African American and Diaspora Studies



The Fall (Fa), Spring (Sp), or Summer (Su) semesters indicated are expected but are not guaranteed. Expansive Core Curriculum courses are denoted by EXP. Service Learning courses are denoted by SL.



AADS 2000 - Introduction to African American History and Culture

This course is an introductory survey of the history and culture of African Americans and a further examination of their philosophical and intellectual traditions. In the course, students are introduced to the African origins of African Americans, an interdisciplinary examination of their sociocultural development in the American context, and an investigation of their contributions to the development of United States history and culture. (3 FaSpSu)

AADS 2010 - Introduction to African American Social Sciences

This course will introduce students to a general conceptual framework for ordering the social/behavioral theories and methods that people of African descent have used to interpret and understand African American life experiences. In the course, students will be introduced to an interdisciplinary examination of areas of critical inquiry pertaining to the diversity and complexity of the African American experience as it relates to the social sciences. Particular emphasis will be placed on how variables associated with academic areas such as anthropology, communications, political economy, psychology, sociology, and popular culture interact with and impact African Americans. (3)

AADS 3020 - Special Topics in African American Studies

This course is designed to more fully develop topics, genres, periods, and texts that are touched upon in the Introduction to African American History course (AADS 2000). The course is taught from an interdisciplinary perspective that emphasizes methodologies and approaches from both the humanities and the social sciences. The course may be taken up to three times as long as the content differs in the three Topics courses selected by an individual student. (3)

AADS 3040 - African American Inquiry

This course introduces students to ways in which scholars examine the African American experience. The theory component of the course is designed to introduce students to an interdisciplinary approach to framing inquiries about African American life, history, and sociocultural organization. The methods component of this course will examine various analytical and philosophical approaches central to study and research applicable to African American studies. Prerequisite: AADS 2000. (3)

AADS 3370 - African Americans, Africa, and Pan Africanism

This course presents an interdisciplinary examination of the concept of Pan Africanism as a multidimensional, realistic, authentic, and effective mechanism by which people of African descent in the United States have related historically and culturally to the African dimension of their identity. The course will employ methods germane to the various disciplines. Factual information and theoretical analyses relative to the establishment and development of a consciousness among African Americans of an African past will be presented and discussed. The course will address also the implications of African Americans identification with Africa on the process of globalization and the formation of the African Diaspora. (3)

AADS 4000 - Seminar in African American Studies

Research and writing intensive seminar, exploring the critical issues and texts which define the interdisciplinary nature of African American Studies. Research is required that synthesizes knowledge gained from the concentration in African American Studies. It is recommended that students complete all core requirements in the African American Studies minor before enrolling in this course. (3)

AADS 4010 - Directed Studies

Concentrated examination of major figures and texts, historical periods and movements, and critical issues including cultural, economic, philosophical, political, religious, and social in a interdisciplinary context. Prerequisite: 2000- or 3000-level AADS course. Open to selected students only. (3)


AADS 4140 (ART 4140) - Art of the African Diaspora

This course is a discussion of the trends and stylistic changes in the art of African descended peoples around the world after slavery. (3, EXP)

AADS 4130 (ART 4130) - African Art

This course is a survey of the major cultures and objects as art forms of Sub Saharan Africa. Traditional material and conceptual African development will be discussed through examination of art objects. (3, EXP)

Communications Studies

AADS 4060 (CMST 4060) - African American Rhetoric and Culture

This course will survey the rhetoric of African American men and women from the 1800s until now as a way of discovering how the African American race has strategically used rhetoric to make their voices heard. Students will learn some of the nuances that characterize African American rhetoric. Prerequisite: CMST 3010 and 3020 OR instructor permission. (3)


AADS 3175 (ENGL 3175) - Survey of African Literature

Introduction to African folklore, poetry, fiction, and drama. (3)

AADS 3280 (ENGL 3280) - Survey of African American Writers of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

A study of African American literary texts from the eighteenth century to the Harlem Renaissance, in their historical, cultural, and literary contexts (3)

AADS 3290 (ENGL 3290) - Survey of African American Writers of the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries

A study of major African American texts from the Harlem Renaissance to the contemporary period. (3)


AADS 2600 (HIST 2600) - Africa and the World

Survey of the history of Africa within a global perspective. Themes include early kingdoms in North Africa, the early influence of Christianity and Islam on African societies, Africa’s early contacts with Europeans and the eras of the Atlantic Slave trade, colonialism, nationalism, and contemporary Africa. Prerequisites: None. (3, EXP)

AADS 3050 (HIST 3050) - Gandhi and King: Nonviolent Philosophy of Conflict Resolution

This course examines the similarities and differences between Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. -- their leadership styles, personality traits, philosophical assumptions, the movements they led, and their tactics in particular campaigns. (3)

AADS 3350 (HIST 3350) - African American History I

Chronological and indepth study of specific issues affecting African Americans from their West African beginnings to Civil War. Major themes to be announced each semester. (3)

AADS 3360 (HIST 3360) - African American History II

Continuation of topical survey of main currents in African American life from the Civil War to the present. Major themes to be announced each semester. (3)

AADS 3385 (HIST 3385) - The Civil Rights Movement in the United States

Examines the major civil rights campaigns that took place throughout the U.S. from 1950 to1975. Focuses on strategies, objectives, successes and failures of civil rights leaders and organizations. Special emphasis on civil rights protests and movements in New Orleans and throughout Louisiana. Prerequisite: 3 credits of HIST. (3, EXP)

AADS 3390 (HIST 3390) - African American Women’s History

Examines the unique historical experiences of women of African descent in the United States from the colonial era to the present. Focuses on black women’s contributions to American society and the impact of race, class and gender issues on the experiences of African American women. Prerequisite: 3 credits of HIST. (3)

AADS 3610 (HIST 3610) - History of Popular Culture in Africa

This course examines the historical development of diverse forms of African popular culture – including music, dance, film, literature, and visual arts – and their connections with local and global processes of cultural production and consumption. The History of Popular Culture in Africa traces the development of popular culture genres in Africa from the late 19th century to the present. Prerequisite: 3 credits of HIST. (3, EXP)

AADS 3675 (HIST 3675) - The Black Atlantic World

Links together the histories of Africa, Europe, North America and South America by emphasizing the activities of Africans and men and women of the African Diaspora. Topics include: Slavery and the slave trade in Africa and the New World, African and Western religions, Revolutions in the West Indies and Africa, European and American imperialism, Neo-colonialism, and Music and Literature. (3, EXP)

AADS 3700 (HIST 3700) - Caribbean History and Roots

This course will address the history of culture in the Circum-Caribbean, including New Orleans. Specifically, it will focus on the processes of colonialism and creolization, understanding how the peoples of the region over time created and maintained cultural practices through food, music and festival that are at once unique and shared. (3, EXP)

AADS 3800 (HIST 3800) - Race in the Americas

This course looks at the formation of race as an historical construct in North and South America, as well as Mexico and the Caribbean. Central themes include European-Native American contact and colonialism; slavery and freedom; immigration and nationalism; racial mixture and sexuality; poverty, labor, and class struggles. Prerequisite: 3 credits of HIST. (3, EXP)


AADS 3022 (FREN 3022) - Afro Francophone Women Writers

The course studies novels by women from French-speaking African countries such as Cameroon, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Algeria, and Congo supplemented with films set in Burkina Faso and Mali that deal with women’s issues. Historical contexts, feminist movements, and women’s roles are considered in order to situate the literature. The class utilizes a book-club discussion format as well as student oral presentations, weekly essays, and a final paper. Prerequisites: FREN 2010-2020 or permission of instructor and department chairperson. (3)

AADS 4020 (SPAN 4020) - Afro Hispanic Studies

This course is a panoramic survey of Afro-Hispanic history and literature from early Peninsular and Latin American writings through their transformation and development into a corpus of literary works throughout Latin America. The course is open to all upper-level students who are interested in acquiring in-depth knowledge of the international African Diaspora presence in the Spanish-speaking areas of the New World. The language of instruction is English; students who have a high level of proficiency in Spanish will read the required texts in that language. (3,EXP)

AADS 4025 (FREN/SPAN 4025) - Afro Latin American Oral Traditions

A survey of oral traditions and how they reflect the social, cultural, and economic structures of the cultures from which they sprang. Through the identification of primary characters and a study of the changing roles that they play within the creative expressions of societies they represent, course participants will gain insights into the representation of social realities through the symbolic development of characters in folktales and their interactions. Taught in English. (3, EXP)

AADS 4030 (FREN/SPAN 4030) - Afro Latin American Culture and Civilization

Comprehensive interdisciplinary overview of academic and cultural information and experiences about Afro Latin-Americans, their history, culture, traditions, and contributions throughout Latin America, including Louisiana. Cultural excursions, guest lecturers, and independent research are integrated into the course’s curriculum. (3, EXP)


AADS 2130 (MUSH 2130) - Afro-American Music

Music of the African American, Part 1. (3)

AADS 2140 (MUSH 2140). Afro-American Music

Music of the African American, Part 2. (3)


AADS 2080 (PHIL 2080) - African American Philosophy

This course studies philosophical issues associated with the African American experience. This course will increase the student's knowledge of the nature of African American philosophy, the concepts of race and culture, the nature of racism and discrimination, and the justifiability of affirmative action. Prerequisite: Completion of any required developmental Reading course. (3, EXP)

Political Science

AADS 2440 (PSCI 2440) - Black Politics

Basic approaches to the study of Black politics. An examination of the nature of racism and the methods employed by Blacks to overcome oppression. Prerequisite(s): None (3, FaSu)

AADS 4050 (PSCI 4050) - African Politics and Government

This course provides a comprehensive examination of the role of political leadership on the development of independent Black Africa with special emphasis on the influence of major personalities, the problems of African politics, nationalities, military politics, liberation movements, African ideologies, and economic integration and regional cooperation. Prerequisite(s): None (3)


AADS 3041 (PSYC 3041) - Black Psychology

This course is designed to generate critical and analytic thinking about each student's identity as a member of American society and as a member of the "global village." The course is reading/ writing intensive as it investigates "the Black Experience." As the course progresses, the student is expected to be more facile in his/her ability to influence and change our psycho-sociocultural environment in positive and meaningful ways. (3)


AADS 2060 (SOCI 2060) - Race and Ethnic Relations

This course is concerned with examining issues, problems, and research findings on race, ethnic, and minority group relations. Emphasis is on U.S. Black-White relations, American ethnic groups, religious conflict, and racial and ethnic group contacts in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Prerequisite: Any 1000 level sociology course. (3, EXP)

AADS 3025 (SOCI 3025) - African American Urban Life

This interdisciplinary course examines African Americans as agents in shaping the 20th century urban experience in the United States. The central focus of the course will be the development of cultural, social, religious, economic, educational and political institutions. Examples will be drawn from among communities such as Harlem, NY, the Central Avenue district of Los Angeles, Chicago’s south side, and the Auburn Avenue district of Atlanta as well as others. Prerequisite: AADS 2000. (3)

AADS 4055 (SOCI 4055) - Black Family

This course is a study of the Black family in the U.S. It compares and contrasts differences and similarities among Black families, especially taking into account class and family formation. This course also addresses the treatment of the Black family in academic and governmental literature. Prerequisites: Any 1000 level sociology course, and junior or senior standing, or instructor’s permission. (3)

For Program Information

Brian L. Turner, Ph.D.