Chair, Associate Professor KENDA B. MUTONGI

Advisory Committee: Professors: E. D. BROWN, EPPEL, SINGHAM*, D. L. SMITH***. Associate Professors: ALI***, MUTONGI. Assistant Professors: BURTON, LONG, PIEPRZAK, ROBOLIN. Visiting Associate Professor: HONDERICH§. Visiting Artist in Residence in Africana Studies and Music: BRYANT**. Sterling Brown Professor: MARABLE. Mellon Fellow in Africana Studies and English: WINGARD.

Candidates for a concentration in "Africana Studies: African Americans, Africans and the Diaspora" complete five courses. The two core courses are: AFR 200 as an introductory course (generally team-taught); and AFR 400, the senior seminar with special topics or themes emphasized each year. An honors thesis is also an option for students wishing to conduct advanced research and study. Additional courses may be taken with affiliated faculty and visiting professors associated with the program. We encourage students to take at least one course in a program/department other than Africana Studies and consider an experiential learning winter study session; however, the majority of your courses should be selected from among those offered by core faculty.

The honors thesis, taken in addition to the five courses with permission of the chair/mentoring faculty, consists of one or two semesters of work and a winter study.

Courses offered by the program:

AFR 200 Introduction to Africana Studies

AFR 400 Senior Seminar

AFR 491 Senior Honors Thesis

AFR 492 Senior Honors Thesis



ArtH 205 Picturing Race: From Early Modern Europe to Now

American Studies

English/American Studies 220 Introduction to African-American Writing

English/American Studies 345 Black Arts

English/American Studies 372 African-American Literary Thought and Culture


Economics 204/Environmental Studies 234 Economic Development in Poor Countries


English 236 Witnessing: Slavery and Its Aftermath

English 250 Revolutionary African Literature

English 251 Defining the African Diaspora

English 252 South African and American Intersections

English 348 Imagining Africa: The Politics of Representation

English 364 Women Writing Africa


History 164 Slavery in the American South

History 202 Early-African History Through the Era of the Slave Trade

History 203 Sub-Saharan Africa Since 1800

History 242 Latin America From Conquest to Independence

History 249 The Caribbean From Slavery to Independence

History 281 African-American History, 1619-1865

History 304 South Africa and Apartheid

History 308 Gender and Society in Modern Africa

History 331 The French and Haitian Revolutions

History 342 Creating Nations and Nationalism in Latin America

History 346 History of Modern Brazil

History 364 History of the Old South

History 365 History of the New South

History 370 Studies in American Social Change

History/Women's and Gender Studies 383 The History of Black Women in America: From Slavery to the Present

History 443 Slavery, Race and Ethnicity in Latin America

History 456 Civil War and Reconstruction

History 483T African Political Thought


Music 122 African-American Music

Music 125 Music Cultures of the World

Music 130 History of Jazz

Music 140 Introduction to the Music of Duke Ellington

Music 141 Introduction to the Music of John Coltrane

Music 209 Music in History III: Music of the Twentieth Century

Music 212 Jazz Theory and Improvisation I

Music 213 Jazz Theory and Improvisation II

Music 220 Rhythm and Jazz in America, Brazil and Cuba

Political Science

Political Science 213 Theory and Practice of Civil Rights Protest

Political Science 239 Political Thinking About Race: Resurrecting the Political in Contemporary Texts on the Black Experience

Political Science 302 Race, Culture, and Incarceration

Political Science 318 The Voting Rights Act and the Voting Movements

Political Science 323T The Origins of Totalitarianism

Political Science 331T Non-Profit Organization and Community Change


Psychology 341 Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination


Theatre 241 Performing Race: From Shakespeare to Spike Lee


A candidate for honors in Africana Studies must maintain at least a B+ average in the concentration and be admitted to candidacy by the program faculty. In addition to the five courses normally required for the concentration, an honors candidate will enroll in either AFR 491 or 492 plus a Winter Study in his or her senior year, in order to complete a substantial written thesis or an equivalent project in the performing or studio arts. A student wishing to become a candidate for honors in Africana Studies should secure a faculty sponsor and inform the program chair in writing before spring registration of her/his junior year.

An honors project should demonstrate creativity, depth, and intellectual rigor. A candidate for honors is encouraged to pursue non-traditional projects, such as presentations in the performing arts, visual arts, or creative writing, as well as more conventional research projects. The advisor will evaluate the honors project, and the program faculty will then decide whether to confer honors.


The curricular impact on potential majors of studying abroad in the junior year would be positive if students chose to study in countries that reflect the Africana diaspora.