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.

2017FALLCASAA103 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:30 am 10:45 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.

2017FALLCASAA207 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 3:30 pm 4:45 pm EPC 207
2017FALLCASAA207 A2, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 11:15 am 12:05 pm SOC 241
2017FALLCASAA207 A3, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 3:35 pm 4:25 pm CAS 201
2017FALLCASAA207 A4, Sep 11th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 2:30 pm 3:20 pm SOC 241

Arts of Africa and Its Diaspora

CAS AA 215 (4 credits)

Exploration of a diversity of visual and performing arts from Africa, including ceramics, textiles, royal regalia, masquerades, and contemporary painting. Examines how the dispersal of Africans, due to the transatlantic slave trade and immigration, contributed to the cultural richness of the Americas. Also offered as CAS AH 215. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

2017FALLCASAA215 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 12:30 pm 1:45 pm CAS B36

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. Also offered as CAS EN 370.

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.

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)

Through historical scholarship, oral history, documentary film, and excursions to local historic sites, this course explores how African Americans created a dynamic and multifaceted movement for civil and human rights from the 1950s to the present. Also offered as CAS HI 299.

The Politics and Policy of HBO's The Wire

CAS AA 313 (4 credits)

HBO's television series The Wire is used to explore politics and policy. A number of interdisciplinary topics are covered, including the war on drugs, urban elections, bureaucracy, rational choice theory, and the decline of American cities. Also offered as CAS PO 313.

2017FALLCASAA313 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 2:00 pm 3:15 pm CGS 505

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 Santeria, Vodun, and carnival. Also offered as CAS AH 316.

Sociology of Race, Class & Gender

CAS AA 335 (4 credits)

Examines race, class, gender, and sexuality as intersecting axes of stratification, identity, and experience. Draws heavily from feminist theories in both sociology and history in order to analyze how these intersections can be applied to understanding social problems and structures. Also offered as CAS SO 335.

2017FALLCASAA335 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:00 am 12:15 pm SOC B57

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)

Surveys the history of African Americans from their African origins to the present, investigating their critical role in shaping the meaning of race, rights, freedom, and democracy during slavery, reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the civil rights era. Also offered as CAS HI 298.

2017FALLCASAA371 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 10:10 am 11:00 am CAS 201

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.

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.

2017FALLCASAA385 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:00 am 12:15 pm AAS 101

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.

2017FALLCASAA395 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 11:15 am 12:05 pm BRB 121

Seminar: The Family

CAS AA 404 (4 credits)

Explores the rise of "modern" families and the plurality of contemporary family forms and processes including gay and lesbian families and new reproductive technologies. Particular attention to social and economic inequalities and their implications for family life. Also offered as CAS SO 404.

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.

The African Diaspora in the Americas

CAS AA 489 (4 credits)

History of peoples of African descent in the Americas after end of slavery from an international framework. Examines development of racial categories, emergence of national identities in wake of the wars of independence, diverse Black communities in the twentieth century. Also offered as CAS HI 489.

Directed Study in African American Studies

CAS AA 491 (Var credits)

Directed Study in African American Studies

CAS AA 492 (Var credits)