Fall 2021 Course Schedule

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BLST 100 Introduction to Black Studies. 3 hours. Instructor: Jane Rhodes  Lectures – Monday/Wednesday 10-10:50am D004 Lecture Center Building D Discussion Sections – Friday 9am, 10am, 11am, 12noon 315 Stevenson Hall

The Black experience, focusing on African and African American culture, the slave trade, slavery and emancipation in the Americas, 20th and 21st century social relations, and struggles for civil rights. General Education: Understanding the Individual and Society course; Understanding U.S. Society course.

This is a required course for BLST major/minor fulfillment.


BLST 110 Introduction to African-American Literature 1760-1910. 3 hours. (Same as ENGL 118) Instructor: Ainsworth Clarke Tuesday/Thursday 2:00-3:15pm 205 Lincoln Hall

Comprehensive survey, 1760-1910, from earliest folk roots to formal literary tradition. General Education: Understanding the Creative Arts course; Understanding U.S. Society course.


BLST 206 Black Studies and the Production of Knowledge. 3 hours. Instructor: Tyrone Forman Hybrid  Tuesday 3:30-6pm 165 BSB (further details will be provided by the instructor)

Students will explore the history and implications of research in a wide range of fields and gain an introduction to anti-racist, de-colonial, and feminist approaches to knowledge production.

This is a required course for BLST major and fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.


BLST 221 The Atlantic Slave Trade. 3 hours. (Same as HIST 221) Instructor: Kirk Hoppe. Online lecture & discussions on Friday 1:00pm, 2:00pm

Thematic social, cultural and economic history tracing rise and fall of Atlantic slave trade from African supply systems to New world consumption 1550-1880 with focus on slave experiences.


BLST 225 Racial and Ethnic Groups 3 hours. (Same as SOC 225 and LALS 225) Instructor: Macias Synchronous online Tuesday and Thursday 2:00pm-3:15pm 241 ARC

Sociological and social-psychological analysis of racial, religious, and other ethnic groups; consideration of historical and current social problems arising from their relationships in society. General Education: Individual and Society course, and US Society course


BLST 229 Black Diaspora Studies. 3 hours. (Same as HIST 229) Instructor: Lynette Jackson Monday/Wednesday 9:30am-10:45am 308 Taft Hall

Interdisciplinary, in-depth study of the making of the African Diaspora–the forced and voluntary movement of African peoples around the globe.


BLST 246 Black Lives in Historical Context. 3 hours. (Same as HIST 243) Instructor: Johari Jabir Tuesday/Thursday 9:30am-10:45am A002 Lecture Center Building A

Interdisciplinary survey of key episodes in black history and their relationship to contemporary black life such as slavery, abolition and resistance. The course will draw connections between historical and current aspects of black life. General Education: Understanding the Past course; Understanding U.S. Society course.

This is a required course for BLST major/minor fulfillment.


BLST 247 African American History to 1877. 3 hours. (Same as HIST 247) Instructor: Julius Jones Tuesday/Thursday 11:00am-12:15pm 208 Taft Hall

Survey of major social, economic, political, and cultural developments in African American history from the rise of the Atlantic Slave Trade to Reconstruction. General Education: Understanding the Past course, and US Society course.


BLST 249 Black Freedom Movements. 3 hours. Instructor: Jane Rhodes MW 3:00pm-4:15pm 239 ARC

A survey of Black resistance and social change movements from the 1900’s through the 1970’s; the political ideologies and practices of various leaders and organizations that have had an impact on Black American politics. General Education: Understanding the Past course; Understanding U.S. Society course.


BLST 262 Black Cultural Studies. 3 hours. (Same as ENGL 262) Instructor: Johari Jabir Tuesday/Thursday 12:30pm-1:45pm 205 Lincoln Hall

Study of approaches, methods, and key debates in the study of black culture in a transnational and diasporic context. General Education: Understanding the Creative Arts course; Understanding U.S. Society course.


BLST 264 African American Art. 3 hours. (Same as AH 264) Instructor: Jones Online

Interdisciplinary survey of the artistic production of African American artists from the nineteenth century to the present. General Education: Creative Arts course and World Cultures course.


BLST 294 The Politics of Blackness in Latin America. 3 hours. (Same as LALS 291) Instructor: Jaira Harrington Synchronous online Tuesday/Thursday 3:30pm-4:45pm

Examines race, culture, and politics in Latin America from historical and contemporary perspectives. Country cases include the island of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico and Brazil.


BLST 306 Black Politics in the U.S. 3 hours. (Same as POLS 311) Instructor: Cedric Johnson Monday/Wednesday 8:00am-9:15am 204 Taft Hall

Historical analysis of Black electoral politics in the U.S., including traditional political party participation and movement politics.


BLST 398 Independent Study 1-3 hours.


BLST 406 Black Feminist Biography. 3 or 4 hours. (Same as GWS 406) Instructor: Lynette Jackson Monday/Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm 107 Lincoln Hall


BLST 503 Black Lives and Carceral Power. 4 hours. Instructor: Cedric Johnson Wednesday 10:00am-1:00pm 1171 BSB


BLST 596 Independent Study 1-4 hours.