MaconCatalog : College of Liberal Arts and Sciences : ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS
Chester J. Fontenot, Jr., Director/Professor of English
Matthew Harper, Associate Professor of History
Chinekwu Obidoa, Associate Professor of Global Health
Africana Studies provides an opportunity for students to study the legacy of Africa and the African Diaspora and to explore other issues concerning race and class.
Major in Africana Studies
27 semester credit hours minimum
AFR 190. Introduction to Africana Studies
AFR 230. Religion and the American Black Experience
AFR 224. Sub-Saharan Africa to Independence
One course from:
AFR 359. African American Literature: Beginnings to the Harlem Renaissance
AFR 360. African American Literature: Harlem Renaissance to the Present
AFR 363. African American History
AFR 495. Senior Seminar in Africana Studies. All majors are required to complete AFR 495 with a minimum grade of C.
Three AFR electives, one of which must come from courses numbered 300 or above
Majors may earn Honors in Africana Studies by fulfilling the following requirements: (1) attain a grade point average of 3.50 in the major; (2) complete a research thesis under the direction of an Honors advisor, and (3) have this thesis approved by a faculty committee consisting of three instructors who are formally affiliated with the Africana Studies Program.
Minor in Africana Studies
15 semester credit hours minimum
AFR 190. Introduction to Africana Studies
AFR 363. African American History
Nine additional hours, at least three of which must come from AFR courses numbered 300 or above
AFR 190. Introduction to Africana Studies (3 hours)
This course is designed to help students understand the academic models, approaches and methodologies that characterize African American Studies. In this course, students will become aware of how the African American experience has been defined and researched from an interdisciplinary perspective including literature, religion, sociology, anthropology, psychology, education, folklore, science and music. This course is required for the Africana Studies major and minor. (Every year)
AFR 198. Special Introductory Topics in Africana Studies: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
Study of an introductory topic in Africana Studies not covered in any of the departmental offerings. This course may be applied to the Africana Studies major or minor. (Occasionally)
AFR 210. Civil Rights and the Black American (3 hours)
The development of civil rights of black Americans from slavery to the present. Consideration will be given to political, social, economic, and philosophical forces that shaped federal and state law and to the legal doctrine embodied in various judicial decisions and legislation in such areas as education, voting, unemployment, and public facilities. Particular attention will be paid to theories of social movements and to the expansion of civil rights language in American culture. Students will engage the works of social and political theorists, economists, historians, and cultural critics. The characteristics of the legislative and judicial processes will also receive attention. (Occasionally)
AFR 221. Prison Narratives (3 hours)
(Same as ENG 221)
This course is designed to help students understand the development of the American prison system from a historical-critical perspective as well as from a prisoner perspective. In this course, students will become aware of the changing nature of American prisons from slavery, through state and federally owned institutions, to private for-profit systems. Students will read works about prisons from a number of different genres. (Every year)
AFR 224. Sub-Saharan Africa to Independence (3 hours)
(Same as HIS 224)
A study of sub-Saharan Africa before and during imperialism, addressing the spread of Islam, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and the effects upon Africans of European trade, conquest, and administration. (Every two years)
AFR 225. Latin America and the Caribbean (3 hours)
(Same as HIS 225)
A study of Latin America and the Caribbean from the 15th century to the present addressing subjects such as indigenous culture, the establishment of European empires and African slavery in the region, 19th century independence movements, and 20th century national and economic developments. (Every two years)
AFR 230. Religion and the American Black Experience (3 hours)
A consideration of traditional Christian, secularized, and other religious manifestations of black culture in America, with emphasis upon the modern period. (Every year)
AFR 295. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (3 hours)
(Same as SOC 295)
This course examines the social factors that have shaped understandings of race across time and place, and the implications of these categories for race relations and racial identity. Students will examine the intersections between race and social institutions (e.g., education, media, and criminal justice) and how prejudice, discrimination, and racism operate through these institutions. (Every two years)
AFR 300. Special Topics in Africana Studies: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
A study of some significant topic not available through other departmental course offerings. Topics will be announced in advance. Students may take this course no more than twice for credit. (Every year)
AFR 310. Race, Gender, and Media (3 hours)
(Same as JMS 310 and WGS 310)
This course will critically examine the role of the media in enabling, facilitating, or challenging the social constructions of race and gender in our society. We will consider the mass media to be one among many other social institutions such as religion, education, and family, which strongly influence our everyday notions of race and gender. The course will address a variety of entertainment and news content in print and electronic media. (Every other year)
AFR 330. Race, Law, and Politics (3 hours)
(Same as POL 330)
This course explores the unique political experiences of racial minorities with particular emphasis on both traditional (e.g., voting, office holding, and lobbying) and non-traditional (e.g., riots/protests, music, mass movements) efforts to gain political stamina. The course will focus on the quality of minority political leadership, ideology, participation, representation, and strategies for empowerment. (Every two years)
AFR 342. The Atlantic Slave Trade (3 hours)
(Same as HIS 342)
A study of the human trafficking of Africans across the Atlantic from the late 15th to the late 19th centuries addressing subjects such as the origins, expansion, and decline of the trade, how enslaved people coped and resisted, and the trade’s impact on Africa, Europe, and the Americas. (Every two years)
AFR 351. Black Philosophical Perspective (3 hours)
An examination of the ideas and influence of black thinkers and leaders throughout the world. Writings of such figures as Fanon, Carmichael, Garvey, Nkrumah, King, Booker T. Washington, Dubois, Malcolm X, and Douglass will be compared and contrasted. (Occasionally)
AFR 356. The United States in the Civil War Era, 1840s-1865 (3 hours)
(Same as HIS 356)
A study of the Civil War era addressing subjects such as Abolitionism, the rise of Confederate nationalism and the division of the Union, military conflict surrounding sectionalism, emancipation of enslaved peoples, and the restoration of the Union. (Every two years)
AFR 359. African American Literature: Beginnings to the Harlem Renaissance (3 hours)
(Same as ENG 359)
A survey of classic writings in African American literature presented in their historical con- texts. The course includes essays analyzing the political and social status of African Americans at various points during the period and representative works by major poets and fiction writers. Reading lists vary from year to year, but generally include such authors as Brown, Chestnut, Harper, the Grimkes, Larsen, Bontemps, DuBois, and Washington. (Every year)
AFR 360. African American Literature: Harlem Renaissance to the Present (3 hours)
(Same as ENG 360)
A chronological study of the development of African American literature since the Harlem Renaissance. The course attempts to place African American literature in the context of world and American literature by examining prevalent themes and traditions as presented in fiction, poetry, and drama. Reading lists vary from year to year, but generally include such authors as Wright, Baldwin, Morrison, Angelou, Sanchez, Baraka, McMillan, Walker, and Wideman. (Every two years)
AFR 361. The Rise and Fall of Plantation Slavery in the South (3 hours)
(Same as HIS 361)
The development of Southern culture, with emphasis on the social, economic, and cultural life. Some attention is given to political problems. (Every two years)
AFR 362. Twentieth-Century South (3 hours)
(Same as HIS 362)
A study of the American South from the 1910s to the turn of the 21st century addressing such issues as race relations, industrialization of the region, and the evolution of southern culture. (Every two years)
AFR 363. African American History (3 hours)
(Same as HIS 363)
A study of important aspects of African American history from the colonial era to the present addressing such subjects as resistance to slavery and white supremacy, migration, cultural and intellectual contributions, gender and family, internationalism, and political activism. (Every two years)
AFR 365. Environmental Politics and Policy (3 hours)
(Same as POL 365)
This course covers both the formulation and implementation of environmental policies by looking at historic and current trends in the United States. It looks at how political institutions (federal and state), businesses, the environmental movement/interest groups, and the general public conflict and cooperate over issues like air and water pollution, land use, energy, hazardous waste, climate change and other environmental issues. Other topics covered include environmental justice and the disparate effects policy may have on minorities and the poor. Finally, it investigates the implementation of these regulations and how environmental and health outcomes vary across time, socioeconomic conditions, and political situations. (Every other year)
AFR 370. Health in Africa (3 hours)
Same as GHS 370
Prerequisite: GHS 200.
An interdisciplinary examination of health on the African continent. This course will examine such topics as disease burden, globalization, traditional healing systems, and the roles of history, culture, politics, and economics in shaping African health. Drawing from practical case studies from different countries, students will learn about how these multiple determinants of health intersect in shaping health and wellbeing in the continent. (Every two years)
AFR 386. Race, Gender, and Crime (3 hours)
(Same as SOC 386 and WGS 386)
Prerequisite: CRJ 160, SOC 101, WGS 180, or AFR 190.
A theoretical and empirical study of the significance of race and gender to criminal offending and criminal justice processing. Students will examine how gender and race influence criminal involvement and experiences in the criminal justice system and consider the implications of intersections of race, gender, and other social positions to contemporary issues of crime and criminal justice. (Every two years)
AFR 389. The Black Woman (3 hours)
(Same as WGS 389)
An historical and literary examination of the black woman and her role in American culture. (Every two years)
AFR 397. Preceptorship (1-2 hours)
Prerequisite: permission of department chair.
Selected students will serve as learning facilitators in a class typically at the 100-200 level. Preceptors commonly attend all classes, read assigned texts, participate in class discussions, and take on other duties as assigned, but are not allowed to grade the work of students enrolled in the course. Each preceptor will reflect on the preceptorship experience in accordance with departmental practices, usually by keeping a journal during the semester. At least three hours of work per week are required for every hour of credit. Successful completion of the course meets the EXP requirement (EXP 408). Graded S/U. May not be counted toward the major or minor. May be repeated once for a maximum of four credit hours. (As needed)
AFR 398. Internship in Africana Studies (1-3 hours)
Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and permission of department chair.
An internship offering majors and minors practical field work with local or national Africana-oriented organizations. Students are expected to work for the local or national agency at least 3 hours per week for each credit hour awarded. Graded S/U. (As requested)
AFR 490. Supervised Practical Research: A Field Project (3 hours)
This course requires that the advanced student attempt to solve a limited problem in human relations by use of knowledge gained in course-work and by employment of existing com- munity resources and agencies. (Occasionally)
AFR 495. Senior Seminar in Africana Studies (3 hours)
A course designed to fulfill the exit requirement for students majoring in Africana Studies. Open as well to AFR minors and other students with senior standing in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Emphasizing supervised research projects, this seminar enables students to compare methodologies and perspectives, to examine specific problems in Africana Studies, and to sharpen their skills as researchers and writers. This course is required for the Africana Studies major. (Every year)