Undergraduate Courses

A glimpse into Professor Boelcskevy’s “Harlem Renaissance” course, Summer 2015.

Spring 2017 Courses

CAS AA 207 A1 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity—Saida Grundy
MWF 10:10-11:00am
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.

CAS AA 215 A1 Arts of Africa and Its Diaspora—Cynthia Becker
TR 9:30-10:45am
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.

CAS AA 304 A1 Introduction to African American Women Writers—Mary Anne Boelcskevy
TR 9:30-10:45am
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.

CAS AA 306E A1 Experiencing Cuba: History, Culture, and Politics—John Thornton and Julie Klinger
March 5-12, 2017
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.

CAS AA 310 A1 Civil Rights History—Ashley Farmer

TR 11:00-12:15am
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.

CAS AA 382 A1 History of Religion in Pre-Colonial Africa—John Thornton
TR 10:10pm-11:25am
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.

CAS AA 408 A1  Seminar: Ethnic, Race, and Minority Relations—Saida Grundy
M 2:30-5:15pm
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.

CAS AA 489 A1  The African Diaspora in the Americas- Linda Heywood
R 3:30-6:15pm
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.

CAS AA 490 A1 Blacks and Asians: Encounters Through Time and Space—Ronald Richardson
R 12:30-3:15pm
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.

CAS AA 502 A1 Topics in African American Literature—Mary Anne Boelcskevy
W 2:30-5:15pm
Topic for Spring 2016: 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.

CAS AA 504 A1 African American and Asian American Women Writers—Mary Anne Boelcskevy
TR 12:30-1:45pm
Cross-cultural comparison of selected African American and Asian American women writers examines strategies by the “Other” to navigate cultural constructions of race, class, and gender. Attention to literary histories. Also offered as CAS EN 584.

CAS AA 514 A1 Labor, Sexuality, and Resistance in the Afro-Atlantic World—John Thornton
F 11:15-2:00pm
The role of slavery in shaping the society and culture of the Afro-Atlantic world, highlighting the role of labor, the sexual economy of slave regimes, and the various strategies of resistance deployed by enslaved people. . Also offered as CAS HI584.

CAS AA 580 A1 The History of Racial Thought—Ronald Richardson
M 02:30-5:15pm
Study of racial thinking and feeling in Europe and the United States since the fifteenth century. Racial thinking in the context of Western encounters with non-European people and Jews; its relation to social, economic, cultural, and political trends. Also offered as CAS HI 580.

Fall 2016 Courses

CAS AA 103 A1 Introduction to African American Literature—Mary Anne Boelcskevy
TR 09:30-11:00am
Examines political, cultural, and historical roots of the African American experience through readings in African American literature. Carries humanities divisional studies credit in CAS. Also offered as CAS EN 129.

CAS AA 207 A1 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity—Saida Grundy
MWF 1:00-2:00pm
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.

CAS AA 304 A1 Introduction to African American Women Writers—Mary Anne Boelcskevy
TR 9:30-10:45am
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.

CAS AA 313 A1 The Politics and Policy of HBO’s The Wire—Katherine Einstein/David Glick

TR 02:00-03:30pm
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.

CAS AA 371 A1 African American History—Ashley Farmer
TR 2:00-3:30pm
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.

CAS AA 395 A1 Power, Leadership, and Governance in Africa and the Caribbean—Linda Heywood
TR 3:30-5:00pm
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.

CAS AA 404 A1 Seminar: The Family—Nazli Kibria
M 09:00am-12:00pm
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.

CAS AA 507 A1 Literature of the Harlem Renaissance—Mary Anne Boelcskevy
W 12:00-03:00pm
This study of the Harlem Renaissance (1919-1935) focuses on literature with overviews of the stage, the music, and the visual arts. Authors include Du Bois, Locke, Garvey, Schuyler, Hurston, McKay, Larsen, Fisher, Hughes, Cullen. Also offered as CAS EN 377.

CAS AA 517 A1 Urban Politics and Policy—Katherine Einstein
M 09:00-12:00pm
Explores the impact of American urban politics on the implementation of local policy. Topics include deindustrialization, white flight, neighborhood effects, housing policy, schools, regionalism, and factors that constrain policy-making capacities. Also offered as CAS PO 517.

CAS AA 588 A1 Women, Power and Culture in Africa—Linda Heywood
W 3:00-6:00pm
Understanding the role of women in African history. Topics include the Atlantic slave trade, power, religion, the economy, resistance movements, health, the state, and kinship. Emphasis on the period before independence. Also offered as CAS HI 588


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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.