Proseminar in Graduate Work in African American Studies
An introduction to the intellectual and professional foundations of the field. It examines the historical origins of African American Studies in the United States and Africa, as well as the context of classic creative, analytical, and autobiographical works.
An intensive investigation into the origins of several major African civilizations. Civilizations and periods chosen may vary at the discretion of the instructor but will normally include the classic cultures of Nubia, Kemet, Axum, Songhay, Mali, Ghana, Monomotapa, Yoruba, and Asante.
Research Methods in African American Studies
An introduction to the basic research methods used in African American Studies. It examines historical, anthropological, behavioral, and critical methods, as well as the methodological foundations of the Afrocentric method.
Egyptian Language and Culture
An introduction to the basic philosophy of the ancient African civilization, methods of analysis, critical observations of shifting cultural patterns and meaning in the larger Nile Valley context. This is not strictly a language course; however, the culture is approached through a study and analysis of Middle Egyptian.
Egyptian Language and Culture
A second course in the culture and language of ancient Egypt with special emphasis on the interrelationship of culture and language. It underscores the Afrocentric concern with re-centering the discourse on Africa in Africa itself.
History of Blacks in Pennsylvania
Traces the growth and development of the African community in Pennsylvania. Special emphasis is placed on the role of the free African community in Pennsylvania during the 19th century, and the part it played in the fight against slavery.
African American Family
Contemporary theories and research on the African American family. Includes assessment of family behavior, the role of children, sex roles, perceptual changes within the context of society, demographic factors, impact of unemployment and underemployment, and income distribution.
Ebonics: African American Languages
Examines variations of African American languages found throughout the Americas. Special attention to the Gullah prototype from South Carolina and Georgia. Presents the major theoretical arguments about the development of the languages.
Introduction to African Languages
An introduction to the general field of African languages. Special attention will be given to the grammatical structure and sound systems of several languages.
African Philosophical Thought
An analytical and historical overview of the ideas that have made the African culture, with particular emphasis on the resurrection idea, the concept of rule, harmony and balance, divination systems, dual-gender responsibility, and relationship between human beings.
Cheikh Anta Diop
A critical examination of portions of Diop's corpus on the African origin of civilization. Students will present papers analyzing Diop's Afrocentric perspective and his impact on African scholarship around the world.
The Afrocentric Idea
An intensive critique of African studies within the context of evolving theoretical and methodo-logical issues. Topics include boundaries of particularism, frames of reference, etymology, historical cleavages, and the idea of the African voice. Students will write major research papers analyzing the various perspectives advanced by scholars within the field of African studies.
Pan Africanism: Du Bois to Fanon
A survey of the major currents of Pan African thought from the early Pan African Congresses to the events of the Sixth Pan African Congress of Dar es Salaam. Opposing critiques will be presented and discussed, especially the Marxist critique of Pan Africanism.
Caribbean Culture and Politics
An investigation of the roles of culture and politics in the development of the Caribbean basin. Particular emphasis will be placed on the ways that African cultural survivals, creolism, syncretism, and political struggle have acted to create the unique Caribbean outlook.
Examines African literature from 4000 B.C. to the 20th century. Special attention will be paid to the early sacred works, and didactic oral traditions, poetry, drama, the advent and literary aesthetics of Western-writers.
African American Literature
Deals with the social context of African American literary development from enslavement to the present. Students are introduced to the cultural patterns and historical experiences that produced the early autobiographies, narratives, poetry, and essays as well as the 20th century novels, plays, and poetry.
The Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
A study of the African-American realization of literary revivals between the two great 20th Century European wars. Special emphasis on Harlem as a venue and symbol of the emergence of modern African American literature.
Literature of the Black Power Revolution
An overview of the major African American literary developments of the 1960's and 1970's in the United States. Looks at the works of Amiri Baraka, James Baldwin, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Haki Madhubuti, and others.
Examines the interrelationship of the creative process with cultural and philosophical motifs in African history by studying mythology, the generative and productive force of the spoken word and the power and significance of a wide variety of aesthetic concepts.
Major African Writers
Examines the 20th century prose, fiction, and poetry of major writers of the African world, concentrating on the African continent. Students analyze writers in accordance with the protocols of literary innovations, afrocentric motifs, symbolic functionalism, and political themes. Looks at the works of Achebe, Ngugi, Baldwin, Wright, Hughes, Guillen, Morrison, Ellison, Beti, Soyinka, Head, Zapata Olivella, Estupinan, Senghor, Baraka, and others.
History of African American Art
The advanced study of the history of African American art and its interrelatedness to self-affirmation and self-determination from the times of Benjamin Tanner to the present. Focuses on the lives and works of masters such as John Biggers, Charles White, Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, and Lois Maillou Jones.
Examines the various classic and contemporary methods for collecting field data on African cultural and social behaviors. Emphasis on the use of audio and video data gathering methods, and participant observation.
Readings in African History
Survey of the major developments in Africa through written and oral records with discrete emphasis on the analysis of perspectives both external and internal to Africa. Collected traditions, colonial and neocolonial scholarship, liberal and feminist writings, Marxist and neo-Marxist treatises as well as Africanist and afrocentrist literature will be examined.
Readings in African American Social Thought
An intensive reading of the works of Frederick Douglass, Martin Delany, Frances Harper, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Edward Blyden, Booker T. Washington, E. Franklin Frazier, Ida B. Wells, Anna Julia Cooper, and others. Looks at the intellectual roots of the ideas of significant contemporary thinkers.
Readings in 1960s Protests
Close reading of documentary evidences in African American political, historical, and social thought during the turbulent sixties. Students prepare papers from primary documents.
Readings in Racism and the American Economy
An analysis of the nature of racism and the American economy with special attention to the interconnection of racism and the capitalist economic system.
African American Music
Seminar in African American Psychology
An examination of theory and research pertaining to African American psychology. A selected discussion of various theoretical perspectives on African American personality and socialization.
Seminar in Nile Valley Civilizations
A critical examination of selected topics in the civilizations of Kemet, Nubia, and Axum. Detailed analysis and discussion of the primacy of Kemet in African civilization.
Research and Writings of W.E.B. Du Bois
An intensive examination of selected topics in the autobiographical works of Du Bois, historical, sociological, and creative works.
Seminar in the Life and Work of Malcolm X
Examines the life and work of Malcolm X from the standpoint of his impact on social, political, and economic movements in the United States. The moral force of Malcolm X as seen in the growth of various urban religious and spiritual groups will be assessed.
Seminar in African American Social Philosophy
An intensive seminar in the writings and activities of major social philosophers such as Edward Blyden, Ida B. Wells, Paul Cuffee, Martin Delany, David Walker, Malcolm X, Harold Cruse, and Angela Davis.
Seminar in the African American Woman
An exhaustive treatment of theories relating to the role of the African American woman. Topics will include gender bias within the African American community, feminism and the black woman, sexism, classism, and racism, and the future of the black woman in America.
Seminar in the Works of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Students will prepare major papers examining various aspects of the writings and speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Seminar in the African American Novel
A seminar in the African American novel which may focus on one or several principal figures or examine a single theme during a particular historical period, i.e., the novel after 1945.
Seminar in African Aesthetics
Examines the philosophical foundations of African aesthetics by concentrating on the cosmology, ritual religions, oral traditions, and proverbs of African people. Examines the question of what constitutes African standards of beauty, or art, or good, or culture.
Teaching African American Studies
Required of all graduate teaching assistants prior to the assumption of teaching duties. Designed to teach communication and organizational skills. Supervision of teaching is required.
Sem. In African Amer. ST. Soc. Behavior
Indiv. Res. In Afr. Amer. ST.
Preliminary Exam Prep.
Dissertation Research CH.