LSUA Offering Coursework in African American Literature Studies

Jun 22, 2020, 11:15 AM
Enrolling now for Fall
 The Online English program at LSU Alexandria is offering a 7-week online course in African American Literature in the Fall 1 semester of 2020. Students in town and nationwide can meet safely online to discuss great literature directly relevant to current events. 

ENGL 4674, Major African American Writers, will sample chapters from landmark books by Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. DuBois, Booker T. Washington, Langston Hughes, and Malcolm X, as well as short stories by Toni Cade Bambara. Final weeks will explore recent work by Ta-Nehisi Coates, this year’s Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry, Shreveport native Jericho Brown, and Colson Whitehead, one of only four double Pulitzer recipients for fiction.  

“This course can shed light on social policy changes influenced by Black writers." says Arts, English, and Humanities Chair, Dr. Holly Wilson. “Minority oppression, protests, and soul searching have happened before, and great writers have dealt with it in ways that can help us understand similar events in 2020.”   

Book costs will be very low since most of the selections are in the public domain. The course starts August 24, 2020 and is open to everyone. LSUA students can register for the course now, or call 888-473-6417 or visit to apply.