African and African Diaspora Studies courses

ADST 1550 New Orleans Hip Hop I
New Orleans Hip Hop I
This course surveys major locations, musical influences, and aesthetic elements of New Orleans hip hop culture, with special emphasis on Bounce and the defining features of local spoken word. The course includes a required service learning component, which guides students through the completion of a public event designed to showcase New Orleans hip hop's educational and entertainment value.
credit hours: 3

ADST 2000 Introduction to African and African Diaspora Studies
Introduction to African and African Diaspora Studies
This course serves as an introduction to the study of Africa and its Diaspora and is intended to help students understand the complexities of interdisciplinary approaches to area studies. Emphasis will be placed on the complementary nature of such scholarship and a portion of the course is devoted to learning how the same issue or thematic is treated in diverse ways depending on the disciplinary perspective of the scholar.
credit hours: 3

ADST 2010 Methods in African and African Diaspora Studies
Methods in African and African Diaspora Studies
This course introduces students to major theories and methods in African and African Diaspora Studies. 
credit hours: 3

ADST 3100 Issues in Afro-Atlantic Studies
Issues in Afro-Atlantic Studies
An exploration of some of the central themes of Afro-Atlantic Studies through the study of selected issues arising out of the Afro-Atlantic moral, cultural, political, and religious experience.
credit hours: 3

ADST 3200 Issues in African Studies
Issues in African Studies
An exploration of some of the central themes of African studies through the study of selected issues arising out of the African moral, cultural, political, and religious experience.
credit hours: 3

ADST 3300 Issues in African Diaspora Studies
Issues in African Diaspora Studies
An exploration of some of the central themes of African Diaspora Studies through the study of selected issues arising out of the African Diasporic moral, cultural, political, and religious experience.
credit hours: 3

ADST 3550 Third World Cinema
Third World Cinema
This course surveys the cinematic practices of the developing nations of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. The filmic practice, at once revolutionary and ideological, has not only produced some of the world's most striking filmic innovations, but is now recognized as having initiated a new phase and expanded definitions of the art of cinema. The issues to be addressed include: the development of a national cinema, the impact of politics on film style, video and television culture, the commonalities and differences in modes of production, the relationship of film to the societies' values and cultures and the role of cinema as a mediation of history.
credit hours: 3

ADST 3750 From Community to Stage
From Community to Stage
This course introduces students to the story circle methodology as formulated by the Free Southern Theater and Junebug Productions. Students also learn the history of the Free Southern Theater and the Black Arts Movement in the South. Collaboration with local artists will result in the production of an original theatrical performance at the end of the semester.
credit hours: 3

ADST 3890 Service Learning
Service Learning
Students complete a service activity in the community in conjunction with the content of a three-credit corequisite course.
Pre-requistites: Departmental approval.
credit hours: 3

ADST 4180 African Cinema
African Cinema
This course will provide a critical and interdisciplinary look at the development of African cinema from its inception in the 1960s to the present. In looking at this period, we will move from the sociopolitical upheavals of late colonialism to the recent phase of introspection and diversification. The relationship of cinematic practices to transformation in the social and economic sphere will be examined, as well as the creation of distinctively African film styles based on oral traditions. In pursuing these topics, we will consider the impact of technology, history and culture, ties to the cinema of other developing nations and co-productions.
credit hours: 3

ADST 4300 Cultural Politics and Film
Cultural Politics and Film
This course is designed to explore developments in the cross-cultural use of media from Hollywood feature films to ethnographic documentaries, from Caribbean liberationist literature to African allegories of colonialism, and from indigenous use of film and video to Black Diasporan oppositional film practice. Issues to be addressed include Afrocentrism, Eurocentrism, ethnocentrism, multiculturalism, racism, sexism, gender, and class bias.
credit hours: 3

ADST 4400 Afro-Brazilians
Afro-Brazilians
Once heralded internationally as a “racial democracy,” Brazil has been the subject of an ongoing critical re-evaluation that has revealed a vast gap between the national ideal and the social reality. The ideas of “race” and the various forms of institutional and quotidian racism in Brazil make for compelling contrasts and comparisons with the United States. This course will focus on a wide range of themes, issues, and problems in Afro-Brazilian Studies since the abolition of slavery in 1888. Combining cultural history, anthropology, sociology, literature, and popular music, this course will offer a multidisciplinary approach to black culture and race relations in Brazilian society.  
credit hours: 3

ADST 4560 Internship Studies
Internship Studies
An experiential learning process coupled with pertinent academic course work. Open only to juniors and seniors in good standing.
Notes: A maximum of six credits may be earned in one or two courses toward the African and African Diaspora Studies major. See also the college requirements for internships.
Pre-requistites: Approval of instructor and director.
credit hours: 3

ADST 4570 Internship Studies
Internship Studies
An experiential learning process coupled with pertinent academic course work. Open only to juniors and seniors in good standing.
Notes: A maximum of six credits may be earned in one or two courses toward the African and African Diaspora Studies major. See also the college requirements for internships.
Pre-requistites: Approval of instructor and director.
credit hours: 1-3

ADST 4810 Special Topics in African and African Diaspora Studies
Special Topics in African and African Diaspora Studies
Special topics in African and African Diaspora studies; also cross-listed with special topics from other departments when related to African and African Diaspora studies. This course is required for African and African Diaspora majors. African and African Diaspora minors are encouraged but not required to take this course.
Notes: May be used to fulfill African and African Diaspora studies distribution requirements in consultation with the program director.
credit hours: 3

ADST 4820 Special Topics in African and African Diaspora Studies
Special Topics in African and African Diaspora Studies
Special topics in African and African Diaspora studies; also cross-listed with special topics from other departments when related to African and African Diaspora studies. This course is required for African and African Diaspora majors. African and African Diaspora minors are encouraged but not required to take this course.
Notes: May be used to fulfill African and African Diaspora studies distribution requirements in consultation with the program director.
credit hours: 3

ADST 4830 Service Learning Capstone for ADST with 5110 add-on
Service Learning Capstone for ADST with 5110 add-on
This course deepens students' understanding of core tensions, issues, and themes in African and African Diaspora Studies and provides a framework for students to apply this understanding to the completion of a community-based service-learning project. The course meets the second-tier requirement for graduation; thus, a prerequisite for enrollment is completion of the first-tier service-learning requirement.
Notes: Students may fulfill the capstone requirement if co-registered with ADST 5110.
Pre-requistites: First tier Service-Learning requirement completed.
Co-requisites: Students wishing to use this course to fulfill the Capstone credit must also register ADST 5110 (0 credit).
credit hours: 3

ADST 4840 Orality and Literacy in African and African Diaspora Studies
Orality and Literacy in African and African Diaspora Studies
This course introduces students to fundamental issues, concepts, themes, and genres of black vernacularism, including spirituals, the blues, spoken word, griot, and oral tradition. The course also orients students to the fundamental tension between orality and literacy, which shapes and distinguishes black literary traditions.
credit hours: 3

ADST 4910 Independent Studies
Independent Studies
Open to advanced student with approval of the director and subject to availability of faculty mentor.
credit hours: 1-3

ADST 4920 Independent Studies
Independent Studies
Open to advanced student with approval of the director and subject to availability of faculty mentor.
credit hours: 3

ADST 5110 Capstone
Capstone
credit hours: 0

ADST 6050 Black Feminism and Social Movement in the United States
Black Feminism and Social Movement in the United States
This course surveys major thought and development in black feminism to understand its application to political, social, and economic issues relevant to black women's lives. 
credit hours: 3

ADST 6090 Criminal Justice and African and African Diaspora Studies
Criminal Justice and African and African Diaspora Studies
This course broadens ADST course offerings at advanced levels; in addition, it enhances the disciplinary range of ADST courses.  
credit hours: 3

ADST H4990 Honors Thesis
Honors Thesis
For especially qualified juniors and seniors with approval of the director and the Honors Committee. Students must have a minimum of a 3.000 overall grade-point average and a 3.500 grade-point average in the major.
credit hours: 3

ADST H5000 Honors Thesis
Honors Thesis
For especially qualified juniors and seniors with approval of the director and the Honors Committee. Students must have a minimum of a 3.000 overall grade-point average and a 3.500 grade-point average in the major.
credit hours: 3