Courses

Introduction to African American Literature

CAS AA 103 (4 credits)

What is the African American literary tradition? How does it change over time? This course is to introduce you to the cultural, political, and historical contexts of the African American experience through readings of literature. We will read poetry, slave narratives, essays and speeches, tales, short stories, and novels, and as we examine these texts, we will consider how culture, politics, and history shape African American literature. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.

2018FALLCASAA103 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 10:10 am 11:00 am AAS 101
2019SPRGCASAA103 A1, Jan 22nd to May 2nd 2019
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:30 am 10:45 am STH 113
  • Aesthetic Exploration
  • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy

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.

2018FALLCASAA207 A1, Sep 4th to Dec 11th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 3:30 pm 4:45 pm CAS B06B

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.

2019SPRGCASAA215 A1, Jan 22nd to May 2nd 2019
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 12:30 pm 1:45 pm CAS 229

African American Women's History

CAS AA 297 (4 credits)

Survey of African American women's history from the slave trade to the present, investigating its critical role in shaping the meaning of race, gender, and sexuality during slavery, Jim Crow, and the civil rights era. Also offered as CAS HI 297 and CAS WS 297.

African Americans and the Humanities

CAS AA 303 (4 credits)

Examines political, cultural, and historical roots of the African American experience through readings in African American literature. Topic for Fall 2018: The Emancipated Century. Examines Enlightenment notions of "freedom" as manifested in the realities of African American life in the 20th century. Includes a focus on literature, the law and popular culture.

2018FALLCASAA303 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 9:05 am 9:55 am AAS 101
2019SPRGCASAA303 A1, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2019
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 9:05 am 9:55 am AAS 101

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.

2018FALLCASAA304 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 12:20 pm 1:10 pm AAS 102

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.

2019SPRGCASAA305 A1, Jan 22nd to May 2nd 2019
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 12:30 pm 1:45 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.

2019SPRGCASAA306EA1, Mar 9th to Mar 16th 2019
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD

African American History in Global and Comparative Perspective

CAS AA 309 (4 credits)

In-depth study of selected topics in African American history from the seventeenth century to the present. Topic for Fall 2018: Slavery and the Making of Race. Study of the processes of racialization in the making of the New-World. Asks how do contemporary constructions of race, such as "the new Jim Crow" and "Black Lives Matter", draw on histories of the past?

2018FALLCASAA309 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 10:10 am 11:25 am AAS 102

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.

2019SPRGCASAA310 A1, Jan 22nd to May 2nd 2019
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:00 am 12:15 pm CAS 214

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.

2018FALLCASAA313 A1, Sep 4th to Dec 11th 2018
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.

2018FALLCASAA316 A1, Sep 4th to Dec 11th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:00 am 12:15 pm PSY B37

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 and CAS WS 335.

2018FALLCASAA335 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 1:25 pm 2:15 pm SOC B63

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.

2018FALLCASAA371 A1, Sep 4th to Dec 11th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:00 am 12:15 pm MCS B21

European Dimensions of the Black Diaspora

CAS AA 380 (4 credits)

Explores writings about the Black experience in Europe since the 1800s through examinations of historical and literary works, artistic and folkloric depictions, as well as politics and sports in England, France, Germany, Russia, and the Netherlands. Also offered as CAS HI 360.

2018FALLCASAA380 A1, Sep 4th to Dec 11th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 3:30 pm 4:45 pm AAS 101

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.

2019SPRGCASAA382 A1, Jan 22nd to May 2nd 2019
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 2:00 pm 3:15 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.

2019SPRGCASAA385 A1, Jan 22nd to May 2nd 2019
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:30 am 10:45 am 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.

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.

2019SPRGCASAA408 A1, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2019
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 3:30 pm 6:15 pm SOC 252