2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin

MUS 310 Comparative History of African American Musics

3 hours 

This course will explore how the musical histories of four important areas of the African diaspora in the Americas (Cuba, the United States, Brazil, and Haiti) have been shaped by the intersections of history, economics, race, gender, and the legacy of slavery from the 15th century to the present. The course will use an ethno-musicological approach to sound and video recordings and examine how African-American musics reflect important historical and social forces in the Americas, and how these musics connect to Africa and conceptions of Africa in the Americas.




ENG 201, and any general education History course (HIS 231 or HIS 232 or HIS 203 or HIS 204 or HIS 205), and any 100-level music course, or permission of the instructor