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AFST 101. Survey of African Civilization I. 3 hr.; 3 cr. An interdisciplinary survey of African civilization from the earliest times to the sixteenth century. The course will focus on the origins and development of civilization in Africa (Egyptian, Sudanic, Ethiopic, Malian, Ghanaian, Songhai, Zimbabwean, etc.).

AFST 102. Survey of African Civilization II. 3 hr.; 3 cr. An interdisciplinary survey of African civilization from the sixteenth century to the present. The course will focus on the impact upon African civilization, culture, politics, and society of European expansion and colonialism in Africa.

AFST 201, 201W. Introduction to Black Cultures.
3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ENGL 110. The course will focus on the concept of culture as it relates to specific cultures in West Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States.

AFST 202. The Black Urban Experience. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: AFST 101 and 102, or permission of the instructor. An interdisciplinary study of the experience of black Americans in urban areas from World War I to the present. Special attention will be given to the effect of economic, political, and social factors on the black community and its institutions.

AFST 232, 232W. Caribbean Literature.
3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ENGL 110; sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. This course will examine how major writers of the Caribbean address questions of cultural and national identity in their poetry, fiction, essays, and drama.

AFST 234, 234W. Black Women Writers.
3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ENGL 110; sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. This comparative study of women writers from Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States will examine the ways in which these writers re-envision history and challenge traditional conceptions of gender, race, and class.

AFST 300, 300W. Seminar in Africana Studies.
3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: ENGL 110; junior standing and permission of the instructor. Topics to be announced.

 
 

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