Graduate Courses

Examination of the ideas and practices of black feminists and womanists. Students will examine African communities within the diaspora, particularly the historical and contemporary debates of black women in the United States, including black womanhood, sexual mythologies and vulnerabilities,…

The religious traditions of African Americans from Colonial times to the present; major religious movements, personalities, and ideas and their relationship to various aspects of American culture.

The origins, growth, and current practices of religion in the American South. The interaction between religion and other aspects of Southern culture, such as racial and gender concerns, education, Darwinian science, temperance, and politics.

This writing intensive course will study Toni Morrison's trilogy: Beloved, Jazz, and Paradise, with an emphasis on themes woven throughout the three works. 

Examination of a designated topic in the field of African American Studies. The course is interdisciplinary, but may also focus on the instructor of record's primary discipline and/or area of scholarship. Some sections of this course meeting Experiential Learning requirement (check with…

An exploration of the comparative dimensions of Black and Irish experiences in the Atlantic world through the study of cultural production from the United States, Africa, Britain, the Caribbean, and Ireland. Special emphasis will be placed on the relevance of the texts under discussion to…

The emergence of a distinct and conscious African American theatre in the United States.

This course surveys history of and current discourse on African American Studies as a discipline encompassing the study of the African diaspora in the Americas, while examining fundamental concepts, research methodologies, and tools of analysis that inform the field.

This course is a practicum in the teaching of African American Studies. It blends instructional techniques particular to African American Studies with pedagogical training useful for a beginning TA in any field. The practicum section of the course would take place in one or more sections of the…

Exploration of the rich and varied scholarship constituting the field of African American History. Examination of both the historical content of the assigned books and articles and the historiography. Possible topics include the Civil Rights Movement, United States Slavery, Black Feminism,…

The relationships of racial and ethnic groups with each other and with social institutions and processes.

A detailed examination of selected forms and ideas in the African American tradition.

Independent directed reading course for graduate students whose programs of study require courses not available in the regular schedule. It makes the interdisciplinary study of African American culture and theory accessible to students who in traditional departments need to ground their inquiry…