Related courses are courses offered by disciplinary departments that count toward the AFST major/minor. Pertinent courses are potentially relevant to the major/minor but do not have enough AFST content to count toward requirements without a special petition. Due to changing course offerings, this is only a partial list. Any questions about whether or how a course counts toward the major/minor should be directed to the Program Director.


  • AFST 100: Gender and Sex in African History

    This course looks at the ways that Africanist historians, art historians, anthropologists, and sociologists have examined gender and sexualities in selected cases on the African continent. Students will study the complexities of gender and sexual experiences, practices, identities, and communities within various historical and cultural contexts.

    6 credits; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2021 · Thabiti Willis
  • AFST 112: Black Revolution on Campus

    This course explores the activist roots of Africana Studies. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, students organized hundreds of protests that sparked a period of unrest, retaliation, negotiation, and reform that fundamentally reshaped college campuses across the United States. Black students, along with their “Third World” and progressive white allies, demanded that academe serve their communities and provide a “more relevant education.” The course will consider the influence of various movements, including Black power, anti-war, second wave feminism, and decolonization, on the creation of interdisciplinary fields including Black Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Women and Gender Studies.

    6 credits; Social Inquiry, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2021–2022
  • AFST 113: Introduction to Africana Studies

    This survey course introduces students to the content and contours of Africana Studies as a field of study–its genealogy, antecedents, development, and future challenges. The course focuses on historic and contemporary experiences of African-descended peoples, particularly in the United States, the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe. We will also give some attention to how members of the Diaspora remember and encounter Africa, and to how Africans respond to the history of enslavement, colonialism, apartheid, racism and globalization.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2021–2022
  • AFST 115: Black Heroism in the Diaspora and Early America

    This course examines motifs of Black Heroism throughout the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade and Early America. We take an interdisciplinary and Black Studies approach to topics like slave life and maroonage, freedom suits, military enlistment, and more. The course material will include fiction like Frederick Douglass’ The Heroic Slave as well as theoretical texts like Neil Roberts Freedom as Maroonage. The aim of the course is to provide a look at the multifacted lives of Black people in the diaspora and early America with an emphasis on complex and quotidian resistance to domination.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2021 · Eddie O’Byrn
  • AFST 120: Gender and Sexuality in the African Diaspora

    This course is an interdisciplinary examination of gender and sexualities throughout the Africa Diaspora. We will study the complexities of gender and sexual experiences, practices, identities, and community formations within various cultural contexts throughout the Black world.

    6 credits; Social Inquiry, International Studies; not offered 2021–2022
  • AFST 130: Global Islam and Blackness

    This course will introduce students to key trends and moments in Islamic thought and activism in Africa and the black diaspora. It explores the historical construction of the categories of “race” and “religion” through a focus on Islam and blackness. We will analyze how blackness and Islam, and their relationship, has been conceptualized and presented by non-Africans, as well as the history of Islam in Africa and in the black diaspora. We will explore the construction of blackness within Islamic history and cultures, highlighting the notion of the Moor in medieval times and the Nation of Islam in U.S. history.

    6 credits; Social Inquiry, Writing Requirement, International Studies; not offered 2021–2022
  • AFST 180: Religion and Politics in Africa

    What is religion? What is politics? What are the relations between these presumed distinct spheres of social life? Is the relationship between religion and politics in Africa different from what it is in other parts of the world? If so, what explains these differences? Further, what assumptions about Africa and its history might explain how religion and politics are thought about in Africa? Through an interdisciplinary approach, this course explores these questions by examining the history and contemporary conditions of religious and political life in Africa. Because of the significance of colonialism in African history and present conditions, the course will study these questions though a chronology that is centered around the European colonization of the continent. 

    6 credits; not offered 2021–2022
  • AFST 200: The Black Intellectual Tradition in the Twentieth Century

    This course focuses on theories, ideologies, frameworks, and methodologies that constitute: 1) the Black intellectual tradition in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and 2) Africana Studies as an academic discipline. The course is structured around examinations of Black intellectual strategies and struggles for justice, recognition, self-determination, and freedom. We will read and discuss classic and contemporary scholarship concerning the study of the Black experience in the United States and the African Diaspora, and that has shaped the discipline of Africana Studies.

    6 credits; Social Inquiry, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2021–2022
  • AFST 210: Historiographies of Slavery

    This survey course explores how Black enslaved and ex-enslaved people narrated their experiences of chattel slavery, and its immediate aftermath, in America. Stretching beyond a focus on only traditional historical slave narratives, this course adopts an interdisciplinary approach to slavery that utilizes philosophy, literature, and media studies. Reading and media for the course may include Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, selections William Still’s The Underground Railroad and the WPA Slave Narrative Collection, the film 12 Years a Slave and the miniseries Roots, and Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo.”

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Spring 2022 · Eddie O’Byrn
  • AFST 220: Intersectionality

    This course is an in-depth examination of intersectionality, as a theory and analytic framework, and the socio/political projects out of which it emerges. We will focus on how intersecting categories of social difference such as race, class, gender, and sexuality create and maintain social inequalities in U.S. society and abroad. Some of the other intersecting forms of social difference we will explore include, ethnicity, nation/migration, dis/ability, and HIV/disease status. 

    6 credits; Social Inquiry, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2021–2022
  • AFST 230: Black Diaspora, Politics of Place

    Central to diasporic identity formation and imagination is the simultaneous belonging to a multiplicity of places. For black diasporic subjects, struggles against oppression and for new political futures inspire transgression against normative political boundaries. This class explores the role of place and politics in the making of the black diaspora in Europe and the Americas. It emphasizes the intellectual and political connections and the sense of shared identity and destiny. Through an interdisciplinary approach, this course will offer a global history of race, identity, and politics through the lens of the black diaspora.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Spring 2022 · Ahmed Ibrahim
  • AFST 398: Africana Studies Capstone

    This course gives Africana Studies majors and minors the opportunity to apply what they have learned by preparing for and presenting at the annual National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) conference. Under the guidance of Africana Studies faculty members, students will interrogate the origins and institutionalization of Africana Studies; revise an Africana Studies-themed research paper completed in a previous course into a conference paper; and prepare and submit a paper proposal for NCBS. At NCBS, students will present their own research and engage with the work of Africana Studies scholars at panels, plenaries and workshops. Afterward, they will write a short assessment of the conference and their experience in Africana Studies at Carleton. 

    3 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2021–2022
  • AFST 400: Integrative Exercise

    1 credit; S/NC; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022

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