African and African American Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses

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200-Level Courses

AFAM 200: Introduction to African American Studies (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Interdisciplinary introduction to the field of African American studies. Includes comparative analysis of approaches, methodologies, and key concepts related to the study of people of African descent in the United States, continental Africa, and throughout the African diaspora. Lectures and discussion integrate attention to such issues as diversity and multiculturalism from national and global perspectives. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

HIST 261: Survey of African History (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Focuses on the sub-Saharan region and examines evolving systems of kinship power, spirituality, and slavery. Explores the interactions between Africans and global influences from the religions of the book and colonialism to the politics of development and continuities and changes in production. HIST 261 surveys African history from the earliest times to 1800. HIST 262 surveys African history from 1800 to the present. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

HIST 262: Survey of African History (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Focuses on the sub-Saharan region and examines evolving systems of kinship power, spirituality, and slavery. Explores the interactions between Africans and global influences from the religions of the book and colonialism to the politics of development and continuities and changes in production. HIST 261 surveys African history from the earliest times to 1800. HIST 262 surveys African history from 1800 to the present. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

300-Level Courses

EDUC 301: Educationally Diverse Populations: Handicapped, Gifted, Multicultural (3 Credits)

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Introduction to educational issues; not applicable in graduate-level teacher education programs. Introduces psychological, sociological, educational, and physical aspects of diverse populations in today's schools for early and middle education. Emphasizes litigation and legislation pertaining to education of diverse populations. Notes: Requires school-based field experience during course. Equivalent to EDUC 521.
Schedule Type: Lecture

CONF 302: Culture, Identity, and Conflict (3 Credits)

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Covers deeply rooted, intractable, or protracted social conflicts around core issues of identity, including race, ethnicity, religion, and nationalism. Explores cultural, symbolic, and discursive approaches to identity conflict. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Schedule Type: Lecture

CRIM 307: Social Inequality, Crime, and Justice (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Explores the significance of social inequality (especially race and gender inequality) for several crime and criminal justice issues. Examines variations in criminal offending and victimization, and explores disparities in criminal justice processing. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 308: Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Explores how race and ethnicity have been shaped by policies and practices in Western and non-Western societies. Explores the evolution of racial and ethnic attitudes from a global and historical perspective. Examines how changing demographic racial patterns may affect definitions of race and ethnicity and the ways in which people individually and collectively act to create new futures. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

WMST 309: Black Social Movements: Gendering of Violence and Activism (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Examines racialized gendered conceptions of popular culture, violence, and the legal system and their role in structuring systems of segregation, discrimination and exclusion. Looks at the gendered strategies and conflicts of organizations that arose to combat racial violence and overturn legal and social barriers to equal opportunity and citizenship rights. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

WMST 316: Gendered Pan-Africanism (3 Credits)

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Gendered Pan-Africanism. Explores the writings and activism of African Americans who traveled to Africa in search of a shared cultural past and present or an opportunity to build pan-African allegiances. Examines these encounters within the context of the Cold War, US civil rights and African anti-colonial movements, and racial and gender ideologies of the time. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

ENGH 318: Introduction to Cultural Studies (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Introduces interpretive practices associated with cultural studies. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture

INTS 320: Construction of Differences: Race, Class, and Gender (6 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Investigates race, sex, sexual orientation, and social class in contemporary American society. Examines commonalities in the construction of these categories and experiences of those who occupy them. Equivalent to NCLC 320.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Schedule Type: Lecture

CONF 325: Dialogue and Difference (3 Credits)

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Covers challenges of communicating across differences of age, gender, language, culture, political orientation, and contextual situations. Students will engage in preparing and analyzing communication strategies in conflict situations and will participate in a dialogue over the term that explores the meaning and experience of difference on the Mason campus. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Seminar

HIST 335: The African American Experience in the United States: African Background to 1885 (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

History of African American experience in United States including African origins; trans-Atlantic slave trade; development of slavery in colonial, revolutionary, and antebellum periods; abolitionist movements; and African American participation in Civil War and during Reconstruction. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

HIST 336: The African American Experience in the United States: Reconstruction to the Present (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

History of African American life in post-slavery America, and rise and consequences of racial segregation in 19th and 20th centuries. Examines African American response to continued racial inequality and repression. Covers great migration, urbanization, black nationalism, and civil rights era, as well as contemporary debates about race. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

HIST 337: Race and Gender in American Sports (3 Credits)

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Examines how ideas about race and gender have affected sports in America from late 19th century to the 1980s. Will also consider how athletes and sporting activities have shaped American racial and gender paradigms. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

HIST 342: History of the Olympics and the United States (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Traces history of American participation in the Olympics from 1896 to the present. Topics may include American leadership in the Olympic Movement, the historical legacy of American Olympic host cities, American Imperialism, Nazism, issues of race, gender and ethnicity in the Olympics, the Cold War and Olympic boycotts, and commercialization of sport. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

ENGH 348: Beginnings of African American Literature Through 1865 (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Concentrating on such poets as Phillis Wheatley, Jupiter Hammon, Lucy Terry, and George Moses Horton, examines significant African American literary, social, and political texts produced through 1865. Special attention to narrative accounts of enslavement and freedom by Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, and Olaudah Equiano; political writings and orations of David Walker and Sojourner Truth; fiction of Harriet Wilson and William Wells Brown; and nonwritten cultural artifacts such as slave songs and spirituals. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture

ENGH 349: African American Literature: Reconstruction to 1903 (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Emphasizes several major writers from Reconstruction to beginning of 20th century, concluding with W.E.B. DuBois's The Souls of Black Folk . Concentrating on evolution of African American fiction and poetry as well as political and social discourses on "race," explores how authors such as Frances E.W. Harper, Charles Chesnutt, Pauline Hopkins, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Anna Julia Cooper, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Booker T. Washington, and DuBois shaped the foundation for 20th-century African American literary art and aesthetics. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture

ENGH 350: African American Literature Through 1946 (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Focusing on fiction, poetry, drama, and autobiography, explores evolution of African American literature and aesthetics and major social, cultural, and historical movements such as the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and emergence of black naturalism, realism, and modernism in the 1930s-40s. Major authors include Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Jessie Fauset, James Weldon Johnson, Jean Toomer, Nella Larsen, Margaret Walker, Chester Himes, Richard Wright, and Ann Petry. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture

ENGH 351: Contemporary African American Literature (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Encompassing array of genres and forms, examines black writing from mid-20th century to present. Engages textual, critical, political, and theoretical issues related to cardinal literary movements, such as Black Arts Movement of 1960s and Third Renaissance of 1980s-90s. Examines how musical forms such as blues, jazz, and rap shaped literary production. Major authors include Ralph Ellison, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, Amiri Baraka, Alice Walker, Ernest Gaines, Gloria Naylor, August Wilson, and Toni Morrison. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 355: Social Inequality (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Studies class structures and implications for individuals and groups in modern society. Explores issues of race and ethnicity, language and immigration status, sex and gender, social class, age, and sexual orientation. Examines critically the theory and research that explore the construction, experience, and meaning of such differences. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

HIST 360: History of South Africa (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Explores the historical processes that led to the rise of African kingdoms, colonialism, industrialization, resistance movements, and legalized segregation. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

ECON 362: African Economic Development (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Issues of economic development as applied to Africa. Includes overview of early economic history in Africa and post-independence development, and contemporary development problems. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Recommended Prerequisite: ECON 103 and 104.
Schedule Type: Lecture

COMM 365: Gender, Race, and Class in the Media (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Introduces concepts of power, influence of mass media. Allows students to see themselves as products, producers of media influence, and gives sense of the roles in the media or lack thereof, of groups based on their gender, race and/or class. Equivalent to WMST 304.
Recommended Prerequisite: COMM 302 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

ANTH 365: Human Variation (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Examines biological dimensions of human variation and the beginnings of race as a concept. Discusses evolution of human biodiversity in culturally distinct human groups related to environment, physiology, genetics, nutrition, and disease. Explores use of scientific analyses of human biodiversity. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: ANTH 135, 60 hours or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

AVT 378: The African American Experience in the Performing Arts (3 Credits)

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Through lectures, slides, audio recordings, videos, and films, students examine African American contributions to cultural fabric of American forms and institutions. Artistic contributions examined in aesthetic, political, historical, and social contexts. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

HIST 387: Topics in Global History (3-6 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

HIST 389: Topics in US. History. (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Schedule Type: Lecture

AFAM 390: Special Topics in African and African American Studies (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Study of selected topics related to the study of people of African descent in Africa, the United States, the Caribbean, Latin Americas and throughout the African Diaspora. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture

SOCI 395: Special Topics in Sociology (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Introduces the research interests of the faculty, offering new courses that reflect current issues not yet incorporated into the curriculum. Offers, in addition, advanced study into topics covered in the standing curriculum. Topics change by semester. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: 90 hours, including 12 hours of SOCI.
Schedule Type: Lecture

400-Level Courses

MGMT 412: Diversity in Organizations (3 Credits)

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Builds on MGMT 303 by emphasizing intrapersonal, interpersonal, organizational, and societal phenomena relevant to issues of diversity. Examines phenomena and processes in general and with regard to specific dimensions such as gender, race, and ability. Designed to increase students' knowledge of diversity in organizations, understanding of others' perspectives, and ability to work well with people who differ from themselves. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Scholarly Inquiry
Registration Restrictions:

Required Prerequisites: MGMT 301C, L301, 303C or L303.
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Students with a class of Freshman or Sophomore may not enroll.

Non-Degree level students may not enroll.

Students with the terminated from BU major attribute may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

GOVT 414: Politics of Race and Gender (3 Credits)

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Examines political, economic, and social impact of public policies and implications for race, gender, and age. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: GOVT 103.
Schedule Type: Lecture

GOVT 423: Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties (3 Credits)

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Studies First Amendment freedoms of speech, press, assembly, association, and religion; right to privacy; and Fourteenth Amendment equal protection. Equivalent to CRIM 423.
Recommended Prerequisite: GOVT 103.
Schedule Type: Lecture

GOVT 445: Human Rights (3 Credits)

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Explores philosophical, legal, and political issues at heart of modern international human rights movement. Examines historical background legal architecture of modern human rights movement. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: GOVT 132.
Schedule Type: Lecture

ANTH 488: Gender, Sexuality, and Culture (3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Examines how gender, sexuality, race, and class come together as analytically distinct, yet practically intertwined, systems of meaning and practice. Examples highlight questions of political economy and history while focusing on specific ethnographic or historical readings. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 60 hours and ANTH 340 or Permission of Instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

AFAM 490: Internship (2-6 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Approved work-study program in cooperation with specific organizations including area museums; NGOs; and local, state, and federal agencies. Students should arrange for an internship in the semester before they wish to enroll. Permission required from program director, Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott. Notes: Credit to be determined by the African American Studies Program. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Internship

AFAM 499: Independent Study (1-3 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Investigation of an area related to African American studies according to individual interest, with emphasis on research. Permission required from program director, Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Independent Study

600-Level Courses

WMST 600: Special Topics (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 

Study of selected topics central to contemporary women and gender studies. Topics vary but include representation and images, violence, public policy, international development, transmigration of labor, myth and ritual, history and politics of sexuality, psychoanalysis, and religion. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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