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African American Studies

Chair

  • Horace Porter

Professors

  • Horace Porter (F. Wendell Miller Professor; English/American Studies/African American Studies), Leslie Schwalm (History/African American Studies/Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies), Richard B. Turner (Religious Studies/African American Studies)

Associate professors

  • Venise Berry (Journalism and Mass Communication/African American Studies), Tim Havens (Communication Studies/African American Studies), Lena Hill (English/African American Studies), Michael Hill (English/African American Studies), Katrina Sanders (Educational Policy and Leadership Studies/African American Studies), Miriam Thaggert (English/African American Studies), Deborah Whaley (American Studies/African American Studies)

Assistant professor

  • Damani Phillips (Music/African American Studies)

Associate professor emeritus

  • Michael Lomax
Undergraduate major: African American studies (B.A.)
Undergraduate minor: African American studies
Graduate degree: M.A. in African American world studies
Web site: http://www.uiowa.edu/~afam/index.html

African American studies focuses on the study of people of African descent in the United States and the African diaspora. The African American Studies Program originated in 1969 through courses intended to foster awareness of African Americans' role in the development of the United States and the world. Because a thorough understanding of the African American experience cannot be achieved through study restricted to the perspective of a single discipline, all students are required to pursue courses in the humanities, social sciences, and performing arts.

The African American Studies Program draws upon faculty from American studies; communication studies; education; English; gender, women's, and sexuality studies; health and human physiology; history; journalism and mass communication; religious studies; rhetoric; sociology; sport studies; and theatre arts.

Undergraduate Programs of Study

  • Major in African American studies (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Minor in African American studies

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in African American studies requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 30 s.h. of work for the major. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in the major. Transfer credit is evaluated individually and is limited to a maximum of 9 s.h. Students must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Program.

Introductory Courses

Students are required to complete two of the following introductory courses.

129:060 (AFAM:1030) Introduction to African American Society3 s.h.
129:061 (AFAM:1020)/045:030 (AMST:1030) Introduction to African American Culture3 s.h.
129:062 (AFAM:1010) Foundations in African American Studies3 s.h.

Foundations in African American Studies [129:062 (AFAM:1010)] explores the history and the methodology of African American studies. Starting with readings related to the formation of the discipline, the course shows students what an African American studies approach to interpretation entails and culminates in a research paper.

Introduction to African American Society [129:060 (AFAM:1030)] examines the construction of social and historical institutions in the United States and the African diaspora (e.g., Black church, Black family, gender, sexuality). The course may include readings in political science, religion, history, sociology, geography, anthropology, and other disciplines.

Introduction to African American Culture [129:061 (AFAM:1020)] presents themes in African American cultural studies. It includes readings in literature, music, film studies, religious studies, and the visual and performing arts.

African American Studies Core

In addition to the two required introductory courses, all students must complete at least two courses from each of the three topical areas below (minimum of 18 s.h.). Additional courses may be approved for the topical areas; consult with an African American studies advisor.

History, Religion, and the Diaspora

Two of these: 

07B:126 (EPLS:5126) Twentieth-Century Educational Movements2-3 s.h.
129:008 (AFAM:1365)/08G:014 (ENGL:1365) Literatures of the African Peoples3 s.h.
129:050 (AFAM:1250)/032:034 (RELS:1350) Introduction to African American Religions3 s.h.
129:063 (AFAM:1230)/032:063 (RELS:2730) African American Islam3 s.h.
129:065 (AFAM:2265)/16A:065 (HIST:2265) Introduction to African American History3 s.h.
129:093 (AFAM:2600) Black Culture and Experience (when topic is history, religion, and the diaspora)3 s.h.
129:123 (AFAM:3245)/032:126 (RELS:3745) Twentieth-Century African American Religion: Civil Rights to Hip-Hop3 s.h.
129:137 (AFAM:4275)/16A:147 (HIST:4275) History of Slavery in the U.S.A.3-4 s.h.
129:140 (AFAM:3900) Topics in African American Studies (when topic is history, religion, or the diaspora)arr.
129:158 (AFAM:3555)/008:157 (ENGL:3555) Topics in African Cinema3 s.h.
129:163 (AFAM:4310)/16W:120 (HIST:4710) Pre-Colonial African History3 s.h.
129:164 (AFAM:4715)/16W:121 (HIST:4715) African History Since 18803 s.h.
129:170 (AFAM:4195)/16A:187 (HIST:4295) African American History 1619-18653 s.h.
129:187 (AFAM:4298)/16A:188 (HIST:4296) African American History 1865-Present3 s.h.
129:189 (AFAM:4295)/16A:185 (HIST:4294) Themes in African American History3 s.h.
129:205 (AFAM:7205)/016:205 (HIST:7205)/131:206 (GWSS:7205) Gender and Race in Nineteenth-Century U.S.arr.
Literature and Performing Arts

Two of these: 

129:069 (AFAM:2465)/008:069 (ENGL:2465) Selected African American Authors3 s.h.
129:081 (AFAM:2781)/008:080 (ENGL:2460) Black Literature and Politics: Controversies of National Allegiance3 s.h.
129:093 (AFAM:2600) Black Culture and Experience (when topic is literature or performing arts)3 s.h.
129:116 (AFAM:3459)/008:116 (ENGL:3459) African American Literature Before 19003 s.h.
129:117 (AFAM:3460)/008:117 (ENGL:3460) African American Literature After 19003 s.h.
129:140 (AFAM:3900) Topics in African American Studies (when topic is literature or performing arts)arr.
129:150 (AFAM:3710)/131:137 (GWSS:3710) African American Women Writers3 s.h.
129:162 (AFAM:4710)/008:162 (ENGL:4410) Midwest African American Literature and Culture3 s.h.
129:175 (AFAM:3810)/049:190 (THTR:3410) African American Theatre I3 s.h.
129:181 (AFAM:3465)/008:137 (ENGL:3465) African American Autobiography3 s.h.
129:182 (AFAM:3840)/049:182 (THTR:3403) Free Style Writing: Poetry, Plays, and Performances3 s.h.
129:183 (AFAM:4500)/049:183 (THTR:4413) Black Feminist Tradition and Culture3 s.h.
129:186 (AFAM:3462)/008:186 (ENGL:3462)/049:186 (THTR:3462) African American Drama3 s.h.
129:191 (AFAM:3811)/049:191 (THTR:3411) African American Theatre II3 s.h.
Media, Politics, and Social Institutions

Two of these: 

129:070 (AFAM:2070)/036:069 (COMM:2069) Black TV Drama: The Wire3 s.h.
129:076 (AFAM:2076)/036:076 (COMM:2076) Race, Ethnicity, and Media3 s.h.
129:079 (AFAM:2079)/028:079 (SPST:2079) Race and Ethnicity in Sport3 s.h.
129:093 (AFAM:2600) Black Culture and Experience (when topic is media, politics, and social institutions)3 s.h.
129:097 (AFAM:2610)/169:097 (LEIS:1097) Race, Sport, and Globalization3 s.h.
129:102 (AFAM:3400)/045:102 (AMST:3400) Black Popular Music3 s.h.
129:108 (AFAM:3500)/032:108 (RELS:3808) Malcolm X, King, and Human Rights3 s.h.
129:122 (AFAM:3925)/019:165 (JMC:3825) African Americans and the Media3 s.h.
129:126 (AFAM:3130) Black American Cinema3 s.h.
129:140 (AFAM:3900) Topics in African American Studies (when topic is media, politics, or social institutions)arr.
129:153 (AFAM:3053)/045:153 (AMST:3053) The Civil Rights Movement3 s.h.
129:195 (AFAM:4001)/036:172 (COMM:4172) Television and African American Culture3 s.h.
Electives

Students also must take two elective courses (minimum of 6 s.h.) selected from the three topical areas listed above. With the approval of an African-American studies advisor, students may substitute relevant courses offered by other departments for one or both electives; the substituted courses may not be cross-referenced with African American studies. Students must gain the advisor's approval before enrolling in a substitute course.

Two electives selected from the three topical areas above, or approved substitutes6 s.h.
Language Requirement

The language requirement for the African American studies major is the same as the World Languages requirement of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Program. Students are encouraged, but not required, to take African language courses (Swahili is currently offered) or Spanish language courses to fulfill the World Languages requirement.

Four-Year Graduation Plan

The following checkpoints list the minimum requirements students must complete by certain semesters in order to stay on the University's Four-Year Graduation Plan. (Courses in the major are those required to complete the major; they may be offered by departments other than the major department.)

During the first year of study, students should focus on completing the General Education Program, perhaps including Swahili or Spanish course work to begin satisfying the World Languages requirement.

Before the fifth semester begins: at least three courses in the major, including 129:062 (AFAM:1010) Foundations in African American Studies, and 129:060 (AFAM:1030) Introduction to African American Society or 129:061 (AFAM:1020) Introduction to African American Culture

Before the seventh semester begins: four more courses in the major (for a total of seven) and the completion of 90 s.h. toward the degree

Before the eighth semester begins: at least nine courses in the major

During the eighth semester: enrollment in all remaining course work in the major, all remaining General Education courses, and a sufficient number of semester hours to graduate

Honors in the Major

Honors in the African American studies major offers students the opportunity to pursue special interests and individual in-depth research. Honors students in African American studies must be members of the University's honors program, which requires students to maintain a cumulative University of Iowa g.p.a. of at least 3.33 and to fulfill other requirements; visit Honors at Iowa to learn about the University of Iowa Honors Program.

Honors students in African American studies complete all of the required course work for the major (30 s.h.). Those who wish to graduate with honors in the African American studies major are encouraged to register for up to 6 s.h. in 129:095 (AFAM:4990) Honors Project. Work in this course enhances the student's ability to complete honors projects under the guidance of the supervising faculty member. Students take 129:095 (AFAM:4990) with the approval of their African American studies advisor, who typically supervises the course. Students may count up to 6 s.h. earned in 129:095 (AFAM:4990) toward the 30 s.h. required for the major.

Under the guidance of the African American studies advisor, the honors student defines a research project (thesis) using primary, secondary, or archival sources. Students make project proposals by the end of their junior year. Each student completes a thesis under the guidance of a supervising faculty member and presents the results as a senior essay to a committee of three faculty members, including the supervising African American studies faculty member and two other African American studies faculty members of the student's choice. The student's committee may choose to hear an oral defense of the honors thesis, usually during the student's last semester.

Students should use one or more of their elective courses to develop the honors thesis.

Minor

The minor in African American studies requires a minimum of 15 s.h., including 12 s.h. taken at The University of Iowa. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in the minor. Course work in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass. Course work done for another major or minor may not be counted toward the minor in African American studies.

Students must take 129:062 (AFAM:1010) Foundations in African American Studies. In consultation with their advisors, they should select either 129:060 (AFAM:1030) Introduction to African American Society or 129:061 (AFAM:1020) Introduction to African American Culture, and one course in each of the three topical areas listed under "African American Studies Core" above (total of three topical area courses, 9 s.h.): history, religion, and the diaspora; literature and performing arts; and media, politics, and social institutions. Two of the three topical area courses must be taken at The University of Iowa.

Graduate Program of Study

  • Master of Arts in African American world studies

African American studies is not accepting graduate students in 2013-14.

Cocurricular Activities

Afro-American Cultural Center

African American studies encourages students to use facilities of the Afro-American Cultural Center. The center serves as a museum and library of educational and cultural artifacts and exhibits of African American culture, providing cultural enrichment for the Iowa City community and promoting diversity among all members of the University community. It also provides a cultural meeting place for African American students.

African American Studies Student Association

The African American Studies Student Association aims to promote knowledge about people of African descent by sponsoring programs on various topics. Any University of Iowa student interested in African American studies is eligible to become a member.

Graduate Seminar

Graduate students from a range of disciplines in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are encouraged to participate in the program's interdisciplinary graduate seminar, which is dedicated to advanced readings, scholarly books, and articles in African American studies.

Graduate Student Mentoring and Advising

African American studies sponsors several intellectual and social gatherings for graduate students across disciplines. During these events, students connect with others interested in African Americans studies and receive advice about becoming faculty members and being productive members of the academic profession.

Seminar and Lecture Series

The African American Studies Seminar Series and the Darwin Turner Lecture bring important scholars and creative artists to the University of Iowa campus. Guests of the lecture and seminar series have included Amiri Baraka, Michelle Wallace, and Valerie Smith.

The New Research in African American Studies lecture series, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, focuses on research by faculty in the African American Studies Program.

Courses

For Undergraduates

129:008 (AFAM:1365) Literatures of the African Peoples3 s.h.
Works in English by authors of African descent from America, continental Africa, the Caribbean. Prerequisites: 010:003 (RHET:1030) and 08G:001 (ENGL:1200). Requirements: successful completion of the rhetoric requirement and then 08G:001 (ENGL:1200). GE: Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts; Values, Society, and Diversity. Same as 08G:014 (ENGL:1365).
 
129:029 (AFAM:1000) First-Year Seminar1 s.h.
Small discussion class; topics chosen by instructor. Requirements: first‑year standing.
 
129:050 (AFAM:1250) Introduction to African American Religions3 s.h.
GE: Values, Society, and Diversity. Same as 032:034 (RELS:1350).
 
129:060 (AFAM:1030) Introduction to African American Society3 s.h.
Social and cultural history of African Americans through framework of general works in anthropology, sociology, history. GE: Social Sciences; Values, Society, and Diversity.
 
129:061 (AFAM:1020) Introduction to African American Culture3 s.h.
Interdisciplinary look at Black culture in the United States through significant contributions of the humanities (music, art, literature, drama, philosophy) to development of Black culture. GE: Values, Society, and Diversity. Same as 045:030 (AMST:1030).
 
129:062 (AFAM:1010) Foundations in African American Studies3 s.h.
Introduction to interdisciplinary methods in African American studies; overview of the discipline's central branches, including literature, religion, media and performing arts, history, political science. GE: Values, Society, and Diversity.
 
129:063 (AFAM:1230) African American Islam3 s.h.
Same as 032:063 (RELS:2730).
 
129:065 (AFAM:2265) Introduction to African American History3 s.h.
GE: Values, Society, and Diversity. Same as 16A:065 (HIST:2265).
 
129:069 (AFAM:2465) Selected African American Authors3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as 008:069 (ENGL:2465).
 
129:070 (AFAM:2070) Black TV Drama: The Wire3 s.h.
Social and political impact of television dramas featuring people of African descent in the West; HBO's The Wire series—a social commentary, commercial, and aesthetic force—has pioneered new ways of thinking about the relationship between media and society at large while revolutionizing ways in which black urban life is portrayed in today's world; focus on complex intersections between urban poverty, education, and political system, crime, mediation in Western society. Same as 036:069 (COMM:2069).
 
129:076 (AFAM:2076) Race, Ethnicity, and Media3 s.h.
Introduction to debates about media portrayals of race and ethnicity; focus primarily on entertainment media; use of general analytic perspectives (stereotype analysis, aesthetic analysis, history) applied to real‑world examples; address one or more racial/ethnic groups in the United States. Prerequisites: 036:001 (COMM:1301), 036:005 (COMM:1305), 036:012 (COMM:1112) or 036:070 (COMM:1170), 036:017 (COMM:1117) or 036:030 (COMM:1130), and 036:068 (COMM:1168) or 036:074 (COMM:1174). Requirements: g.p.a. of at least 2.50 and completion of Foundations of Communication requirement. Same as 036:076 (COMM:2076).
 
129:079 (AFAM:2079) Race and Ethnicity in Sport3 s.h.
Structural and ideological barriers to racial and ethnic equality in sport, with focus on African American sport experiences; historical and contemporary issues, media representations. Same as 028:079 (SPST:2079).
 
129:081 (AFAM:2781) Black Literature and Politics: Controversies of National Allegiance3 s.h.
Black literature born amid political controversy, from slave narratives to award‑winning texts of late 20th century; evolving politics of African American writers; changing political landscape of this expansive period and representative literature; how African American writers shape U.S. political debate; surprising politics of many canonical African American writers. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature, or 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as 008:080 (ENGL:2460).
 
129:082 (AFAM:1820) Everybody is a Star: Black Celebrity Since 19683 s.h.
How shifts in social access after 1968 meant that renowned blacks no longer automatically saw themselves as freedom fighters; effects of change shown in Michael Jackson's career, Barack Obama's election, and fame of Beyonce, Lil' Wayne, and Oprah; analysis of black celebrity from 1968 to 2012 with focus on Muhammad Ali, Dianna Ross, Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Michael Jordon, Stevie Wonder, T.D. Jakes, Condoleeza Rice, Jay Z, LeBron James; black celebrity influence on post‑civil rights understandings of gender, class, sexuality, politics; biographies, cultural criticism, music videos, movies, documents.
 
129:083 (AFAM:1830) Music of the African American Diaspora3 s.h.
History and characteristics of music styles emerging from African American culture from time of slavery to present; beginning with Negro spiritual, exploration of origins and musical anatomy of relevant music styles (blues, gospel, jazz, rhythm and blues, funk); ubiquitous role music plays in civil, cultural, and political unrest amongst African American community throughout 20th century.
 
129:093 (AFAM:2600) Black Culture and Experience3 s.h.
Topics vary.
 
129:095 (AFAM:4990) Honors Projectarr.
Independent research and writing on interdisciplinary topic.
 
129:097 (AFAM:2610) Race, Sport, and Globalization3 s.h.
Introduction to current discussion surrounding the link between sport, race, and globalization; critical cultural studies perspective used to examine the meaning of race and sport within a global context; labor migration of talented athletes, identity politics, and dynamics of equality in sport along such lines as race, class, and gender; examination of African American diaspora within a sport context to study political, economic, and social construction of race and sport on African and Asian continents. Same as 169:097 (LEIS:1097).
 

For Advanced Undergraduate and Graduate Students

129:102 (AFAM:3400) Black Popular Music3 s.h.
History and expressive culture of people of African descent living in America through popular music forms; historical time span between the 17th and 21st centuries; poetry, music, cultural analysis, film, and art as sources for the study of Black music; genres covered include spirituals and gospel, blues, jazz, rock, rhythm and blues, Afropunk, alternative and neo soul, and hip‑hop. Recommendations: 045:030 (AMST:1030) and 129:060 (AFAM:1030). Same as 045:102 (AMST:3400).
 
129:108 (AFAM:3500) Malcolm X, King, and Human Rights3 s.h.
Religion and politics of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. in the context of U.S. civil rights and international human rights in West Africa and the Muslim world; emphasis on civil rights connections to Gandhi, the Nobel Peace prize, and other international experiences that have impacted Pan Africanists, such as Stokely Carmichael, who worked on human rights. Recommendations: international studies major or undergraduate standing. Same as 032:108 (RELS:3808).
 
129:116 (AFAM:3459) African American Literature Before 19003 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature. Same as 008:116 (ENGL:3459).
 
129:117 (AFAM:3460) African American Literature After 19003 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as 008:117 (ENGL:3460).
 
129:119 (AFAM:3550) African Literature3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Transnational Literature and Postcolonial Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as 008:119 (ENGL:3550).
 
129:122 (AFAM:3925) African Americans and the Media3 s.h.
GE: Values, Society, and Diversity. Same as 019:165 (JMC:3825).
 
129:123 (AFAM:3245) Twentieth-Century African American Religion: Civil Rights to Hip-Hop3 s.h.
Twentieth‑century African American religious history; major political and cultural movements, such as civil rights, black power, black feminism/womanism, hip‑hop. Same as 032:126 (RELS:3745).
 
129:126 (AFAM:3130) Black American Cinema3 s.h.
Major historical and cultural movements in Black cinema; independent and early Hollywood films, animation, Blaxploitation, the Black Renaissance, Black auteurs (e.g., Spike Lee, Julie Dash), hip‑hop cinema, womanist films, 21st‑century developments in film (e.g., theatre to film adaptions of Tyler Perry), new media's effect on film and cinema; particular attention given to gender, sexualities, region, ethnicity, and class. Same as 045:126 (AMST:3130).
 
129:137 (AFAM:4275) History of Slavery in the U.S.A.3-4 s.h.
Origins, development; focus on labor, family, gender, community, culture, resistance; South's defense of slavery; wartime collapse, destruction of slavery. Same as 16A:147 (HIST:4275).
 
129:140 (AFAM:3900) Topics in African American Studiesarr.
Different topic each semester.
 
129:150 (AFAM:3710) African American Women Writers3 s.h.
Introduction to major African American women authors of the 19th, 20th,  and 21st centuries; major debates of black feminist literary scholarship; analyze African American literary representations by reading novels, poetry, short stories, plays, relevant historical and critical texts. GE: Values, Society, and Diversity. Same as 131:137 (GWSS:3710).
 
129:153 (AFAM:3053) The Civil Rights Movement3 s.h.
History of the American civil rights movement. Same as 045:153 (AMST:3053).
 
129:158 (AFAM:3555) Topics in African Cinema3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Transnational Literature and Postcolonial Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as 008:157 (ENGL:3555).
 
129:162 (AFAM:4710) Midwest African American Literature and Culture3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as 008:162 (ENGL:4410).
 
129:163 (AFAM:4310) Pre-Colonial African History3 s.h.
Africa to 1880; oral tradition, other sources; political development, ecological change, slavery and slave trade. GE: Historical Perspectives. Same as 16W:120 (HIST:4710).
 
129:164 (AFAM:4715) African History Since 18803 s.h.
Africa in colonial, post‑colonial period; economics, political structures of colonialism; social change, political life in the 20th century. GE: International and Global Issues. Same as 16W:121 (HIST:4715).
 
129:170 (AFAM:4195) African American History 1619-18653 s.h.
Race and African American history, from the rise of racial slavery to the Civil War; advanced course. Same as 16A:187 (HIST:4295).
 
129:175 (AFAM:3810) African American Theatre I3 s.h.
Works by African American playwrights and relevant historical documents, Africa through Black Renaissance; themes, history, sociopolitical context; artists forging theatrical paths under oppressive conditions; exploration through discussion, performance; literature‑based course, workshop approach. Same as 049:190 (THTR:3410).
 
129:176 (AFAM:4910) Special Topics3 s.h.
Selected topics, issues, and debates about various components of African American culture including literature, sociology, psychology, media, history, rhetoric, theater, sports, health, and education.
 
129:179 (AFAM:4980) Independent Studyarr.
Topics vary.
 
129:181 (AFAM:3465) African American Autobiography3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as 008:137 (ENGL:3465).
 
129:182 (AFAM:3840) Free Style Writing: Poetry, Plays, and Performances3 s.h.
Creative writing lab experience in reading, writing, and performing poetry and short plays; expansion of students' horizons of the self; arc of innovation in African American literature from Harlem Renaissance to present, with texts from Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston to Saul Williams and Jill Scott; role of the artist in society and as outsider and insider; shifting perspectives on race, gender, class; musical influences and models, from blues to house music; sensuality, spirituality; artistic reflections on the cultural moment; effects of these on literary form and performance style; students create and perform a work for an audience. Same as 049:182 (THTR:3403).
 
129:183 (AFAM:4500) Black Feminist Tradition and Culture3 s.h.
Survey of selected theoretical texts that chronicle shifting perspectives on feminism; comparative interdisciplinary survey of artistic works that reflect such perspectives. Same as 049:183 (THTR:4413).
 
129:186 (AFAM:3462) African American Drama3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature, or 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as 008:186 (ENGL:3462), 049:186 (THTR:3462).
 
129:187 (AFAM:4298) African American History 1865-Present3 s.h.
African American history since Reconstruction; survey of African American politics and society from Reconstruction to present. Same as 16A:188 (HIST:4296).
 
129:189 (AFAM:4295) Themes in African American History3 s.h.
Same as 16A:185 (HIST:4294).
 
129:191 (AFAM:3811) African American Theatre II3 s.h.
Works by African American playwrights and relevant historical documents, Black Renaissance to present; themes, history, sociopolitical context; artists forging theatrical paths under oppressive conditions; exploration through discussion, performance; literature‑based course, workshop approach. Same as 049:191 (THTR:3411).
 
129:195 (AFAM:4001) Television and African American Culture3 s.h.
Role of television in African American culture; examination of debates, stereotyping, authenticity, effects of programming, aesthetics, and television's relationship to other forms of cultural expression. Prerequisites: 036:001 (COMM:1301), 036:005 (COMM:1305), 036:012 (COMM:1112) or 036:070 (COMM:1170), 036:017 (COMM:1117) or 036:030 (COMM:1130), and 036:074 (COMM:1174). Requirements: g.p.a. of at least 2.50, completion of Foundations of Communication requirement, and 6 s.h. of intermediate‑level course work. Same as 036:172 (COMM:4172).
 
129:199 (AFAM:4900) Senior Seminar3 s.h.
African American, African, and African Caribbean culture and experience; comparative approach to synthesize students' earlier study. Requirements: African American studies senior standing.
 

For Graduate Students

129:205 (AFAM:7205) Gender and Race in Nineteenth-Century U.S.arr.
Same as 016:205 (HIST:7205), 131:206 (GWSS:7205).
 
129:212 (AFAM:5900) Advanced Readings in African American Culturearr.
Textual, social, political analyses of works by Black authors.
 
129:231 (AFAM:6635) Crossing Borders Seminar2-3 s.h.
Same as 016:247 (HIST:6635), 008:231 (ENGL:6635), 030:242 (POLI:6635), 044:286 (GEOG:6635), 048:247 (CCL:6635), 113:247 (ANTH:6635), 013:262 (GRMN:6635), 035:273 (SPAN:6904), 160:247 (PORO:6635), 181:247 (IWP:6635), 009:262 (FREN:6142), 036:247 (COMM:6635).
 
129:259 (AFAM:7710) Seminar: Interpreting Oral Historiesarr.
Interpretations and methods applied by historians in various world regions to different forms of oral history, from old oral traditions to contemporary autobiographical testimony. Same as 016:259 (HIST:7710).
 
129:287 (AFAM:7214) Readings: African American Women's Historyarr.
Same as 016:287 (HIST:7214), 131:287 (GWSS:7214).