Courses

Introduction to African American Literature

CAS AA 103 (4 credits)

An introduction to the political, cultural, and historical roots of the African American experience through readings of a range of African American literature from Colonial to Contemporary. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Also offered as CAS EN 129.

2014FALLCASAA103 A1, Sep 2nd to Dec 9th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:30 am 11:00 am AAS 101

Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

CAS AA 207 (4 credits)

Social definition of race and ethnicity. The adjustment of different ethnic groups and their impact upon U.S. social life. How prejudice and discrimination create class identities and how caste relations have affected patterns of integration during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. Also offered as CAS SO 207.

2014FALLCASAA207 A1, Sep 2nd to Dec 9th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:30 am 11:00 am CAS 326
2015SPRGCASAA207 A1, Jan 20th to Apr 30th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 12:30 pm 2:00 pm CAS 221

Introduction to African American Women Writers

CAS AA 304 (4 credits)

Examines the African American female literary tradition through selected texts by African American women, written from slavery to the present. Critical scholarship that interrogates race, gender, and class and examines literary history provides the larger context for discussion of these works. Also offered as CAS EN 370.

2014FALLCASAA304 A1, Sep 2nd to Dec 9th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 12:30 pm 2:00 pm AAS 101

Toni Morrison's American Times

CAS AA 305 (4 credits)

Examines four of the Nobel Laureate's novels, using primary and secondary materials to construct historical contexts and critical perspectives. Also offered as CAS EN 370.

2015SPRGCASAA305 A1, Jan 20th to Apr 30th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 12:30 pm 2:00 pm AAS 101

Experiencing Cuba: History, Culture, and Politics

CAS AA 306 (1 credits)

Expeditionary course, team taught by BU and local faculty in Havana, Cuba. Firsthand study of the island's history, culture, and politics, toward understanding of the local, international, and transnational processes that shaped and continue to shape this unique society. Also offered as CAS HI 395 E and CAS IR 246 E.

History of the Civil Rights Movement

CAS AA 310 (4 credits)

History of the African American struggle for racial equality and democracy from the turn of the century through the 1960s. Use is made of the most recent scholarship, memoirs, documentary films, and oral history accounts. Also offered as CAS HI 378.

African Diaspora Arts in the Americas

CAS AA 316 (4 credits)

Study of the transmission of African artistry in the Caribbean, South America, and the United States from the period of slavery to the present. Topics include Kongo and Yoruba arts and their influence on the arts of Santería, Vodun, and carnival. Also offered as CAS AH 316.

Race and the Development of the American Economy: A Global Perspective

CAS AA 363 (4 credits)

Surveys the economic history of African Americans within the context of the development of the American and global economies. Topics include the economics of slavery; race and industrialization; the Great Migration; anti-discrimination legislation; and the historical origins of contemporary racial inequalities. Also offered as CAS EC 363.

African American History

CAS AA 371 (4 credits)

The history of African Americans from African origins to present time; consideration of slavery, reconstruction, and ethnic relations from the colonial era to our own time. Also offered as CAS HI 298.

2014FALLCASAA371 A1, Sep 3rd to Dec 10th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 10:00 am 11:00 am CAS 227

History of Religion in Pre-Colonial Africa

CAS AA 382 (4 credits)

The study of the development of religious traditions in Africa during the period prior to European colonialism. An emphasis on both indigenous religions and the growth and spread of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the continent as a whole. Also offered as CAS HI 349 and CAS RN 382.

2015SPRGCASAA382 A1, Jan 20th to Apr 30th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 2:00 pm 3:30 pm AAS 101

Atlantic History

CAS AA 385 (4 credits)

Examines the various interactions that shaped the Atlantic World, connecting Europe, Africa, and the Americas between 1400 and 1800. Begins by defining the political interaction, then emphasizes cultural exchange, religious conversion, and the revolutionary era. Also offered as CAS HI 350.

2015SPRGCASAA385 A1, Jan 21st to Apr 29th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 5:00 pm 6:30 pm AAS 101

Black Radical Thought

CAS AA 388 (4 credits)

Black radical thought in America, Europe, and Africa since the eighteenth century through writings of abolitionists, leaders of revolutions and liberation movements, Black nationalists, and Black socialists. Emphasizes the global nature of the "Black World" and its role in world history. Also offered as CAS HI 361.

Power, Leadership, and Governance in Africa and the Caribbean

CAS AA 395 (4 credits)

Haitian Revolution; British Caribbean, leadership, governance, and power in Africa during the period of legitimate trade; visionaries, dictators, and nationalist politics in the Caribbean; chiefs, western elites, and nationalism in colonial Africa; road to governance in post-colonial Caribbean and Africa. Also offered as CAS HI 352 and IR 394.

Seminar: Ethnic, Race, and Minority Relations

CAS AA 408 (4 credits)

Formation and position of ethnic minorities in the United States, including cross-group comparisons from England, Africa, and other parts of the world. Readings and field experience. Also offered as CAS SO 408.

2014FALLCASAA408 A1, Sep 2nd to Dec 9th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 9:30 am 12:30 pm SOC 252
2015SPRGCASAA408 A1, Jan 21st to Apr 29th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 9:00 am 12:00 pm SOC 252

The African Diaspora in the Americas

CAS AA 489 (4 credits)

Topic for Spring 2015: African American History in Comparative Perspective. African American history in an international framework. Examines development of racial categories during and after the transatlantic trade, Black participation in the wars of independence in the Americas, diverse Black communities in the twentieth century. Also offered as CAS HI 489.

2015SPRGCASAA489 A1, Jan 22nd to Apr 30th 2015
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 3:30 pm 6:30 pm AAS 101

Blacks and Asians: Encounters Through Time and Space

CAS AA 490 (4 credits)

Exploration of historical encounters between Africans and people of African descent, and Asians and people of Asian descent. How such people imagined themselves, interacted with each other, viewed each other, influenced each other, and borrowed from each other.

Directed Study in African American Studies

CAS AA 491 (Var credits)

Directed Study in African American Studies

CAS AA 492 (Var credits)

Topics in African American Literature

CAS AA 501 (4 credits)

Topic for Fall 2013: Literature of the Early Black Atlantic. Considers the first century of literature written in English by authors of African descent, including Phillis Wheatley, Olaudah Equiano, Mary Prince, and Frederick Douglass. How did these writers represent the early modern world? How did they work to change it? Also offered as CAS EN 579 A1.

Topics in African American Literature

CAS AA 502 (4 credits)

Topic for Spring 2015: Tracking Changes in the Twentieth-Century African American Novel: Negotiations of Genre and Gender. Readings of Slave Narratives and Neo Slave Narratives, and the Urban Novel. Authors include Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, and Walter Mosley. Also offered as CAS EN 588.

2014FALLCASAA502 A1, Sep 3rd to Dec 10th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 11:00 am 2:00 pm AAS 101