HIST 2410 Syllabus
Africana Studies offered by Central Missouri State University  
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  HIST 2410 - Introduction of Africana Studies

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Mr. Albion Mends
Office Hours: Wood 136B
M-W 1:00-3:00pm or by appointment
543-4877 or 429-1235
Email: mends@cmsu1.cmsu.edu or albion1215@hotmail.com

Dr. Bryan Carter - phone 543-8661
Mrs. M. Jenise Comer - phone 543-8767
Dr. Delia Gillis - phone 543-8726
Dr. Yvonne Johnson - phone 543-8680
Dr. C. Dianne Mack - phone 543-4160
Dr. Greg Streich - phone 543-8840
Dr. Henry Wambuii - phone 543-8854


This course examines the rise of African world civilizations, with emphasis on the development of complex empires, the rise and fall of African empires, and the influence, transmigration and retention of African arts, religions, music, family structure and cultures in the Western Hemisphere.


Hine, Darlene Clark . The African American Odyssey, Research Media Update Edition, Prentice Hall Publishers 2005

Students are expected to the access online website for their textbook at http://wps.prenhall.com/hss_hine_aaodyssey_2 . S tudent resources include maps, primary sources, thematic timelines, Internet exercises, quizzes , glossaries, web links, as well as research and writing guidelines. Pop quizzes will be administered if students are not reading the assigned material.

 Achebe, Chinua . Anthills of the Savannah , Anchor: Reissue edition 1997

Alkalimat, Abdul and Associates. Introduction to Afro-American Studies: A People's College Primer. Chicago : Twenty-first Century Books and Publications, 1986 . E-Book version can be found at http://eblackstudies.org/intro

Hayes, Floyd W., Ed. A Turbulent Voyage: Readings in African American Studies. San Diego , California : Collegiate Press, 2000.

Each instructor may also place assigned readings on reserve at the Circulation Desk in the J.C. Kirkpatrick Library, or will make readings available online.

1. Read assigned texts. Read assignments before coming to class.

2. Attend class and participate in class discussions.

3. Pass four exams.

4. Submit two activity papers (1-2 pages each).

5. Complete and pass take-home final exam.

1. Describe orally or in writing the rise and development of African world civilizations.

2. Make comparisons; be prepared to compare and contrast various African cultures and empires as well as their contributions to human development.

3. Use critical thinking skills by analyzing and discussing selected readings and texts and analyze, interpret and draw conclusions from charts, graphs and maps.

4. Identify and discuss key people, groups, cultural movements and events in African and Western Hemispheric History.

5. Compare and contrast arts and cultures and cultural retentions in Africa, the Caribbean and North America.

We will use lectures, open discussions, student presentations and audiovisual materials such as maps, videos, and transparencies. Most classes will meet in Wood 103, although there will be alternative sites as indicated by instructors.


1. There will be four exams for this course that will comprise 80% of the final course grade.

2. Two outside activity papers & presentations (2-3-pages each) will comprise 20% of the final course grade.

3. The Take-Home Final Exam will be one of the course’s four exams and will therefore comprise 20% of the final course grade.
Students will choose two questions – one from each Area of Concentration. Using class notes and course readings, write a two page essay on each question.

Grades will be assigned on the following basis:
90 - 100 = A
80 - 89 = B
70 - 79 = C
60 - 69 = D
0- 59 = F

4. STUDENT ACTIVITY PAPERS: Students will participate in 2 activities from the attached list (one activity from each sub-discipline) and write two 2-3-page papers following guidelines from the activity list. One of the activities should be web-based. Hand in two copies of your papers. One will be returned to you. The other will be kept in the Africana Studies files. For EACH day that the paper is late, including Saturdays and Sundays, one letter grade will be deducted. A letter and a number grade will be assigned the paper.

Students are expected to be familiar with the conditions (stated in the Student Calendar/Handbook) which constitute an offense against academic honesty to avoid breeches of these standards. Such offenses include cheating, plagiarism, or violations of professional ethics.

Attendance is required and roll will be taken each class period. Each class comprises 50 minutes. Students who miss more than four classes are required to present documentation for the absence. Students who have more than 4 undocumented absences will have their final grade lowered one letter. (i.e. from an A to a B).

Central Missouri State University is in compliance with Accessibility/ADA standards. Please contact instructor for Accessibility needs.

The printable version contains the class schedule. Please use the link at the top of the page to print out the sylllabus.

Choose an activity from BOTH Area A and Area B. Complete two activities, then write and submit a 2-3 page paper to the appropriate instructor. Ideas include the following but are not limited to the following lists. If you have other proposals for your activity paper, please contact the appropriate instructor for permission.

1. Each paper must be a minimum of 2 pages (approximately 750 words) and must be typed in 12 font.

2. Include an introduction and discuss why this activity or event was selected.

3. Identify three specific items or areas of learning in each paper.

4. Discuss any implications for your major or professional practice.

5. Apply content from the course to your experience.

6. Write a conclusion/summary at the end of the paper

7. Properly cite any external resources you use, including websites, interviews etc. You may use APA, MLA, or Chicago Manual of Style (Turabian) guidelines, depending on your major.

AREA A – Literary, Geographical, Political and Historical Development
1. Visit the 18th and Vine District in Kansas City, the GEM Theatre, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and/or the Blues and Jazz Museum. You may wish to visit the Art Exhibit on the Negro Baseball Leagues.

2. Visit the African Art Collection on the third floor of the Nelson-Atkins Museum.

3. Attend Smokey Joe's Café on Tuesday, February 15 th @ 7:30pm in Hendricks Hall.

4. Visit an area Jazz and Blues Event.

5. Volunteer to aid in an African American’s Political Campaign – or in the campaign of a candidate who has a pro-Civil Rights platform.

6. Shadow an African American legislative representative in Jefferson City.

7. Attend a poetry reading at the Blue Room (held weekly at 18th & Vine, KC).

8. View a movie related to the African or African Diaspora experience. Selections should be clear by the appropriate instructor.

9. Access an online journal of African Events and Issues. Then write about a specific issue or event. (Example: www.bwt.com or www.africana.com).

Attend a conference, lecture, speaking event or concert relating to Africana Studies

AREA B – Gender, Culture and Social Issues:

1. Volunteer in a domestic violence shelter or food pantry in an African American community
2. Visit an African American church (different denomination from one’s own).

3. Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity (or the Front Porch Campaign in KC).

4. Attend a Kansas City Task Force Meeting on either the CMSU campus or in Kansas City.

5. Access the website at the Center for Black Music Research. (www.cbmr.org).

6. Attend a conference relating to Africana Studies.

7. Participate in the Africana Studies Club Activies.