African and African American Studies

African and African American Studies
https://caaas.rice.edu/

Anthony B. Pinn
Director, Center for African and African American Studies
pinn@rice.edu

The critical scholarly inquiry, mentored research, outward-facing programming, communication skills, global perspective, and commitment to justice long associated with African and African American Studies both draws on and enriches (often through deeply engaged criticism) the best of the liberal arts tradition. The African and African American Studies minor is an interdisciplinary course of study drawing on disciplines from the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The minor allows students to focus on issues of concern in this area of study across the university, including (but not limited to) histories of race and slavery, studies of African and African American culture, religion, philosophy, and race and racialization. Race as a general social-cultural category informs and influences the dynamics of our social world. From national politics and foreign policy, to economic developments, to community sustainability and environmental issues, to cultural clashes and claims and more, race and its implications are evident. As a result, formal attention to studying race and racilaization holds great value regardless of one's chosen profession. That is to say, understanding the history and various dynamics of race/racialization as well as how it operates in the present enhances a Rice education, and helps to prepare students for life across a broad range of fields and forms of employment.

Director

Anthony B. Pinn

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Daniel Domingues Da Silva

Director of Graduate Studies

Anthony B. Pinn

Professors

Elias K. Bongmba
Jenifer L. Bratter
Tony N. Brown
Jeffrey B. Fleisher
W. Caleb McDaniel
Anthony B. Pinn
James Sidbury

Associate Professors

Alexander X. Byrd
Jacqueline Couti
Daniel Domingues Da Silva
Amy E. Dunham
Nicole Waligora-Davis
Kerry R. Ward
Fay Yarbrough

Assistant Professor

Matthew Hayes

Lecturer

Chase LeSane-Brown

Scholar in Residence

Bryan Washington


 

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To view the list of official course offerings, please see Rice’s Course Catalog
To view the most recent semester’s course schedule, please see Rice's Course Schedule

African and African American Studies (AAAS)

AAAS 200 - KNOWING BLACKNESS: INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES

Short Title: INTRO TO AAAS

Department: African & African Amer Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: An exploration of the origins and development of African Studies and African American Studies. Through a focus on the articulation and resolution of field-changing debates, the course introduces students to methodologies and practices that have led to and that continue to lead to knowing Africa and African-descendent people with earnest regard for the complexity and subtlety that the subjects require.

AAAS 510 - INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES

Short Title: INTRO TO DIASPORIC STUDIES

Department: African & African Amer Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: This is the core course for the Certificate in African and African American Studies. It will provide an introduction to cross- and multi-disciplinary approaches to the histories, cultures and experiences of African and African Diasporic people, while also introducing students to the work of Rice faculty working in the field.

AAAS 600 - AFRICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES COLLOQUIUM

Short Title: AF & AFAM STUDIES COLLOQUIUM

Department: African & African Amer Studies

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Research

Credit Hours: 0

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Through readings and discussions the colloquium highlights key issues related to African and African American studies for graduate students preparing to conduct research in the field.

Description and Code Legend

Note: Internally, the university uses the following descriptions, codes, and abbreviations for this academic program. The following is a quick reference:  

Course Catalog/Schedule

  • Course offerings/subject codes: Courses from various subjects may apply towards this program

Program Description and Code

  •  African and African American Studies: AAAS

Undergraduate Minor Description and Code

  • Minor in African and African American Studies: AAAS 

Graduate Certificate Description and Code 

  • Certificate in African and African American Studies: AAS

CIP Code and Description1

  • AAAS Minor: CIP Code/Title: 05.0101 - African Studies

  • AAS Certificate: CIP Code/Title: 05.0101 - African Studies