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For the most up-to-date and comprehensive course schedule, including meeting times, course additions, cancellations, and room assignments, refer to the Banner Class Schedule on the Registrar’s website. For curriculum information, see the Undergraduate Full-Time Day Programs catalog.

Africana Studies Courses

Instructor: Layla Brown-Vincent

CRN: 11473

Days, Time: TF 1:35 – 3:15 PM


Explores several of the possible historical, sociological, cultural, and political avenues of study in the broad interdisciplinary spectrum of African-American studies. Provides an introductory overview of the field and offers an opportunity to identify areas for more specific focus.

Instructor: Eric Jackson

CRN: 10938

Days, Time: MR 11:45 – 1:25 PM


Explores the various musical traditions of African Americans, with a specific focus on the United States. Examines the impact of African, European, and Native American traditions on African-American music as well as the role of music as an expression of African-American aesthetics, traditions, and life. Considers historical and contemporary forms of African-American music, with selected video presentations.

Instructor: Natalie Shibley

CRN: 19055

Days, Time: MWR 9:15 – 10:20 AM


Examines the basic tenets of “scientific objectivity” and foundational scientific ideas about race, sex, and gender and what these have meant for marginalized groups in society, particularly when they seek medical care. Introduces feminist science theories ranging from linguistic metaphors of the immune system, to the medicalization of race, to critiques of the sexual binary. Emphasizes contemporary as well as historical moments to trace the evolution of “scientific truth” and its impact on the U.S. cultural landscape. Offers students an opportunity to develop the skills to critically question what they “know” about science and the scientific process and revisit their disciplinary training as a site for critical analysis. Cross-listed with HIST 1225 and WMNS 1225.

Instructor: Richard Wamai, John Olawepo

CRN: 16650, 20382

Days, Time: TF 1:35 -3:15 PM, T 11:45 – 1:25 PM Th 2:50 – 4:30 PM


This course introduces global health in the context of an interdependent and globalized world focusing on four main areas of analysis: infrastructure of global health; diseases; populations; and terms, concepts and theories. While our focus is on lower-income countries, the course examines issues in a broader global context underscoring the interconnections between global health disparities and global health policy response. Case studies describing interventions to improve healthcare in resource-poor settings in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere are applied to help illuminate the actors, diseases, populations and principles and frameworks for the design of effective global health interventions.

Instructor: Nicole Aljoe

CRN: 19056

Days, Time: TF 10:30 – 11:35 AM


This course surveys the development and range of black American writers, emphasizing poetry and prose from early colonial times to the Civil War. ENGL 2296 and AFM 2296 are cross-listed.

Instructor: Matthew Lee

CRN: 16452

Days, Time: MR 11:45 – 1:25 PM


Examines racism, racial identity, and theories of social change and racial empowerment primarily
within the U.S. context. Highlights different ways in which racism and racial privilege have been experienced by different racial communities, more specifically at the micro-, meso-, and macro-levels. Offers students an opportunity to learn ways to promote racial empowerment and equity. Using theory from primarily psychology and sociology, the course investigates the impact of social systems and institutions on individual-level and group experiences of racism. Investigates students’ own racial identities, a deeper understanding of institutional inequalities and intersectionality, and practical skills in leadership and community building that can promote positive social change and racial equality. This course is cross-listed with HUSV and SOCL 2325.

Instructor: Régine Jean-Charles

CRN: 19059

Days, Time: MW 2:50 – 4:30 PM


This class provides an introduction to Black feminisms through the lens of literature, criticism, and popular culture. With intersectionality as our guiding theoretical framework, we will consider the origins, development, and practice of Black feminisms in multiple contexts. Through our readings and discussions, we will explore the dimensions and the contours of Black feminist inquiry. Throughout the semester we will read various fiction and nonfiction works by Black women writers to provide definitions of Black feminism, and to explore how the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality figure in literary works. This course is cross-listed with HIST and WMNS 2325.

Instructor: Melissa Pearson

CRN: 19058

Days, Time: MW 2:50 – 4:30


Nommo: the generative power of the spoken word, is the force that gives life to everything.

This course explores various discursive practices of African American discourse communities, such as the enslaved, abolitionists, feminists, revolutionaries and entertainers; to engage in discussions about freedom, access to democracy, racial uplift, gender equity, and the discursive and recursive nature of racial identity. This course is cross-listed with ENGL 3404.

Instructor: Richard Wamai


Days, Time: MR 11:45 – 1:25 PM 

Description: This course examines the epidemiology and determinants of diseases and the public health practice among continental African peoples and African-derived populations in the Americas and elsewhere in the African Diaspora. Emphasis is on such epidemic diseases as malaria, yellow fever, tuberculosis, smallpox, HIV/AIDS, the current COVID-19 pandemic, and obesity and cancer. The course also aims to critically address the breadth of factors behind these pandemics, such as socio-economic, political, health system, behavioral, and genetic. A cross-cutting theme throughout the course is the entrenched health disparities in society.

Courses by Requirement

  • AFAM 1101
  • AFAM 1104
  • AFAM 2296
  • AFRS 2325
  • AFAM 3404
  • AFRS 1270
  • AFAM 2355
  • AFRS 3424

All courses excluding core courses