AAST 125: African American Religious Traditions

women dressed in black raises her hand in church

African American religious traditions make up a wide range of beliefs and practices by persons of African descent. This course is an introductory course in religious history designed to trace the African American religious experience from the trans-Atlantic slave trade up to the present. We will study practices of voodoo and hoodoo, Islam and Christianity, and humanism among African Americans. This course pays particular attention to African American forms of ritual, music, literature, and creative expression.