Program Adviser: Ralph Austen, P 214, 702-8344
Program Coordinating Committee: Andrew Apter, H 318, 702-7735;
Ralph Austen, Co-chairman, P 214, 702-8344; Edgar G. Epps, J 328,
702-1578; Kenneth Warren, Chairman, G-B 429, 702-9761
Program Office: P 214, 702-8344
Program of Study
The Bachelor of Arts concentration in African and African-American Studies provides a context in which College students might examine African and African-American cultures and communities from a rigorous, interdisciplinary perspective. Its intellectual justification lies in the direction taken by African and African-American studies over the past few years, which has been characterized by a growing insistence on the integrity and coherence of the links (historical, sociocultural, and experiential) between Africa and its diasporas.
The concentration requires a B.A. thesis and eleven courses distributed according to the following guidelines:
1. Six basic courses dealing with African and African-American materials. These must include the three-quarter African civilization sequence and a combination of three courses in African or African-American subjects approved by the Program Coordinating Committee. Because the African civilization sequence is used to fulfill a program requirement, students should take another civilization sequence to satisfy their general education requirement. The remaining three courses are to be selected from other offerings listed by the committee in any year.
2. Three courses in the social sciences and/or the humanities relevant to African and African-American studies. The courses require approval by the Program Coordinating Committee and should contribute to the overall coherence and integrity of a student's program of study. Courses in a language such as Portuguese, Arabic, French, or Swahili may be used to satisfy this requirement. Students may also learn an African language such as Zulu under the auspices of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, through which the necessary arrangements can be made. The College language requirement must still be satisfied.
3. Two reading courses, taken during the student's final year, to prepare a B.A. thesis. Students are required to write the B.A. thesis under the supervision of a faculty member approved by the Program Coordinating Committee. The committee must approve the proposed paper topic by the end of the autumn quarter of the final year.
It is expected that the general education requirements in the social sciences are completed before a student enters the program. A student who has not done so should complete them during the first year of the program.
Each student in the program has an adviser who is a member of the program faculty, listed below, or a lecturer appointed for his or her special knowledge of African or African-American subjects.
Summary of Requirements
3 SOSC 22500-22600-22700 (Introduction to African Civilization
I, II, III)
3 approved African or African-American courses
3 relevant courses in the social sciences and/or humanities
1 reading course (AFAM 29700)
1 B.A. thesis (AFAM 29900)
Grading. All courses must be taken for a quality grade.
Honors. The B.A. with honors is awarded to all students who meet the following requirements: a grade point average of at least 3.0 overall and 3.25 in the concentration, and a grade of A- or above on the thesis.
Andrew Apter, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and the College
Ralph A. Austen, Professor, Department of History and the College
Lauren Berlant, Professor, Department of English Language & Literature and the College, Committee on African & African-American Studies; Director, Center for Gender Studies
James E. Bowman, M.D., Professor Emeritus, Departments of Pathology and Medicine, Committees on Genetics and African & African-American Studies, and the College
Jean Comaroff, Bernard E. and Ellen C. Sunny Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Anthropology; Committee on African & African-American Studies; Chairperson, Department of Anthropology
John L. Comaroff, Harold H. Swift Distinguished Service Professor, Departments of Anthropology and Sociology, Committee on African & African-American Studies
Michael Dawson, Professor, Department of Political Science and the College, Committee on African & African-American Studies; Director, Center for Study of Race, Politics, & Culture
Edgar G. Epps, Marshall Field Professor Emeritus of Urban Education
JAMES W. FERNANDEZ, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Committee on History of Culture, and the College
jacqueline Goldsby, Assistant Professor, Department of English and the College
John A. Goldsmith, Edward Carson Waller Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Linguistics
Gene B. Gragg, Professor, Departments of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations and Linguistics, Oriental Institute, and the College; Director, Oriental Institute
Thomas Holt, James Westfall Thompson Professor, Department of History and the College
Dennis Hutchinson, Professor, Social Sciences Collegiate Division; Senior Lecturer, the Law School; Master and Professor, New Collegiate Division; Associate Dean, the College
Loren Kruger, Professor, Departments of English Language & Literature and Comparative Literature, Committee on African & African-American Studies, and the College
Donald N. Levine, Peter B. Ritzma Professor, Department of Sociology and the College
Salikoko S. Mufwene, Professor, Department of Linguistics; Chairman, Department of Linguistics
Dolores G. Norton, Samuel Deutsch Professor, School of Social Service Administration
Julie Saville, Associate Professor, Department of History and the College
Raymond T. Smith, Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology
Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Professor, Department of Anthropology and the College
Kenneth Warren, Professor, Department of English Language & Literature, Committee on General Studies in the Humanities, and the College; Chairman, Committee on African & African-American Studies
For a description of the numbering guidelines for the following courses, consult the section on reading the catalog on page 15.
For descriptions of the following courses, consult the relevant concentration sections of the catalog.
An asterisk (*) denotes general courses with more than half the content directly devoted to African and/or African-American materials. For additional course offerings, consult the quarterly Time Schedules, or see the Program Coordinating Committee or program adviser.
African and African-American Studies
AFAM 20300. The African Diaspora III: Rethinking the African Diaspora (=ANTH 31300). A. Apter. Not offered 2001-02; will be offered 2002-03.
AFAM 20400. Intensive Study of a Culture: Yoruba (=ANTH 21209/40600). A. Apter. Autumn.
AFAM 21100. African-American Literature on Film (=ENGL 27100). J. Stewart. Autumn.
AFAM 21400. Re-Defining African-American Cinema (=CMST 21000, ENGL 27900). J. Stewart. Not offered 2001-02; will be offered 2002-03.
AFAM 22100. Dialect Voices in Literature (=ENGL 14600/34600, LING 24500/34500). S. Mufwene. Autumn.
AFAM 26000. African-American Poetry (=ENGL 26000). R. von Hallberg. Autumn. Not offered 2001-02; will be offered 2002-03.
AFAM 26500. The Age of Washington and Du Bois (=ENGL 26500). K. Warren. Spring. Not offered 2001-02; will be offered 2002-03.
AFAM 26800. The Age of Realism and Naturalism (=ENGL 26800). J. Goldsby. Autumn.
AFAM 27300. The Harlem Renaissance (=ENGL 27300). K. Warren. Spring.
AFAM 29700. Readings in African and African-American Studies. PQ: Consent of instructor and program adviser. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. Staff. Autumn, Winter, Spring.
AFAM 29900. B.A. Thesis Preparation. PQ: AFAM 29700. Consent of instructor and program adviser. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. Must be taken for a letter grade. Staff. Autumn, Winter, Spring.
*ANTH 20700-20800-20900. Introduction to African Civilization I, II, III (=ANTH 20701-20802-20903, HIST 10000-10100-10200, SOSC 22500-22600-22700; ANTH 20800=ENGL 26300, GSHU 23000, SOCI 38300, SOSC 22600). J. L. Comaroff, Autumn; A. Apter, Winter; J. Comaroff, Spring.
ANTH 21201. Intensive Study of a Culture: Chicago Blues. M. Dietler. Spring.
*ANTH 21206/33600. Intensive Study of a Culture: The Tswana, Past and Present (=AFAM 20500). J. Comaroff. Not offered 2001-02; will be offered 2002-03.
ANTH 21209/40600. Intensive Study of a Culture: Yoruba (=AFAM 20400). A. Apter. Autumn.
*ANTH 21305/45300. Modern Readings in Anthropology: Explorations in Oral Narrative (The Folk Tale). J. Fernandez. Not offered 2001-02; will be offered 2002-03.
ANTH 25100/45100. Anthropology of the Body. J. Comaroff. Not offered 2001-02; will be offered 2002-03.
ANTH 31300. The African Diaspora III: Rethinking the African Diaspora (=AFAM 20300). A. Apter. Not offered 2001-02; will be offered 2002-03.
ECON 22100/32100. Colonization, Servitude, and Slavery: The Early American Experience. PQ: ECON 20000. D. Galenson. Winter.
ECON 25600. Problems of Economic Policy in Developing Countries (=PBPL 28600/37500). PQ: ECON 20100 and 20200, or consent of instructor. L. Sjaastad. Spring.
ECON 27000. Introduction to International Economics (=PBPL 27000). PQ: ECON 20100 and 20200, or consent of instructor. L. Sjaastad. Autumn.
HIST 20000/30000. Ancient Slavery (=ANCM 20600, ANST 20600, CLAS 20600, CLCV 20600, HIST 20000/30000). PQ: Some prior knowledge of the history of ancient civilization (at the level of HIST 13100) helpful. Knowledge of ancient languages not required. W. Scheidel. Spring.
HIST 20200/30200. Modern Africa. R. Austen. Spring.
HIST 26200. African-American Lives and Times. PQ: Advanced standing. T. Holt. Autumn.
HIST 26300. Atlantic World to 1888. J. Saville. Spring.
HIST 27200/37200. African-American History I, 1600 to 1877 (=LLSO 28700). T. Holt, J. Saville. Not offered 2001-02; will be offered 2002-03.
HIST 27300/37300. African-American History II, Since 1877 (=LLSO 28800). T. Holt. Not offered 2001-02; will be offered 2002-03.
HIST 28700/38700. The Haitian Revolution, 1750-1990. J. Saville. Winter.
Law, Letters, and Society
LLSO 24300. American Law and the Rhetoric of Race (=LAWS 59800, PLSC 22300). D. Hutchinson. Spring.
*MUSI 23100/33100. Jazz. R. Wang. Winter.