
Students entering before 2012: satisfies History distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 366 Slavery and Africa
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Wiemers

Explores slavery and slave trades in and out of Africa from the 5th to the 20th centuries, as a way of understanding changing relationships between trade, personhood, and social belonging.  Special attention to ideas of and debates about, race, slave status, and diaspora.

Satisfies a major requirement in History.
Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies history distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 369 Urban Africa
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Weimers

Examines urban life in Africa from early origins to the present. Uses a variety of sources, including material and visual culture, to understand the changing ways that urban dwellers, rural migrants, and a state governments came to see and encounter cities.

Satisfies a cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies a major requirement in History.
Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies.
Satisfies a Historical Thought distribution requirement.

HIS 440 Slavery in the Americas
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Guasco

Comparative exploration of the foundation and development of slavery in the western hemisphere since 1492. Topics include the transatlantic slave trade, work and labor, resistance and rebellion, and the articulation of African culture throughout the Americas.

HIS 444 Southern Women, or How to Explain Scarlett and Mammy
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

An examination of the changing roles of black and white southern women from 1607 to the present, with an emphasis on understanding their unique character and history.

HIS 449 Age of Revolution: The United States in the 1960s
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Aldridge

A seminar on an important era of changes and transformation in American history.  Topics studied include the civil rights movement, the counterculture, the New Left, the Vietnam War, and the women's movement.

HIS 451 African American Cultural History
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Aldridge

A study of African American cultural history with particular focus on the 20th century. Specific artistic and cultural forms studied may include the visual arts, music, dance, film, and television in their historical context.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 464 Religion and Social Change in Latin America
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mangan

Exploration of the nexus between religion and social upheaval through topics including conquest, rebellion, liberation theology, and religious tradition new to the region, such as Evangelicalism.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 465 Colonialism and Imagination in Early Latin America
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mangan

The rise and fall of colonial power in Latin America with a focus on the emergence of colonial Latin America as a historical unit.  Topics include justification of colonial rule, civilization and barbarism, differences between the Old and New Worlds, and American Identity.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 466 Migrations and Immigration in Latin America
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Mangan

Study of the relationship between internal migrations and outward immigration in Latin America.  Students will acquire in-depth information about migration/immigration in the early colonial period, in the neo-imperial nineteenth century, and in the twentieth century.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

HIS 467 Family and Families in African History
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Weimers

Studies how Africans have defined and achieved family and family connections along with ways that states have attempted to use family--as metaphor, ideal, and unit of political and social organization-to organize African life from the 17th century to the present. 

Satisfies a major requirement in History.
Satisfies a cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies a Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies a major and a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

HIS 469 Work, Gender, and Political Imagination in Africa
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Wiemers

Investigates how gender and labor have been used to construct and contest the political imaginaries of individuals, communities, and states in 19th and 20th c Africa.

Satisfies a major requirement in History

Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies

Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Global Literary Theory

Satisfies the Cultural Diversity distribution requirement

LAS 220 Politics and Economics of Brazil (= POL 344)
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
B. Crandall

Treatment of political and economic change in modern Brazil.  Focus on inequality, violence, environmental protection, and US-Brazil relations.  Course includes historical background from 1946 forward.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement
Meets the Cultural Diversity requirement

LAS 230 History of the Caribbean: Race, Nation, and Politics (= AFR 230)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Benson

This course explores the history of the Caribbean from pre-Colombian times to the present. The goal of the class is to trace the emergence of modern Caribbean nations beginning from their status as slave colonies of the not-so-distant past within an emphasis on the central role the Caribbean islands have played in global history.  Particular emphasis is given to the maintenance of European and North American imperial enterprises and the elaboration of racial ideologies growing out of the diversity that has characterized the island populations.  Issues to be addressed include colonialism, piracy, sugar revolution, slavery and emancipation, national independence, tourism, and Caribbean migrations. Cuba, Haiti, and Jamaica will be the main areas under consideration, although texts from other islands such as the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Martinique are included.

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies

Satisfies a major requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies a minor requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement

Satisfies the Cultural Diversity distribution requirement

LAS 235 The 1959 Cuban Revolution (= AFR 235, HIS 362)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Benson

 This course explores the historical underpinnings of the 1959 Cuban Revolution, U.S.-Cuban relations, and how Cubans have experienced the changes the island has undergone in the past 100 years. Particular attention is given to people of African descent who make up over a one-third of the island's population. This Cuban narrative illuminates a variety of themes including the spread of U.S. imperialism, Cuba's fight for sovereignty, and race relations in the Americas.  

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies

Satisfies a major requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies a minor requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement 

Satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement

 

LAS 300 Major Thinkers in Africana Studies: Afro-Cuban Feminisms (=AFR 300)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Benson

Black and mulata women have participated in constructing Cubanidad (Cuban nationalism) since the beginning of the Cuban republic in 1902. However, the largely male-dominated national narrative that has made Che Guevara's "New Man" famous since 1959 frequently overshadows their interventions. Despite this public silence, Afro-Cubanas (Afro-Cuban women) have consistently challenged narratives of exclusion and contributed to antiracist and antisexist movements in Cuba. As theater critic, Inés María Martiatu Terry explained in 2011 one of the goals of the Afrocubanas movement is to "feminize negritude and to blacken feminism."  

This course will analyze Afro-Cubana feminisms through a close reading of the work of four key black and mulata intellectuals and activists-Sara Gómez, Nancy Morejón, Daisy Rubiera, and Gloria Rolando. In doing so, it seeks to trace the legacy of the many black and mulata women who participated in revolutionary Cuba from the 1960s to the present. In particular, the course will examine how Afro-Cubanas have challenged negative stereotypes about black women, worked both inside and outside of Cuba's state-sponsored women's movement, and fought to create space for racial and sexual rights. All course readings will be in English and will include memoirs, films, and first-hand historical documents in additional to scholarly books and articles.

The course can be repeated for credit given sufficiently distinct topics.

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies

Satisfies a major requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies the Histories and Genealogies major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

MUS 122 Music of the United States
Prerequisites & Notes

No music training required. (Spring)

Instructors
Lerner, Weinstein

The cultivated and vernacular traditions of U.S. music from the Colonial period to the present. Focus on close listening and cultural trends. Topics include: parlor song, minstrelsy, Tin Pan Alley, ragtime, blues, jazz, modernism, country, rock, postmodernism.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement. 

MUS 232 Jazz
Prerequisites & Notes

No muisc training required. (Fall; normally offered in alternate years.)

Instructor
B. Lawing

A general introduction to jazz. The class will explore the roots of jazz, will critically examine jazz improvisation, and will present a history of jazz from its beginnings to the present.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement. 

MUS 241 Music of Latin America
Prerequisites & Notes

No music training required. (Fall; normally offered in alternate years.)

Instructor
Botelho

An introduction to the music of Hispanic and Luso American countries and cultures from colonial times to the present.  Topics include: sacred and secular colonial music, son, marimba music, vieja guardia music, tonada, milonga, tango, Latin jazz, samba, and bossa nova.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.  Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.  

MUS 246 Music of Brazil
Prerequisites & Notes

No music training required. (Fall; normally offered in alternate years; not offered in 2016-17.)

Instructor
Botelho

A survey of cultivated and vernacular traditions of Brazilian music from colonial times to the present. Topics include: sacred and secular colonial music, the barroco mineiro, nationalism, the avant-garde, samba, bossa nova, MPB, candomblé, jazz, tropical rock, and rap.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.  Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

POL 201 Methods and Statistics in Political Science
Prerequisites & Notes

Not open to first-year students.

Instructors
Ceka, Menkhaus, O'Geen, Rigger, Sellers, Toska

The framework of social science analysis, and the use of statistics for studying political problems. Topics range from research design and hypothesis testing to correlation and multiple regression.

Satisfies the Mathematical and Quantitative Thought distribution requirement. 

 

POL 226 Racial and Ethnic Politics
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

An exploration of the role of ethnic and racial identities in American political life, with special attention to debates about how best to incorporate various American minority groups into the political process.

Fulfills cultural diversity requirement.

POL 290 Politics of Africa
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Menkhaus

Survey of contemporary political conflicts, development  and international relations of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Sub-field = International and Comparative


Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
Fulfills cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies a requirement of the Africana Studies major.
Satisfies a requirement of the International Studies interdisciplinary minor.

POL 344 Politics and Economics of Brazil (= LAS 220)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
B. Crandall

Treatment of political and economic change in modern Brazil. Focus on inequality, violence, environmental protection, and US-Brazil relations. Course includes historical background from 1946 forward.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Provides credit towards the Latin American Studies major.

POL 347 Politics of Development
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Menkhaus

Theories of development and underdevelopment, assessment of development policies in practice, and study of political change in the Global South.


Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Counts toward the International Studies interdisciplinary minor.

REL 261 African American Religious Traditions
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Wills

The varied religious experiences of African Americans from pre-slavery through the Civil Rights movement.

Satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

REL 262 Imagining American Religion
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Wills

A study of how people have portrayed the religious dimension of life through works of narrative fiction. Examines the various motives - religious, political, aesthetic, or otherwise - that guide American imaginings about religion.
 

Satisfies a requirement in the Africana Studies major.
Satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives distribution requirement.

REL 365 Women in American Religion
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Wills

Using biographies and autobiographies of women from various periods and traditions of American religion, this course will explore women's roles in those traditions and the conventions through which those women have been portrayed.

Satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives distribution requirement.

 

REL 444 Black and Womanist Theology
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Foley

A study of African American theological writings written since the Black Power movement of the 1960s. Black theology refers typically to works written or inspired by theologian James H. Cone. Womanist theology describes a theology written specifically by and for African American women.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

SOC 105 Topics in Race and Religion
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Marti

The purpose of this course is to gain appreciation for sociological analysis at the intersection of race-ethnicity and religion through the life experience of Barack Obama.  We will consider a number of topics including the broader and complex effects of race and identity, politics and globalization, faith and community, economics and financial pressures, citizenship and public life, prejudice and discrimination, media and technology, as well as celebrity and symbolic leadership.


Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

SOC 205 Racial and Ethnic Relations
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Marti

Comparative and historical study of social processes related to racial and ethnic differences in modern complex societies. Readings in theoretical and descriptive literature, focusing on issues of unequal distribution of power and privilege, racism, and ethnic prejudice.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.  
Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
 

SOC 227 Hip Hop and Urban Sociology
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Ewoodzie

Our goal in this course is to interrogate some of the most pressing social problems that face urban Americans, paying particular attention to racial minorities who live in the most impoverished sections. We do so by comparing representations of these locales in hip hop music with social scientific research. We will cover four topics: economic inequality; housing and residential segregation; violence, crime, and punishment; and intimate life.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

SOC 228 Sociology of Cities and Urban Life
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Ewoodzie

Today, most of the world's people dwell in urban areas, and there is every indication that the future will be dominated by cities. Increasingly, then, the study of society is the study of urban society. Some of the principal questions of urban sociology are: (1) how and why cities come into being, (2) why they tend to become organized in particular ways, (3) how they are structured internally, (4) how people living in cities interact with one another, (5) how cities affect regions and individual nations, and (6) how urbanization and urbanism create different social problems.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
 

SOC 247 Global Development & Underdevelopment
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

This course introduces theory, research, and current debates in causes of global development and underdevelopment.  The course takes a critical and empirically grounded sociological approach.  Moreover, given the growing complexity of the international development agenda, the course material occasionally also draw from other social sciences including anthropology, economics, and political science. The course begins by tracing the historical chronology of the "development project" starting from the end of World War II to the present by focusing on changing meanings and "measures" of global development over time. The second part of the course uses case studies from Africa, Asia, and Latin America to introduce  correlates of global development and institutions that engender (or hinder) socioeconomic improvement.  Substantive topics include: international trade, globalization and global governance, state formation and democratization, the failures of foreign aid, development from below and NGOs, microfinance, gender and development, and sustainable development.

SOC 250 Inequality in America
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Ewoodzie

Theories and comparative examples of the unequal distribution of social resources and the consequences of inequality for social life.  Analysis of class structure, social mobility, and social programs to reduce inequality.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
 

SOC 261 Social Diversity & Inequality in Education (=EDU 260)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Kelly

This course focuses on issues of social diversity, social inequality, and social justice in education. It is designed to integrate cognitive development with the experiential aspects of social learning. Students will be encouraged to link new learning with their personal and social reality through structured writing assignments, cooperative learning activities, and critical experiential learning.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement. 
Counts toward the Education Interdisciplinary Minor.
Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.

SOC 310 Gender, Race, and Sports
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Kaufman


In this course, we will examine the interrelations between gender, race, and sports. We will view sports through a sociological lens and consider how sports are shaped by and in turn shape social interaction. We will focus on how sports influence our definitions of masculinity and femininity, the opportunities and obstacles sports provide for members of different racial/ethnic and gender groups, and the images associated with race, gender, and sports. We consider why certain sports are associated with certain races, how sport is used to prove masculinity, experiences of gay athletes, Title IX and issues of gender segregation, the politics of gender verification, sports as an opportunity for upward mobility, exploitation in college sports, racial position segregation in college football, sports and violence, the criminalization of black masculinity in sports, mascots and racial imagery, and representations of race and gender in sports media.

 Satisfies Gender and Sexuality Studies Major and Minor, Africana Studies Major and Minor, and Social Science Thought.

SOC 312 Gender, Race and Class in Media
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Kaufman

This course explores issues relevant to gender, race, and class in media. The course begins with the premise that all knowledge is constructed. As with other institutions, the media play a critical role in the construction of knowledge, particularly that related to our ideas about gender, race, and class. This course will mainly emphasize the representation of gender, race, and class in media.

Satisfies the Gender Studies, Interdisciplinary Major and Minor.

SOC 330 Sociology of Education (=EDU 330)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Kelly

An introduction to the sociological study of education in the United States, including an examination of the school as an organization within a larger environment. Explores the link between schools and social stratification by analyzing the mutually generative functions of schools and considers how processes within schools can lead to different outcomes for stakeholders.

Satisfies the Education Interdisciplinary Minor.
Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

SOC 340 Education in African American Society (=EDU 340)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Kelly

This seminar explores the social and historical forces shaping the education of people of African descent in the United States from slavery to the 21st century. We will examine values, beliefs, and perspectives on education across gender and class lines, individual and group efforts toward building educational institutions and organizations, hidden or forgotten educational initiatives and programming, and cross-cultural projects to promote literacy and achievement in African American society. 

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies the Education Interdisciplinary Minor.
Africana Studies

SOC 371 Critical Race Theory (= AFR 371 and EDU 371)
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Kelly

Introduces students to the development of critical race theory as a specific theoretical framework to explain or to investigate how race and racism are organized and operate within the United States.  The course will have a sociological focus with emphasis on critical race scholarship that includes, but is not limited to, an analysis of double consciousness, colorblindness, intersectionality, whiteness as property, racial microaggressions, and structures of power.  Students will also explore central tenets and key writings advanced in the 1990s primarily by African American, Latino/a, and Asian American scholars in law, education, and public policy.  The course is both reading intensive and extensive with a major writing assignment that addresses a theoretical problem that grows out of the course topics and discussions.

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies.
Satisfies a minor requirement in Educational Studies.
Satisfies Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
 

SOC 373 Contemporary Social Theory
Prerequisites & Notes

Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors only.

 

Instructor
Ewoodzie

This course is designed to provide broad overview of contemporary social theory and introduces you to the concepts, writings, and arguments of some of the most important social theorists of the 20th century. We will discuss complex interrelated cultural, social, political and economic issues and discover how social theorists have dealt with them during the decades in the 20th century when their theories were advanced. Most important, we will endeavor to understand how these issues affect our understanding of the world and the everyday lived experience. The terms and concepts we will get familiarized with are concepts such as social mechanisms, social action, social structure, as well as modernity, post-structuralism, critical theory, rational choice theory, postmodernism, and cultural studies.  

Satisfies Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement

 

SOC 390 Qualitative Research Methods
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Marti, Ewoodzie

This class provides students with training in qualitative field research methods, with an emphasis on participant observation and in-depth interviewing. Students will conduct their own semester-long empirical research projects, going through the entire process of research design, data collection, coding, analysis, and writing. Readings and class sessions will focus on both theoretical foundations and techniques of interpretive, qualitative research. One of the best ways to develop research skills is to get out there and try it, to reflect on the process as you go, and to talk about what is working and not working for you with a group of colleagues and peers. Therefore, students will have extensive opportunities to reflect on their own research practices, learning by doing.

SOC 391 Survey Methodology
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Deckard, Kaufman

This course introduces students to survey research methods.  Sociology is based on empirical data.  Sociologists are trained to collect data in order to answer questions.  One of the most commonly used forms of data collection within sociology is the survey.  In this course, students will gain experience in designing a survey, sampling, administering a survey, and analyzing survey data. 

 

SOC 392 Quantitative Data Analysis
Prerequisites & Notes

A semester of college-level introductory statistics course in Sociology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, or Mathematics, such as SOC 260, ECO 105, POL 221, or MAT 341.

Instructor
Deckard, Kaufman

The purpose of this class is to prepare you as a future producer and evaluator of high-quality quantitative research - whether as a social scientist, as a decision-maker in a corporate setting, or as a designer and evaluator of social policy. Extending theoretical concepts from introductory Social Statistics coursework, this class provides students with hands-on quantitative analysis experience using existing quantitative research. We survey, and learn to replicate and evaluate, various types of regressions, structural equation models, and longitudinal analyses. Additionally, students learn to critically engage with and evaluate social network analyses, geo-spatial analyses and mixed method research methodologies. Students will complete a capstone project that builds on their existing research, ending the semester with a manuscript able to be presented at a formal conference.



Satisfies Mathematical and Quantitative Thought distribution requirement.

SOC 430 Race and Religious Faith
Prerequisites & Notes

Third or fourth year standing and permission of the instructor.

Instructor 
Marti

The seminar focuses on the historic Black Church in America as well as religion and migration among non-native, ethnic congregations (whether church, temple, or mosque) in order to examine the relations between race-ethnicity, religion, and broader civic society today. The course also examines the rare achievement of multi-ethnic/multi-racial religious communities. The broader and complex effects of politics and globalization, economics and financial pressures, citizenship and public life, prejudice and discrimination, media and technology, innovations and social change will be discussed throughout the course.

Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.

SPA 344 Latino Culture in the U.S.
Prerequisites & Notes

Spanish 260 and 270 or their equivalents. (Spring)

Instructor
González

This survey course explores the development of a distinctly Latina/o culture in the U.S. Topics covered include: the changing nature of geographic and economic borders from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century; the history and legacy of racism and xenophobia; the construction of canons; the politics of bilingualism; Chicana and Latina feminisms; culturally specific manifestations of gender and sexuality; and the exoticization and marginalization of Latina/o culture. Conducted in Spanish.

Satisfies Area III for the major in Hispanic Studies.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.