AFCS - Africana Studies


Effective 1 June 2022 through 31 May 2023

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Course Descriptions

Global Citizenship Program
Knowledge Areas
ARTS Arts Appreciation
GLBL Global Understanding
PNW Physical & Natural World
QL Quantitative Literacy
ROC Roots of Cultures
SSHB Social Systems & Human Behavior
Global Citizenship Program
Skill Areas
CRI Critical Thinking
ETH Ethical Reasoning
INTC Intercultural Competence
OCOM Oral Communication
WCOM Written Communication
** Course fulfills two skill areas


AFCS 1000 Introduction to Africana Studies (3)

Provides a broad overview of the field of Africana studies -- its unique content, core concepts and perspectives, and some major trends that have shaped and continue to shape the field. This is a survey course designed to introduce students to the field of Africana studies. Its main focus will center on the substantive content of the field, a critical study of Africa and peoples of African origin in Africa and abroad. This focus will include examining the major theoretical, methodological and epistemological questions defining the continued evolution of Africana studies. Both classic and modern studies and texts in the field of Africana studies will be covered in order to give students a grounding in the intellectual history of the field. GCP Coding: (ROC) (INTC)

AFCS 1500 Survey of African History (3)

Provides an historical survey, continent wide in scope, of the experiences of Africa and its people from pre-historic times to the present.

AFCS 2200 Globalization and Contemporary Africa (3)

This is an interdisciplinary course designed to study the various dimensions by which globalization impacts the challenges and opportunities facing the African continent in its struggle to overcome the burden of underdevelopment. This course will critically explore the ways in which the socio-economic and cultural life of Africa is affected by, and affects, the intense global integration of people, governments, economies and technologies.

AFCS 2500 African Diaspora Experiences (3)

This course provides a critical overview of the African Diaspora. Its main purpose is to give students a firm understanding of the historical, political, economic and cultural experiences of those persons of African origin who were torn away from the African homeland during the European slave trade. It also looks at the contribution of the African Diaspora to the formation of new and vibrant cultures in the Americas.

AFCS 2700 Origins and Development of Pan-Africanism (3)

This course is designed to examine the transcontinental movement among African people, those on the continent and those in the Diaspora, to unite and liberate Africa and all of its scattered people. Particular attention is paid to the originators of the Pan-African idea, along with the important events, main organizations, and the major conferences, congresses and conventions that contributed to the evolution and development of Pan-Africanism.

AFCS 3000 Topics in Africana Studies (3)

Provides a focus on a particular subject matter within the field of Africana studies. Its particular content, different from the subject matter covered in the other courses in the minor, will be based on an area of specialty around which the instructor decides to center the course.

AFCS 3200 African Women and Development (3)

This course focuses on the major roles women have played, and continue to play, in African development. It includes an examination of traditional roles of women, patterns of male dominance, and some of the contemporary obstacles preventing the full integration of African women into modern African society.