Undergraduate Study

The African American Studies program explores the African American experience in global and comparative perspective. Courses are designed to make students aware of the connections between Americans of African descent, other Americans, and global populations. Critical investigation of race, ethnicity, and other forms of collective identity is a central concern of the program.

Minor in African American Studies

The minor in African American Studies provides an introduction to the global study of the African American experience and to various forms of collective identity such as race and ethnicity.  The minor requires six courses, completed with a grade of C or higher: CAS AA 371 African American History, CAS AA 580 The History of Racial Thought, and four additional courses in African American Studies.

Courses

  • CAS AA 103 Introduction to  African American Literature(Divisional Studies)
  • CAS AA 207 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (Divisional Studies)
  • CAS AA 304 Introduction to African American Women Writers
  • CAS AA 310 History of the Civil Rights Movement
  • CAS AA 316 African Diaspora Arts in the Americas
  • CAS AA 363 Race and the Development of the American Economy: A Global Perspective
  • CAS AA 371 African American History
  • CAS AA 385 Atlantic History
  • CAS AA 388 Black Radical Thought
  • CAS AA 395 Power, Leadership, and Governance in Africa and the Caribbean
  • CAS AA 396 State and Commerce in Atlantic Africa, 1450–1850
  • CAS AA 408 Seminar: Ethnic, Race, and Minority Relations
  • CAS AA 489 The African Diaspora in the Americas
  • CAS AA 490 Blacks and Asians: Encounters Through Time and Space
  • CAS AA 491, 492 Directed Study in African American Studies
  • CAS AA 501 Topics in African American Literature
  • CAS AA 502 Topics in African American Literature
  • CAS AA 504 African American and Asian American Women Writers
  • CAS AA 505 Black Community and Social Change
  • CAS AA 507 Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
  • CAS AA 510 African American Drama
  • CAS AA 514 Labor, Sexuality, and Resistance in the Afro Atlantic World
  • CAS AA 537 Studies in West Indian Literature: Caribbean Fiction
  • CAS AA 538 Studies in West Indian Literature: Caribbean Poetry
  • CAS AA 559 Reckoning with the Past: Reparations and Justice in Comparative Perspective
  • CAS AA 563 Race and the Development of the American Economy: A Global Perspective
  • CAS AA 564 From Slavery to Freedom: Abolition in Comparative Perspective
  • CAS AA 569 African American Economic History
  • CAS AA 571 African American Art
  • CAS AA 580 The History of Racial Thought
  • CAS AA 586 African Americans Abroad
  • CAS AA 588 Women, Power, and Culture in Africa
  • CAS AA 590 The World and the West

Related Courses

See courses listed in History, Psychology,English, Sociology, Economics,and Religion.

The program offers courses in a wide range of disciplines, including History, English, Political Science, Sociology, and Art History. In addition, the African American Studies Program provides extra-curricular opportunities for students in its minor program. All students are encouraged to take part in the program’s lecture series, regular conferences, and symposia. For example, the African American Studies Program, in collaboration with the Honors Program, offered a group of minors the opportunity to attend the historic Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama as well as to meet with activists and policy-makers in the DC area in January 2009.

For more information on becoming a minor in African American Studies, please contact Professor Mary Anne Boelcskevy, Director of Undergraduate Studies, or Deirdre James, Program Administrator, by email or by phone at 617-358-1421.

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From the exhibit, "From the Body of Liberties to Liberated Bodies," created by the Spring 2009 class on 'Abolition in Comparative Perspective' (CAS AA564)

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Photo taken by an African American Studies minor student while on a program-funded trip to the Presidential Inauguration in November 2008

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