Chair, Professor ALEX W. WILLINGHAM

Advisory Committee: Professors: DICKERSON, A. WILLINGHAM. Associate Professors: E. D. BROWN, SINGHAM*. Assistant Professors: FARRED, MUTONGI. Senior Lecturer: E. GRUDIN.

The aim of the program of Afro-American Studies is to allow students to consolidate some of their course elections in the social sciences and humanities focusing on the history, culture, and social experience of Africans and their descendants in the Western Hemisphere.

All students enrolled as concentrators in the Afro-American Studies program are required to complete a total of five courses in the program, including a culminating senior independent study project (491 or 492) and one Winter Study Project dealing with a subject relevant to the objectives of the program. Winter Study Projects not offered by the program should be approved by the chair.

Senior projects may be done in the fall or spring semester. They will be evaluated by the project advisor and reviewed by the chair of the program. Students must propose their projects and secure an advisor by no later than the end of registration of the semester in which they are enrolled in 491 or 492. The chair may modify the requirements for the Senior Project in exceptional circumstances.

Students may select their required courses from the following:

One course in an Afro-American subject:

AAS 491 Senior Project

AAS 492 Senior Project

AAS 030 Winter Study

English 220 Introduction to African-American Writing

History 261 African-American History Through Emancipation

History 262 African-American History From Reconstruction to the Present

Political Science 213 Theory and Practice of Civil Rights Protest

One course in an African subject:

History 269 A Survey of Modern African History, 1800-Present

History 270 Early African History Through the Era of the Slave Trade

History 325/AMES 402 South Africa and Apartheid

History 373 African Political Thought

Two additional courses selected from those listed above or from the following:

Economics 213 Economic Development in Africa (Deleted 1998-99)

English 350 Reading Wright to Morrison

English 359 Black South African Literature

History 104 Slavery in the American South

History 225 The Caribbean from Slavery to Independence: A Comparison of Empires

History 303/Religion 225 Afro-American Religious History

History 315 The Civil Rights Movement

History 318 The Black Radical Tradition in America

History 360 Civil War and Reconstruction

History 366T W. E. B. DuBois

Music 122 Afro-American Music

Music 130 History of Jazz

Music 212 Jazz Theory and Improvisation

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

Political Science 318 The Voting Rights Act and the Voting Rights Movement

Political Science 332 Fugitive Identities: Slavery and the Boundaries of American Politics

Theatre 211 African-American Performance

Theatre 314 African-American Theatre

Recommended Elective Courses

Economics 204 Economic Development in Poor Countries

Economics 212 Sustainable Development

Economics 237 The Economics of Inequality and Poverty

Economics 386 The Economics of Inequality

English/Philosophy 109 Blinding Knowledge

English 209 American Literature: Origins to 1865

English 210 American Literature: 1865-Present

English 338 Literature of the American Renaissance

English 342 Post Colonial Literature

English/Literary Studies 355 Theorizing Whiteness

English 357 Contemporary American Fiction

Greek 405 The Greek Historians: Herodotus

History 101 America in the 1960s

History 105 The Expansion of Europe

History/Environmental Studies 116 Environmental History of Africa

History 222 European Imperialism: The Conquest and Division of the World

History 227 Comparative American Immigration History

History 246 Cultural Encounters in the American West

History 248 Twentieth Century American Politics

History 275/Religion 231 The Origins of Islam: God, Empire and Apocalypse

History 283/Religion 232 Women and Islam

History 301A Faith and Reason: Critical Explorations in American Religious History

History 304 American Labor History

History 306 Urban Theory

History 307 The French and Haitian Revolutions

History 308 Studies in American Social Change

History 311 History of the Old South

History 312 History of the New South

History 316 Class, Gender and Race in Post 1945 Britain

History 351 Slavery, Capitalism, and Revolution: The Impact of the New World on Europe, 1700-1900

History 355 Comparative Slavery and Race Relations in Latin America

History 364 Imagining Urban America, Three Case Studies: Boston, Chicago, and L.A.

History 368T The Politics and Rhetoric of Exclusion: Immigration and its Discontents

History 375/Religion 226 Twentieth-Century American Religious Movements

History 381 The Ghetto from Venice to Harlem

Literary Studies 111 Traveling Fictions: Encountering the Other Through Tourism, Time Travel, Exile

Music 111 Popular Music: Revolutions in the History of Rock

Music 114 American Music

Music 125 Music Cultures of the World

Music 131 Gender, Class, and Race in Western Musical Society

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

Philosophy 206/Political Science 336 Morality and Law

Philosophy/Political Science/EXPR 250 The Philosophy and Politics of Higher Education

Political Science 204 Introduction to Comparative Politics: Dodging the Apocalypse in South Africa

Political Science 209 Poverty in America

Political Science 219 Constitutional Law

Political Science 231 American Political Thought

Political Science 235 Multi-Culturalism and Political Theory

Political Science 312 Southern Politics

Political Science 331T Non-Profit Organization and Community Change

Political Science 342 Intolerance and Political Tolerance

Psychology 341 Stereotypes, Prejudices, and Discrimination

Religion 281 Conflicts of Identity in Late Modern Literature: Gender, Religion, Ethnicity, Politics

Sociology 203 Social Inequality

Sociology 220 Ethnicity

Theatre 210 Multicultural Performance

Theatre 304 The Peacock and the Doll (Deleted 1998-99)

Theatre 321 Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Minstrelsy

And the culminating Senior Project (491 or 492)


Candidates for honors in Afro-American Studies must maintain at least a B+ average in the concentration and be admitted to candidacy by the program faculty. In addition to the regular requirements for the concentration, candidates for honors are also required to take one course specifically related to their Senior Project (see above). It is also required that honors candidates devote one independent study course (491 or 492) and their senior year Winter Study to the completion of their Senior Project. That Winter Study may also serve to fill the regular Winter Study Project requirement for the concentration. Honors Senior Projects should demonstrate unusual creativity, depth, and intellectual rigor.

Candidates for honors are permitted and encouraged to pursue non-traditional projects, such as presentations in the performing arts, visual arts, or creative writing, as well as more traditional interdisciplinary studies. Honors Senior Projects will be evaluated by the advisor, and the program faculty will decide whether honors should be conferred. Students wishing to become candidates for honors in Afro-American Studies should inform the chair of the program in writing before spring registration of their junior year.


Several courses in Afro-American Studies count for credit in the American Studies major. Therefore, students in American Studies can easily complete requirements for an Afro-American Studies concentration by electing one course in an African subject and by taking Afro-American Studies 491. Another three courses must be chosen which satisfy both American Studies and Afro-American Studies requirements.