Africana Studies Program

Dr. David S. Surrey, Program Director

The Africana Studies Program offers a minor in Africana Studies that includes both Africana Studies courses and courses from Business Administration, Education, Economics, Fine Arts, History, Latin American/Latino Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Theology and Urban Studies to provide students with a foundation for understanding the historical underpinnings of current events involving people of African ancestry.

Requirements for a Minor in Africana Studies

AS-177Introduction to Africana Studies3
AS-443Black Theology 13
AS-490Seminar in Africana Studies3
Select 3 of the following:9
Introduction to Latin America and Latino Studies
Introduction to Nonviolence
Urban Music: Jazz to Hip-Hop
Egyptian Art
Black Hair and Identity in America
Sociology of Salsa
The Islamic World 622-1800
Cultural Diversity in Art
Black Community and the Law
Issues in the Latino Community
Minority Group Relations
Intercultural Relations
Political Development
Ethnicity and Race in Urban History 1
Comparative Politics: Middle East and North Africa
Literature, Culture and Society Issues of West Africa
Economic Development
The U.S. Civil Rights Movement
Theology and Urban Problems
Short-Term Study Abroad (Travel Course)
Total Credits18

Values Course


AS-130. Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies. 3 Credits.

This course will introduce students to the study of Latin America as a region-it's history, culture, politics and economic development- and Latino Studies, which examines the experiences of people of Latin American descent in the U. S.

AS-177. Introduction to Africana Studies. 3 Credits.

This course offers an introduction to the field of Africana Studies. It includes the theoretical foundations for this discipline as well as an historical exploration of forces leading to emergence of artistic, music, poetry and social movements.

AS-200. Ethnic and Racial Relations. 3 Credits.

The study of inter ethnic and interracial relations. American and international experiences of immigrant groups, majorities, minorities, dominant cultures, and subcultures. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

AS-202. Urban Music: Jazz to Hip-Hop. 3 Credits.

This course studies the history of urban music from jazz to rock and roll up to today's urban sounds. The course will concentrate both on the music and its socioeconomic impact on the urban landscape.

AS-213. Multiculturalism in Justice. 3 Credits.

Understanding community groups of various ethnic, racial and cultural backgrounds, elevating the awareness in Law Enforcement Agencies. Prerequisites: CJ-165 CJ-170.

AS-219. Exploring Urban Experience Through Film. 3 Credits.

This course uses masterpieces of cinema to explore the city and urban culture. Topics will include the economy, race, culture, gender, immigration, gentrification and crime. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

AS-223. Latin America Today: People, Culture and Issues. 3 Credits.

This course provides an overview of the diverse societies of Latin America from a social science perspective. We will explore everyday life and experiences as they relate to culture and diversity, race, ethnicity and gender, politics and the economy, migration and urbanization, social justice and pop culture.

AS-224. Black Hair and Identity in America. 3 Credits.

This course will examine the social, cultural and political significance of black hair in America. It will explore hair's profound impact on identity. Black hair is embedded in notions of race, ethnicity, gender and class. Prerequisites: AS-175 AS-177 SO-121 OR UR-151.

AS-227. The Sociology of Salsa. 3 Credits.

This course combines dance lessons with sociological exploration of New York/New Jersey?s salsa scene. Lessons are complemented by discussions on the origins of the music as it relates to Latin American and Caribbean history and Latino migration to the northeast.

AS-230. Black Politics. 3 Credits.

A study of black organizations as interest groups examination of group organizational problems analysis of difficulties encountered by groups in the political interaction of an urban environment. Prerequisites: AS-175 AS-177 SO-121 OR UR-151.

AS-235. Harlem Renaissance. 3 Credits.

The examination of the art, music, poetry, and politics of the Harlem community in the 1920's and 1930's. Prerequisites: UR-151 OR SO-121.

AS-245. Haitians in America: Culture and Identity. 3 Credits.

Examines the history and experiences in America, paying special attention to how and why Haitians come to the U.S. It also explores patterns of settlement and mobility as well as interaction with other groups. Prerequisites: AS-175 OR AS-177 OR SO-121.

AS-251. Ethnic and Racial Politics in the U.S.. 3 Credits.

An examination of how different ethnic and racial groups participate in politics, how the political system has and does respond to group demands, and the role of ethnic group political culture in shaping group success.

AS-273. Global Feminisms. 3 Credits.

This interdisciplinary course explores global issues and debates regarding significant issues affecting women's lives and opportunities for equality.

AS-308. Modern Africa. 3 Credits.

This course studies the indigenous and imperial cultures of Africa since 1800 with emphasis on Anglophone and Francophone regions. Prerequisites: HS-121 HS-122.

AS-310. Feminist Political Theory. 3 Credits.

Historical overview of feminist political activity in the United States and an analysis of feminist theory: liberal feminism, Marxist feminism, radical feminism, and post-modern feminism.

AS-318. African-American Communication In American Culture. 3 Credits.

The communication styles of African-Americans have been integral in the creation of modern American culture. This course will trace the beginnings of this communication to its expression today in the United States. The evidence includes oral, visual, early written, and electronically mediated communication of African-Americans with specific examples in songs, dance, storytelling, and preaching artifacts, adornments and crafts pamphlets, slave narratives and journals and filmmakers, performers and composers. Prerequisites: CM-115 CM-117 OR CM-120.

AS-320. Urban Legal Issues. 3 Credits.

Study of housing, crime, welfare, education, etc., as issues pertinent to modern urban living; the role of the legal system in designing, directing and maintaining the present conditions of these urban services and institutions.

AS-322. Black Novel. 3 Credits.

A review of fictional writings by African-American authors of the 19th and 20th centuries.

AS-324. Poverty and Inequality. 3 Credits.

Description and anaylsis of the causes, characteristics and consequences of poverty. Links between poverty and inequality. Measurement of the different dimensions of poverty and inequality. Comparative analysis of poverty and inequality across countries. Poverty reduction policies and strategies. Prerequisites: EC-101 EC-102.

AS-333. Black Community and the Law. 3 Credits.

An examination of the role of the American legal process in African American history from 1619 to the present, with concentration on laws and their application during the slavery and post-slavery era, the early and mid 1900's, and in modern rural and urban life. Topics include civil rights, constitutional, property, and criminal law.

AS-340. Intercultural Relations. 3 Credits.

An examination of the influence of cultural factors on human thought, emotion and action. Theoretical and methodological issues in intercultural relations are reviewed and observational studies conducted. Prerequisites: SO-121.

AS-351. Issues in the Hispanic Community. 3 Credits.

AS-352. Minority Group Relations. 3 Credits.

Analysis of the shifting relationships between groups. Course explores the dynamics of how and why different ethnicities come together and grow apart. Questions the underlying forces behind these movements. Prerequisites: AS-175 AS-177 SO-121 OR UR-151.

AS-353. Sociology of the Black Family. 3 Credits.

Course examines the black family in historical and contemporary perspectives. Emphasis is placed on how these are a variety of ?families? in the African-American community as well as all other communities. Prerequisites: AS-175 AS-177 SO-121 OR UR-151.

AS-359. African-American Writers. 3 Credits.

A survey of the major literary achievements of black American writers. May be substituted for EL134. Prerequisites: EL-123 OR HP-119.

AS-368. Health and Inequalities: Race, Class and Gender. 3 Credits.

This course critically examines the relationship between health status and social inequalities along the lines of race and ethnicity, social class and gender. We begin with an overview of epidemiology and the idea of studying health from a sociological perspective. We then consider the complex relationship between socio-economic status (class) and health statuses, followed by an examination of specific health issues for major racial/ethnic minorities and gender groups. We will try to understand how low socioeconomic status leads to poor health, how conscious, unconscious, and institutionalized racial/gender bias affects medical care and health outcomes, and address ideas for reducing health disparities among all groups. Prerequisites: SO-121.

AS-399. Tutorial. 1 Credit.

AS-411. Nationalism and Revolution. 3 Credits.

A comparative and analytical study of nationalism and revolutionary movements. Nation-building in contemporary underdeveloped countries.

AS-412. Ethnicity and Race in Urban History. 3 Credits.

Includes the African and European immigrant experiences in America, the effects of slavery and urbanization, and the formation of class consciousness. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

AS-428. Literature, Culture and Society Issues: West Africa. 3 Credits.

A study of seminal texts representing the Malinke, Igbo, Chanaian, Wolog, Bambara, and Senegalese peoples of West Africa.

AS-443. Black Theology. 3 Credits.

The study of the origins and influence of the major religious traditions found in the American black community. May be used as a substitute for Th120. Prerequisites: TH-110 TH-117 HP-117.

AS-454. Black Films. 3 Credits.

A survey of 20th century film making by and about African-Americans. Prerequisites: AS-175 AS-177 SO-121 OR UR-151.

AS-460. U.S. Civil Rights Movement. 3 Credits.

Analysis of the origins, processes, and outcomes of the twentieth century black American Civil Rights struggle.

AS-486. Seminar Political Theory: Genocide. 3 Credits.

After a through conceptualization of genocide, the course will examine case studies of modern genocide, ranging from the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will also be challenged to critique certain academic definitions of genocide and will discuss dehumanization, denial and reconciliation.

AS-487. Theology of Social and Racial Justice. 3 Credits.

Study of major contemporary Christian documents, particularly regarding economics and poverty, administration of criminal justice, cause and responses to racism. Prerequisites: TH-110 TH-120.

AS-490. Seminar in Africana Studies. 3 Credits.

This capstone course will provide students with the opportunity to synthesis their previous 15 credits, as well as materials from other courses, into a senior thesis research. Prerequisites: EC-101 EC-102.