Spring 2012

Great Thinkers of the African American Intellectual Tradition

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-431


Jeffrey B. Ferguson [d] (Section 01)


This seminar provides students an opportunity to study closely the works of a single great African American intellectual, such as Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, or Toni Morrison.  The specific topic for the course will be announced and available from the Black Studies Academic Department Coordinator four months in advance each time it is taught.  In 2011-12 we will study works by James Baldwin.  Readings will include major and minor works of the author, secondary sources such as biographies and literary criticism, and archival resources when available at a local or regional library.  Classes will place a strong emphasis on in-depth discussion of individual works and class participation will constitute a substantial proportion of the final grade.  Students will also be required to develop their own research project that will serve as the basis for a 20-25-page term paper, due at the end of the semester.  Students will also be asked at the discretion of the instructor to report to the class from time to time regarding the progress of their research project.

Not open to first-year students.  Open to sophomores with the consent of the instructor.  Recommended requisite:  BLST 300.  Limited to 20 students.  Spring semester. Professor Ferguson.

If Overenrolled: I will give priority to junior and senior Black Studies majors who have taken BS 300, next priority to Black Studies majors, next priority to juniors and seniors who have taken one or more Black Studies classes focusing on African Americans.


2018-19: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2012