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AFPRL 100 Introduction to Black Politics
3 hr., 3 cr.; GER/2/B; PD/B. Offered day/fall. General survey of politics of African world with major emphasis on politics in Black America.

AFPRL 101 Introduction to Africana Studies
GER 2/B PD/A or B
Introduction to the history and culture of Africa and the African diaspora.

AFPRL 102 Latino Communities in the United States
3 hr., 3 cr.; GER/2/B; PD/B. Migration, ethnicity, community life, and public policy issues of Latino groups compared; an introduction to the field of Puerto Rican experience.

AFPRL 103 Conquest and Resistance: Puerto Rican Experiences in Comparative Perspective
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER/2/B; PD/B. Introductory study of the Puerto Rican experience compared with experiences of Native and African Americans, Chicanos, and Pacific Island peoples in the territorial expansion of the United States.

AFPRL 141 Puerto Rican Folklore
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER/2/C, PD/A or B. Study of Puerto Rican folklore: traditional beliefs, legends, religious rites, and typical music.

AFPRL 143 The Image of Puerto Rican National Identity in Its Literature
3 hrs, 3 cr. Prereq.: ENGL 120 and reading knowledge of Spanish; PD/A. Offered fall only. Analysis of literary works of Puerto Rican authors and their images of Puerto Rican society.

AFPRL 181 Language and Ethnic Identity
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER 2/C Role of language in perception of self and world.

AFPRL 182 Culture and Ethnic Identity
3 hrs, 3 cr. GER 2/C. Social structure and world view as aspects of culture.

AFPRL 201 African History from Human Origins to 1600 CE
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER/2/B; PD/A. African history from ancient times with emphasis on endogenous African development of civilizations and complex economic, technological and cultural systems over time.

AFPRL 202 African History Since 1600 CE
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER/2/B; PD/A. Main currents in African history from 1600 CE to present.

AFPRL 203 African-American History I
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER/2/B; PD/B. Survey of historical experiences of African people in U.S. from the African heritage to end of the Civil War.

AFPRL 204 African-American History II
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/2/B, PD/B. Survey of historical experiences of African people in the U.S. from Reconstruction era to the present.

AFPRL 205 African-American Politics of Social Change
3 hrs, 3 cr.; PD/B. The Civil Rights Movement and social change in the U.S. since 1954.

AFPRL 206 African Political and Social Change
3 hrs, 3 cr; PD/A. Introductory study of political and social change in Africa during the second half of the 20th century.

AFPRL 207 African-Caribbean Politics I
3 hrs, 3 cr.; PD/A. Examines political economy of slavery and colonialism, and responses of Caribbean people from 1492 to political independence.

AFPRL 208 African-Caribbean Politics II
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Prerequisite: AFPRL 207; PD/A. Begins with attainment of political independence by major Caribbean countries; focuses on nation-building.

AFPRL 209 Introduction to Caribbean History to 1900
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Prerequisite: ENGL 120; GER/2/B; PD/A. Introduction to the major themes in Caribbean history to 1900.

AFPRL 210 Introduction to Caribbean History: 1900 - Present
3 hrs, 3 cr. Prerequisite: ENGL 120; PD/A; GER/2/B. Introduction to the major themes in Caribbean history after 1900.

AFPRL 211 Black Economic History
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Survey of economic behavior of Black Americans since 1619, with African background.

AFPRL 220 African Spirituality in the Diaspora
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER/2/C; PD/A or B. The nature and expressions of the spiritual ethos enabling the survival of classical African human values in dehumanizing circumstances during and after enslavement in North America, South America and the Caribbean.

AFPRL 222 African Civilization
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER/2/C; PD/A. Introduction to the study of African civilization.

AFPRL 235 (W) African Literature
3 hrs, 3 cr., Prerequisite: ENGL 120; GER/2/A; PD/A. Introduction to contemporary African literature originally written in English. The course is conducted in English; all course requirements are in English.

AFPRL 236 (W) African-American Literature
3 hrs, 3 cr. Prerequisite: ENGL 120; GER/2/A, PD/B. Introduction to African-American writing, from earliest expressions to present.

AFPRL 237 (W) African-Caribbean Literature
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Prerequisite: ENGL 120; GER/2/A; PD/A or B. Introduction to the historical development and major artistic preoccupations of Caribbean literature. The course is conducted in English; all course requirements are in English.

AFPRL 238 (W) Introduction to the Literature of the African Diaspora
GER 2/A PD/A or B
Introduction to a cross-section of texts that contribute to the creation and development of an African Diaspora literary tradition.

AFPRL 241 Puerto Rican History to 1897
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER/2/B; PD/A. An examination of Taino society, Spanish colonialism, slave economy, and the development of nationhood in the 19th century.

AFPRL 242 Puerto Rican History Since 1898
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER/2/B; PD/A. Socio-historical, political, and economic analysis of Puerto Rico dating from the U.S. invasion to the present.

AFPRL 243 Puerto Rican Culture
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER/2/C; PD/A or B. General study of Puerto Rican culture and ethnic mixtures that went into making of that culture.

AFPRL 244 Puerto Ricans in the United States
3 hrs, 3 c.r; GER/2/B; PD/B. Survey of the origins, contemporary and future development of Puerto Ricans in the United States.

AFPRL 245 Puerto Rican Literature I
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or equiv. or perm instr; PD/A. Analysis of the emergence and development of the various literary genres which surfaced during the 19th century in the literature of Puerto Rico. Discussion and analysis of major 19th century Puerto Rican authors (Hostos, Tapia and Zeno Gandia).

AFPRL 246 Puerto Rican Literature II
3 hrs, 3cr.; Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or equiv. or perm instr; PD/A. Discussion and analysis of the literary and cultural evolution of Puerto Rico viewed through the works of key 20th century authors. Literary production from the 1960s onward is emphasized.

AFPRL 247 Puerto Ricans in the U.S. as a Literary Theme
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Prerequisite: ENGL 120 and reading knowledge of Spanish. Analysis of literary texts dealing with Puerto Rican communities in U.S. and their migration experiences.

AFPRL 248 Caribbean Spanish
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Linguistic analysis of Spanish as spoken in Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Cuban communities.

AFPRL 255 Puerto Rican/Latino Children in North American Schools
3 hrs, 3 cr.; PD/B. Survey of educational system viewed as an acculturating institution.

AFPRL 270 Economic History of Puerto Ricans
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Prerequisite: AFPRL 242 or 244. Stages of change in economic structures and labor conditions among Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico and the U.S.

AFPRL 276 The Puerto Rican Family
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Investigation of structure and function of Puerto Rican family as integrating unit on island and mainland.

AFPRL 281 Fieldwork in African-American/Latino Communities
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Fieldwork involvement and sociopolitical analysis of a community organization in the Black and/or Puerto Rican/Latino community.

AFPRL 290 Selected Topics in Africana and Puerto Rican Studies
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Topics change according to instructor.

AFPRL 304 (W) Leaders and Movements of Black Urban Communities
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Prerequisite: AFPRL 203, 204, 205; GER 3/B PD/B. Personalities and movements that have influenced Black communities of U.S.; focuses mainly on 20th century.

AFPRL 306 (W) Modern African International Relations
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Prerequisite: AFPRL 206 or perm dept; GER 3/B PD/A. Factors affecting relations among African states and between African and non-African states within international system.

AFPRL 307 (W) Contemporary African Politics
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER 3/B Study of post-independence, nationalism, political systems, regional and inter-nation cooperation of African nations.

AFPRL 308 (W) Contemporary International Relations of the African-Caribbean
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER 3/B Examination of use of foreign policy for economic development in Caribbean and as instrument of transformation.

AFPRL 309 (W) African-Americans and Africa
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Prerequisite: AFPRL 203, 204; GER 3/B PD/A or B. Major evidence of Black American involvement and interest in Africa from 1775 to present.

AFPRL 310 (W) Modern Nigeria
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER 3/B; Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Detailed study of the historical development of modern Nigeria from the late 19th century to the present.

AFPRL 313 Slavery (W)
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Prerequisite: AFPRL 203 or 209 or permission of the instructor; GER 3/B PD/A or B. History of slavery from Africa to the Americas.

AFPRL 314 (W) Blacks in Labor and Politics
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER 3/B; Prerequisite: AFPRL 204 or 205, or permission of the instructor. Black labor from emancipation to present. Emphasis on period between New Deal and present.

AFPRL 318 (W) Women in Africa
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER 3/B PD/C Prerequisite: AFPRL 202 or 222 or permission of the instructor; Examination of African womanhood in traditional settings during colonialism and neo-colonialism, independence, and revolution.

AFPRL 319 (W) Women in the African Diaspora
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Prerequisite: AFPRL 203, 204, 209 or 210 or perm instr; GER 3/B PD/B or C. The cultural-historical role of women of African descent in North America and the Caribbean in relation to the family, to political resistance, and in sustaining African culture and values.

AFPRL 320 (W) African-Caribbean Culture
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Prerequisite: AFPRL 209 or 210, or 222; GER 3/A PD/A or B. Anthropological study of culture of Caribbean peoples of African descent: African roots, slavery, and contemporary life styles.

AFPRL 321 (W) Caribbean Migration and New York City
GER 3/B PD/A or B
An historical examination of the lives of Caribbean immigrants in New York City from the causes for emigration to the development of an ethnic community in the City.

AFPRL 322 (W) African World View: Philosophy and Symbolic Thought
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Prerequisite: AFPRL 222 or perm instr; GER 3/A PD/A. Offered every other semester. Examination of African religious systems, metaphysical conceptions, and philosophy.

AFPRL 323 (W) Islam and Christianity in Africa
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Prerequisite: AFPRL 201 or 202 or 222 or permission of the instructor. Examination of relationship of Islam and Christianity to primary African religion and their political role in African history.

AFPRL 324 (W) African-American Ethnohistory
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Prerequisite: AFPRL 220 or permission of the instructor. Ethnohistorical survey of development of Black culture in the diaspora; reinterpretation of African forms in Western European environment.

AFPRL 330 (W) Autobiography as a Theme in Black Literature
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER 3/A Prerequisite: ENGL 120. Treatment of autobiographical works of Black authors in U.S., Caribbean, and Africa during 19th and 20th centuries.

AFPRL 336 (W) African-American Women Writers
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Prerequisite: AFPRL 236 or permission of the instructor. African-American female authors from slavery to present: novels, short stories, essays, plays, poetry, teenage fiction, and children’s books.

AFPRL 337 (W) Caribbean Women Writers
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER 3/A Prerequisite: AFPRL 236 or 237 or ENGL 220 or WOMST 100. A study of some of the major preoccupations of Caribbean fiction, such as history, migration/travel, creolization, memory, and language, from the perspectives of selected women writers, paying close attention to the historical, intellectual, and cultural contexts that stimulated the production of these works.

AFPRL 342 (W) Political Nationalism in Puerto Rico
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER 3/B PD/A. Nationalist ideology in Puerto Rico: its impact on contemporary political movements and economy.

AFPRL 351 (W) Major Puerto Rican Figures
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Prerequisite: AFPRL 143 or 242 or 243; GER 3/B PD/A or B. Theorists, poets, and statesmen in formation of Puerto Rican nationality.

AFPRL 352 (W) Power Structure in Puerto Rico
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Prerequisite. 243 or 270 GER 3/B; Social analysis of class divisions, role of the economy, and the United States presence in Puerto Rico.

AFPRL 355 (W) The African Image in 19th and 20th Century Spanish Antillean Poetry
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Prerequisite: AFPRL 143 or SPAN 208, reading knowledge of Spanish; GER 3/A PD/A. The portrayal of the African image in Spanish Antillean poetry seen through the work and poetic trends of its major exponents.

AFPRL 356 (W) Latino Literature in English
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Prerequisite: ENGL 120; GER 3/A PD/B. Latino writing in English in the U.S.; analysis of cultural, linguistic, and ideological factors found in the work of such authors as Sandra Cisneros (Chicana), Pedro Pietri (Puerto Rican), and Oscar Hijuelos (Cuban-American).

AFPRL 360 (W) Politics in Puerto Rico
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Prerequisite: AFPRL 242 OR 342 or perm instr. GER 3/B Analysis of the political status issue, development of political parties, national leadership, and participation.

AFPRL 362 (W) Puerto Rican and Caribbean Religious Practices
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Prereq: AFPRL 141 or 243; GER 3/A PD/A or B. Reading knowledge of Spanish suggested. Analysis of roots of folk religion in Indian, African, and Spanish cultures. Religious syncretism, popular imagery, and ritual practices.

AFPRL 370 (W) Sociolinguistic Fieldwork in Black and Puerto Rican/ Latino Communities
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER 3/B Prerequisite: AFPRL 181 or ANTHC 151. Sociolinguistic theory applied to linguistic varieties spoken in African-American, African-Caribbean, Puerto Rican, and other Latino communities.

AFPRL 384 (W) Poverty in Society
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER 3/B; Prerequisite: 2 AFPRL courses completed. Causes and effects of deprivation, with emphasis on policy and program approaches for African Americans and Puerto Ricans/Latinos.

AFPRL 387 (W) Puerto Rican/Latino Politics in the United States
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Prerequisite: AFPRL 102 or 242 or 244 or perm. Instr. GER 3/B PD/B. An analysis of the political participation and leadership of Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in the United States.

AFPRL 390 (W) Research Topics in Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER 3/B Open to Jr/Sr only. Topics change according to instructor.

AFPRL 401 Pan-Africanism
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER 3/B Prerequisite: AFPRL 202, 204, or 206. Not open to freshmen. Seminar traces development of Pan-Africanism through the 20th century.

AFPRL 402 African-American Political Thought
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER 3/B Prerequisite: AFPRL 203, 204, or 205. Comparative theorists, methods and ideological currents.

AFPRL 403 Development Strategies in the African-Caribbean
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER 3/B; Prereq: AFPRL 207, 208, 209, 210 or permission of the instructor. Analysis of developmental strategies used by Caribbean nations after independence.

AFPRL 420 The Black Church and Social Change
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER 3/B Prereq: AFPRL 203 or 204 or 205 or permission of the instructor. In-depth study of the sociopolitical role of Black church in political struggle of Black people with special emphasis on America.

AFPRL 428 Selected Topics in Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies: Social Science
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER 3/B Prerequisite: Dept. permission. Topics change according to instructor.

AFPRL 442 History of Puerto Rican Labor Movements
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER 3/B; AFPRL 242 or 270 Historical development of Puerto Rican working class, its movements and organizations from 19th century to present.

AFPRL 445 Caribbean Short Story in Spanish: Readings and Theories
3 hrs, 3 cr.; GER 3/A Pre or co-requisite: SPAN 208. A critical study of the short story genre in the Hispanic Caribbean viewed in conjunction with contemporary literary theory.

AFPRL 499 Honors
3 hrs, 3 cr.; Prerequisite: Dept. permission; upper Jr/Sr with 3.3 cumulative GPA, 3.5 major GPA. Individual research and honors essay under direction of a department member.

 

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