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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

CRN: 16650

Days, Time: TF 1:35 -3:15 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.

Asian Studies Courses

Instructor: Michael Thornton

CRN: 16069

Days, Time: MWR 1:35pm – 2:40pm


East Asian Studies is a multidisciplinary introduction to the study of China, Korea, Japan, and adjacent regions from antiquity to the present, mainly through historical and literary texts.  Course is taught in English by staff from the History Department and is open to registered Northeastern University students. Asian Studies 1150 and History 1150 are identical; both satisfy university and departmental requirements.

Instructor: Denise Khor

CRN: 19514

Days, Time: TF 1:35 – 3:15 PM 


Examines the meaning of Asian American identity in contemporary society, drawing from the popular press and popular culture, current events, college experience, and theories from psychology, sociology, and family studies. Fosters personal exploration of race, racial identity, and issues of social justice as they relate to intersectional identities including nationality, ethnicity, multiple ethnic or racial heritages, adoptee and transracial status, language, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic status, religion/spirituality, and mental health. Teaches skills for engaging ind ialogue and communicating across differences and demonstrates how to apply such skills in human services (e.g., counseling, assessment), leadership, and employment contexts.

Culture Courses

Instructor: Alan West-Duran

CRN: 11937, 20725

Days, Time: MW 2:50 – 4:30 PM, MWR 4:35 – 5:40 PM

Description: Examines the rich interconnections between literature and language and the culture that supports them. Discusses the relationship of language to literature and investigates how language and literatures are embedded in culture. Addresses several very broad and important questions, such as the relationship between language and culture; the relationship between language and thought; the definition of cultural relativism; and how ethical dilemmas are expressed in different cultures. Explores the relationship of esthetic and rhetorical traditions in given languages to the culture from which they sprang. In this context, examines the extremely interesting case of American Sign Language and how a gestural language sheds light on these issues.

Instructor: Daniel Noemi Voionmaa

CRN: 19521

Days, Time: MWR 10:30 – 11:35 AM 


Offers an interdisciplinary introduction to Latinos and people of Latin American and Caribbean origin in the United States as well as to the regions of Latin America and the Caribbean. Dispels a series of powerful myths associated with U.S. Latinos and in Latin American and Caribbean society, such as racial inferiority, poverty, machismo, and violence. Introduces the construction of Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean identities as well as the politics, economics, history, and culture.

Instructor: José Buscaglia, Daniel Cuenca, José Buscaglia

CRN: 12773, 15396, 16509

Days, Time: Online


Examines prizewinning Latin American films based on actual events, such as those that occurred during the Argentine military dictatorship of the 1970s, or works of fiction by well-known authors, such as Nobel Prize winner Garcia Marquez. These films ably depict the history and culture of these countries. Conducted in English and the films are in Spanish with English subtitles.

Instructor: Jonathan Griffiths

CRN: 10449

Days, Time: MR 11:45 -1:25 PM


Offers a very broad introduction to French “culture,” by which is meant its principal “high” and “low” versions. An attempt is made to reproduce the knowledge base of a typical well-educated French man or woman. Highlights sports, politics, history, intellectual history, and the arts. Also addresses questions of cultural relativism. Students write a major paper on a subject chosen in conjunction with the professor.

Instructor: Luigia Maiellaro

CRN: 10568

Days, Time: MR 11:45am-1:25pm


Examines chronologically the main aspects of Italian culture, concentrating on the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the modern, post-unification period. Topics include art, philosophy, literature, architecture, film, and historical background. Other topics address significant personages in Italian culture, such as Dante, Boccaccio, Piero della Francesca, Leonardo da Vinci, Alberti, Pico della Mirandola, Michelangelo, and Machiavelli; the differences between northern and southern Italy; and the nature of Italy’s cultural heritage and its influence and status today. Conducted in English.

Instructor: Cristina Peréz

CRN: 10441

Days, Time: MWR 10:30am-11:35am


Examines chronologically the forces that have forged Spanish culture and have made Spain the nation it is today. Traces the development of Spain from the prehistoric caves of Altamira to the present. Observes past and present concerns such as divorce and abortion in a Catholic country, education, the role of women, linguistic diversity, separatism and terrorism, and the incorporation of Spain into the European Community. Incorporates history, sociology, anthropology, geography, economics, and politics. Conducted in English.

Instructor: Jennifer Cullen

CRN: 16072

Days, Time: TF 9:50am-11:30am


Provides an introduction to Japanese popular culture through critical analysis of mass media such as film, television, comics, and animation. Investigates various social and cultural issues, such as gender, family, and education. Films and videos supplement readings. Conducted in English.

Instructor: Amílcar Barreto

CRN: 19060

Days, Time: MR 11:45 – 1:25 PM


Explores contending theories of identity and nationalism—a powerful force in international and domestic politics. Examines topics such as the process of identity creation, the choice of national symbols, how group boundaries are established, the role of identity in conflict and state building, and the debate over nationalism’s constructed or primordial nature. POLS 3418 and CLTR 3418 are cross-listed.

Instructor: Daniel Noemi Voionmaa

CRN: 13917

Days, Time: MW 2:50pm-4:30pm


Focuses on film, literature, and new media. This course offers a panoramic view of the Latin American cultural production after 1989, attempting to characterize the variety of styles and trends. Relates the texts and movies to the socio, political, and economic issues of the moment, i.e., implementation of neoliberal democracies, globalization, neocolonialism, resistance, new social movements, etc. Also studies links between Latin America and the United States and between Latin America and Spain. Focuses on texts written by relatively young authors. Taught in Spanish.

Courses by Requirement

  • AFAM 1101
  • LACS 1220
  • ASNS 1150
  • CLTR 1120
  • AFAM 1104
  • AFAM 2296
  • AFRS 2325
  • AFAM 3404
  • CLTR 1240
  • CLTR 1501
  • CLTR 1503
  • CLTR 1504
  • CLTR 1700
  • CLTR 3418
  • CLTR 3715
  • ASNS 2245
  • AFRS 1270
  • AFAM 2355
  • AFRS 3424

All courses excluding core courses