This course is an Introduction to Africa and African American History and Culture. It is designed as a first year experience (FYE) course for freshman and transfer students. It will begin by exploring such themes as great African civilizations and contemporary African geography. We will examine the transatlantic slave trade and the dispersal of Africans in the Americas. The course follows the struggle of the African Americas from slavery to freedom by examining "first person accounts" of the experiences of African Americans through History. We will also examine the workings of apartheid in South Africa for a comparative analysis of race in the United States.
101 AFRICAN DIASPORA
African Woman in Brazil
Africans were dispersed throughout the Americas as a result of the slave trade in the 15-19th centuries. The course studies the history of the slave trade and the cultures that developed among the descendants of Africans in South America, Central America, North America, and the Caribbean.
IDENTITY AND CULTURE
An examination of the cultural practices of African Americans in the 20th and 21st centuries. Some topics to be discussed include African American musical traditions such as Jazz and Blues, the Harlem Renaissance, The Garvey Movement, Cultural Arts Movement of the 60's, Hip Hop Culture, and more.
108 AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
A survey of important themes in the history of African Americans. The course will focus upon African life before the slave trade, the Atlantic slave trade, the struggle for emancipation and independence, and the struggle for civil rights.
An examination of the political and social movements of the 20th century with emphasis on the civil rights movement and the black power movements of the 1950's and 1960's.
Great Zimbabwe Ruins
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Map of Africa