Graduate Courses

Lecture by Prof Francoise Pfaff

Fall 2022

CAS AA 502: Topics in African American Literature—Maryanne Boelcskevy
F 11:15 am-2:00 pm

The Twentieth-Century African American Novel Transformation of Genre and Gender: Authors may include Frederick Douglass, Harriet A. Jacobs, Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, and Walter Mosley. Also offered as CAS EN 588. 4 cr.

CAS AA 514: Labor, Sexuality, and Resistance in the Afro-Atlantic World—John Thornton
T 12:30-3:15 pm

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 HI 584. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Historical Consciousness. Junior standing required.

CAS AA 588: Women, Power, and Culture in Africa—Linda Heywood
W 2:30-5:15 pm

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.

CAS AA 591: Black Thought: Literary and Cultural Criticism in the African Diaspora—Louis Chude-Sokei
TTh 3:30-4:45 pm

An introduction to literary and cultural thinking in African-America and the Black Diaspora. The course hones in on specific trends, themes, and characteristics of this work and assesses its relationship to broader political and social contexts. Also offered as CAS EN 537. Prereq: two previous literature courses or junior or senior standing.

GRS AA 683: African Diaspora Religions—Margarita Guillory
MWF 12:20–1:10 pm

This course introduces students to religions of the African Diaspora, with a specific focus on the Caribbean and the Americas. Religious traditions such as Africanized Christianity, Cuban Santer?a, Haitian Vodou, Brazilian Candombl? and African American Spiritualism will be explored. Effective Fall 2022, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Historical Consciousness, Research and Information Literacy.

GRS AA808: Seminar: Ethnic, Race, and Minority Relations—Saida Grundy
M 2:30–5:15 pm

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 GRS SO 808.

GRS AA 871: African American History—Paula Austin
Wednesday 2:30–5:15 pm

Surveys the historiography of African American history, investigating the meanings of race, rights, freedom, and democracy during slavery, reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights era, and the Black Power Movement. Also offered as GRS HI 698. 4 cr. Either sem.

Spring 2022

CAS AA 507: Literature of the Harlem Renaissance—Mary Anne Boelcskevy
11:15 am–2:00 pm

An exploration of the literature of the “New Negro Renaissance” or, more popularly, the Harlem Renaissance, 1919-1935. Discussions of essays, fiction, and poetry, three special lectures on the stage, the music, and the visual arts of the Harlem Renaissance. Effective Fall 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Aesthetic Exploration, Critical Thinking. Prereq: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., EN 120 or WR 100 or WR 120).

GRS AA 620: African American and Asian American Women Writers: Cross-Cultural Perspective—Mary Anne Boelcskevy
MW 10:10–11:25 am

Examines literary representations of race, ethnicity, gender and class through the lens of cross-cultural connections between African Americans and Asian Americans. Which strategies do these women writers use to speak to their often-mainstream readers? How do they challenge traditional gender roles? Effective Spring 2022, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Aesthetic Exploration, Critical Thinking.

GRS AA 656: Religion in the Digital Age—Margarita Guillory
Th 12:30–1:45 pm

How has technology impacted religion? This hands-on course explores how digital technologies like the Internet, social media, gaming, and artificial intelligence have changed the way that people think about religion. Effective Spring 2022, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Digital/Multimedia Expression, Writing-Intensive Course, Creativity/Innovation.

GRS AA 808: Ethnic, Race, and Minority Relations—Saida Grundy
W 2:30–5:15 pm

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 GRS SO 808.

GRS AA 882: History of Religion in Pre-Colonial Africa—John Thornton
TTh 2:00–3:15 pm

Study of the development of religious traditions in Africa during the period prior to European colonialism. An emphasis both on indigenous religions and on the African roots and the growth and spread of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the continent as a whole. Also offered as GRS HI 749 and GRS RN 682.

GRS AA 885: Atlantic History—John Thornton
TTh 9:30–10:45 am

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 GRS HI 750.