Following is a comprehensive list of courses offered in the Black Studies Program. For a listing of the courses offered this semester, please consult the current course schedule
10100: African Heritage and the Afro-American Experience
Introduction to Black “roots” from ancient Africa to contemporary America as an orientation to the nature of Black Studies emphasizing its relationships to world history, Europe, Asia, the Americas, slavery, Reconstruction, colonization, racism, and their politico-economic and cultural impact upon African descendants worldwide. 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
10200: African Heritage and the Caribbean-Brazilian Experience
Analysis of historical conditions which shaped the lives of African peoples in the Caribbean and Brazil emphasizing cultural continuities, human organization and similarities in global Black experience among Africans on the continent and in the Western hemisphere, vis-a-vis European politico-economic control and cultural impact. 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
14900: Religion and Survival
An historical analysis of the role of religion and the church in sustaining the survival of Black people within white America. (W) 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
15500: Black Studies and Black Psychology
Derives its unique status from African philosophy which formulates the values, customs, attitudes, and behavior of Africans in Africa and the African Diaspora. Examines, conceptualizes and interprets from an Afrocentric perspective, centered in the history and development of Africa. (W) 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
17100: Roots: Seminar on the Black World Experience
The study of a people involuntarily and forcibly transported from Africa to the Americas. The organizing concepts include African world history, culture and religion, family and genealogy, capitalism and slavery, humanism and communalism, socialization and values, cosmology and philosophical thought. (W) 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
17600: The Black Revolution
A survey of the forces shaping the current unrest in the world-wide Black community. Movements that project the changed attitude toward being Black for Blacks and non-Blacks. Highlights both the positive and negative reactions resulting from the new self-pride on the part of Black people. (W) 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
Field work experience in various areas of community service and pre-professional work. Hours arranged. One day per week in field and two hour seminar bimonthly. Students are limited to two courses. 3 CR. EACH
Black World Development
12300: African Politics
The emergence of the modern state structures from colonial Africa. A comparative analysis of colonialism, nationalism and political development of selected African countries.
(W) 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
12400: National Building and Development in Africa
A survey of patterns of leadership, ideologies, and political organization in contemporary Africa. The “revolutionary” pattern will be contrasted to the “conservative” pattern in an effort to provide a contextual understanding of the relationship between political attitudes and social problems. (W) 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
12800: The United Nations and New Nation States
The major legal and constitutional problems in international organizations arising in the work of the United Nations with particular reference to decolonization, apartheid, transfer of “appropriate” technology to the developing world, trusteeship questions, peacekeeping functions, human rights, and domestic jurisdiction. (W) 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
21000-21300: African World Area Studies
A semester or summer-long course designed to expose selected groups of students to major areas populated by persons of African descent through in-area observation, study, laboratory, and cooperative volunteer work experiences with students and other citizens of the area visited. (W) 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
21000: African Area Studies
21100: Afro-American Studies
21200: Caribbean Studies
21300: Brazilian and Afro-Latin American Area Studies
Business, Science & Technology
13500: Economic Development of the Black Community
The impact of technology and industrialization on the Black ghetto; the economics of transportation; perpetuation or disintegration of the ghetto; public welfare; municipal services; effects of migration, limited autonomy, and hostile external political and fiscal policies upon continuous underdevelopment. (W) 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
17500: Science & Technology
Using research methods firmly entrenched in the science, math, engineering, and technology disciplines, students will examine areas of considerable impact on the African Diaspora in 1) health and disease disparities, 2) information technology, 3) urban and environmental Issues, 4) genomics, and 5) natural resource conservation.
3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
31106: Personal Finance & Black Entrepreneurship
Introduces the key features of capitalism determinative of African American political economy within the cultural context of the U.S. Students will integrate a personalized financial assessment into a practicable business plan. 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
African American Society
13200: The Afro-American Child in His Urban Setting
The sociological, psychological and educational needs of Black children in New York City public and private schools. (Education majors must consult their advisor.)
(W) 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
13400: The Harlem Community
The origins and ethnic development of the Harlem community: demographic trends, institutions, culture, resources, and the role of Harlem as a training ground for Black leadership. Field learning experiences include visits to historic sites and community landmarks. 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
14500: Capitalism and Colonialism in Contemporary America
White America is described as capitalist and colonialist. Efforts will be made to comprehend the relative importance of the two phenomena for strategies of liberation depending upon the understanding of who and what is the American and America.
(W) 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
14700: The Civil Rights Movement
The struggle for civil rights related to differences in organizational structures, ideologies and tactics. An attempt is made to evaluate each organization in its situation and in contrast to its social environment. 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
15700: Racism and the American Legal System
Contemporary legal institutions, their intrinsic race and class biases, the peculiar development and entanglement of the institution of slavery and American jurisprudence, and the effect of the racist application of the American legal system on every facet of the Black experience. (W) 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
18900: Sociopolitical Impact of Race and Racism
The historical development and contemporary impact of the concepts of race and racism, focusing upon the early attempts at human classification, notions of polygenesis, the biological and social concepts of race, the origins of racism, slavery, sexism, institutional racism, and contemporary polarization. (W) 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
19000: Malcolm X: His Life, Leadership and Legacy
Charismatic, mesmerizing, energetic life. Rise from criminal to international fame. Leadership greatly influenced poor African-American masses, stunned Black conservatives and shocked white America. Black Muslims controversy vis-a-vis civil rights forced him to fight independently. Left legacy of beloved martyr slain in Black struggle.
(W) 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
31103: Race and Racism
An examination of the idea of race from biological, sociocultural, and historical standpoints, particularly as it arose in support of the development of western European colonialism and imperialism. Also investigated will be the role of race/racism via-a-vis socioeconomic inequality, gender, class, ethnicity, and sexuality. (W) 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
31601: Black English
The grammatical structure of Black American English and how it is used in Black culture and the educational system. (W) 3 HR/./WK.; 3 CR.
33000: Afro-American Heritage: 1619 to 1865
A survey of the sociocultural experiences of African peoples in the North American diaspora defining the historical, economic and political origins of the contemporary position of the Afro-American. 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
33100: Afro-American Heritage: 1865-Present
A survey of the Black experience in America, this course will focus upon the major issues, trends, personalities, and literature of the period, the contradictions of Emancipation, and will examine Reconstruction, migration, and exodus, Black Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, Black power and nationalism. 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
33300: The Black Woman
The various contemporary situations and problems peculiar to Afro-American women in the community and in American society. Entails a study of such institutions as marriage, family, childrearing practices, religion, politics and business. Attention also given to how she is projected in literature and theater. A comparative study of African and Caribbean women will be presented. 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
Latin American and Caribbean Cultures
16100: Caribbean and Brazilian Heritage
A survey of economic and sociocultural factors. History of the Caribbean and Brazil, with special emphasis on the experience of African peoples dispersed in these areas, their role in the affairs of the Third World, varied colonial experiences, covering the pre-Columbian period through the present. 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
16300: Race and Politics in the Caribbean
The relationship between race and class; political power dependency in various Caribbean areas. The colonial and neocolonial experiences of key islands, and movements toward autonomy and independence. (W) 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
16600: Caribbean Immigration
An analysis of the economic and political factors leading to the 19th and 20th century population movements into, within, and from the Caribbean region, stressing migration to the United States, the Caribbean communities in New York, Panama, Central America, London, Paris, Montreal, New Haven, Caracas and Toronto. Immigration issues worldwide will be studied comparatively. 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
Special Topics and Independent Studies
Approval of the Program Director required. Apply no later than December 10 in the Fall term and May 1 in the Spring term. VARIABLE CR., BUT USUALLY 4 CR./SEM.
31000: Independent Reading in Black Studies
Approval of Program Director is mandatory. Program thoroughly planned and structured. The student will be required to produce evidence of the readings available and relevant to his/her interests. The readings must be compiled into a comprehensive report. Limited to upper-class students with adequate background in Black Studies. (W) 1-4 CR.
Courses in other Departments
In addition to the courses listed above, many courses from other divisions and departments of the College may be accepted towards the degree. Please consult the Program Director and Program Advisor each semester for a list of acceptable courses.
Undergraduate Course Descriptions Summer 2013
30245: Black Art Age Of Aids
This course will examine African American history, literature, art, theater, performance, film and fashion. This interdisciplinary approach will examine, in particular, black gay men and the distinct creative and political identity they have created about race and sexuality. After the discovery of AIDS in 1981, gay men faced a great deal of prejudice, discrimination and isolation. One way they countered the exclusion, silence and hate, was through artistic mediums. Their creative responses to the dual prejudices of racism and homophobia will be discussed and analyzed with visits from men who created during the 80’s and 90’s and by viewing performances on youtube.com. 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
17500: Science And Technology Of The Black Community
Students will explore a brief overview of key scientist, doctors and health practitioners. We will also discuss the history of medical experimentation and the relationship of people of color to the medical institutions. Finally, we will discuss alternative medical approaches and new technologies that address health disparities present in communities of color such as HIV, AIDS, Cancer and Diabetes. 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
13500: Economics And Development Of The Black Community
This course, Economic Development in the Black Community, might be better rendered as the Political Economic Development, since politics and economics are practically inseparable in a capitalist society. Culture should also be considered in this matrix, and thus to have a complete analysis of the development in the community, or the lack thereof, all three components must be assessed. In effect, this is a very brief course lasting only a month. Each week will be discussed topically, beginning with the global dimensions and including the international slave trade. The succeeding three weeks will cover the institution of slavery, then onto the rise of modern America from the Depression to the nineteen eighties, and conclude with a weeklong survey of contemporary Black America. Students must purchase the Amsterdam News each week. 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
31701: African Presence In Global History
A corrective to world civilizations as it is often taught, this course offers an examination of the African presence in the great civilizations of antiquity. The African origin of Egypt, the African contribution to ancient Greek culture, the African presence in the Roman Empire, the African presence in Christianity, and the African presence in Islam are among the topics discussed. 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
31608: Afro-Latinos Their History And Culture
This course covers the religious, economic, and educational development of Afro Latinos from 1500 to the present, from their roots in Africa and later Spain and Portugal to their flowering in new world countries such as Puerto Rico, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Honduras, Costa Rica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panamá and Cuba. The definition of Afro Latinos thus includes African descendants in the Americas, in the USA, the Caribbean, and South & Central America. 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.
30255: Changing Streets Of Harlem
Harlem is at a crossroads. After three centuries and five decades of continuous development, Harlem is poised for a rebirth. But unlike the cultural artistic movement of the 1920s, this renaissance is class and economic driven. As brownstones and buildings that once stood empty for decades are rehabilitated and new homeownership opportunities are being created through public and private partnerships, Harlem’s longtime residents and small businesses are in jeopardy of being displaced and the cultural identity of Harlem lost. Exploring Harlem’s rebirth in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, students will get a rich understanding of gentrification and how residents in a gentrified community can fight displacement, preserve a cultural identity and achieve equitable development 3 HR./WK.; 3 CR.