2018-19
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

African-American Studies (AAS)

African and African-American Studies

1004 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14620-4680
Ph: 716-645-2082
F: 716-645-5976
W: www.transnationalstudies.buffalo.edu
Cecil Foster
Chair

The Learning Environment

African and African American Studies at the University at Buffalo replicates the experience of a small liberal arts college in the midst of a major research university. We invite students looking for the advantages of being part of the department that combines personal attention with a wide choice of courses on the African American, Africa, and Caribbean experience. The curriculum emphasizes an interdisciplinary perspective that contributes to mastering the research, writing and critical thinking skills necessary in a society in which higher education plays such a crucial role. At the same time our students are encouraged to refine and develop their individual interests that stem from the extensive understanding of the field the department’s offerings provide.

About Our Facilities

The Department of Transnational Studies is housed in 1004 Clemens Hall and has three dedicated seminar rooms. The department holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classes and lecture halls that can accommodate the program’s teaching philosophies.

About Our Faculty

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the African-American Studies department website for additional information about our faculty.

AAS Courses


  • AAS 100LEC Introduction to African American Studies
    Lecture

    Offers an overview of the major themes, debates, and issues animating the discipline of African-American Studies and an introduction to the social, cultural, and political history of the African diaspora.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 117SEM Hip Hop and Social Issues
    Seminar

    This course explores the foundations/origins of Hip Hop Culture, making connections to current social problems as interpreted by the Hip Hop Generation. Using an interdisciplinary approach, students will interrogate issues of race, class, privilege and power in the context of what is now a global cultural phenomenon. This course is the same as AMS 111 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 118LEC Introduction to African American Music
    Lecture

    Provides students with the history and traditions of African and African American music. Introduces students to all the various modes and genres such as spiritual, gospel, ragtime, jazz, rhythm 'n blues, rock 'n roll, soul and hip hop.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • AAS 119SEM Research: Essential Composition Skills
    Seminar

    Offers instruction in the elements of composition, and helps students improve their writing skills. Focuses on understanding the logic and style of argumentative, descriptive, expository, and narrative writing. Concentrates especially on the arrangement and form of documented and undocumented essays such as book reviews and term papers. Gives attention to the selection, interpretation, and evaluation of source material and to the physical appearance of essays.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AAS 128SEM Public Policies & Social Justice
    Seminar

    In the United States, public policy at every level of government shapes and structures political, economic, social, and cultural life. Public policies are intended to deliver public goods, whether in the area of economic opportunity and development, protection of civil and human rights, education, etc. The question remains: how effective are U.S. public policies and practices at delivering public goods to all communities, especially those communities that remain on the margins of society. This class will focus on current policies relating to public assistance, housing, education, and reproductive health policies.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AAS 149SEM Special Topics
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 184LEC Classic Black Prose
    Lecture

    Introduces students to classic writings of blacks in the Western Hemisphere. Readings include autobiographical or semi-autobiographical works that focus upon physical and mental servitude and colonialism, migration and liberation struggles in the United States and the Caribbean, specifically.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AAS 198SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • AAS 199SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • AAS 202SEM Thghts: Macolm Mlk, Etc
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AAS 209LEC The Story of African Art and Culture
    Lecture

    The diverse and fascinating cultures of Africa have long traditions of indigenous art and esthetics, not only stretching back in time many thousands of years, but reaching directly into today's world. In this class, we will explore the old and new African visual arts.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 215SEM Essay in the Afr Am Exp
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AAS 218SEM Special Topics
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 225SEM Violence in Gender World
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 227SEM The Feminist Essay
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 230SEM Topics in African American Studies
    Seminar

    A specific topic in the interdisciplinary field of African American Studies. Students prepare a bibliographical essay.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 231SEM Topics in African American Studies
    Seminar

    A specific topic in the interdisciplinary field of African American Studies. Students prepare a bibliographical essay.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 233SEM Topics in African American Studies
    Seminar

    A specific topic in the interdisciplinary field of African American Studies. Students prepare a bibliographical essay.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 234LEC Topics in African American Studies
    Lecture

    A specific topic in the interdisciplinary field of African American Studies. Students prepare a bibliographical essay.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 235SEM Topics in African American Studies
    Seminar

    A specific topic in the interdisciplinary field of African American Studies. Students prepare a bibliographical essay.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 236SEM Topics in African American Studies
    Seminar

    A specific topic in the interdisciplinary field of African American Studies. Students prepare a bibliographical essay.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 237SEM Topics in African American Studies
    Seminar

    A specific topic in the interdisciplinary field of African American Studies. Students prepare a bibliographical essay.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 238SEM Topics in African American Studies
    Seminar

    A specific topic in the interdisciplinary field of African American Studies. Students prepare a bibliographical essay.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 239LEC Topics in African American Studies
    Lecture

    A specific topic in the interdisciplinary field of African American Studies. Students prepare a bibliographical essay.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 239SEM Topics in African American Studies
    Seminar

    A specific topic in the interdisciplinary field of African American Studies. Students prepare a bibliographical essay.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 241SEM Women in Devlp Countries
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 253LEC Blacks in Films 1
    Lecture

    Examines the various roles of blacks, both in films produced by black and by white filmmakers. The course offers a range of films, including the early silents of the 1920s-1930s, the black films of the sixties and seventies, and contemporary films. Guest lecturers (film stars, directors) discuss informally their roles in films.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • AAS 254LEC Blacks in Films 2
    Lecture

    Beginning in the late 1940s a change in films dealing with blacks became evident. The social consciousness of the post World War II generation had an effect on the values and conditions faced by blacks. The film industry began to reflect this awareness by producing films that addressed social issues. Deals with the reflective films of the last half of the 20th century.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • AAS 260LEC Major Issues in African American Studies
    Lecture

    Overview of the major issues in the field of African American studies. Offered as a series of lectures and assigned readings, this course uses a variety of disciplines to survey the conditions and development of African Americans from the Atlantic slave trade to the present.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 261LEC African American History
    Lecture

    Surveys the history of African Americans from African origins to the present. The course focuses on the often overlooked but crucial role of African Americans in shaping US and world history. Topics include: West African civilizations, the slave trade and slavery, abolitionism and the Underground Railroad, Emancipation, post-slavery migrations and labor systems, the rise of Jim Crow, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement and Black Power.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 264SEM Black Child in America
    Seminar

    Focuses on the great variety of black children's experiences in the United States, including their experiences both during slavery in the Southern country towns and in the emerging "ghettos" in the North. The course also discusses historical development of social service programs such as Aid to Dependent Children and other government policies. It also explores various issues that contribute to the welfare of African American children.This course is the same as AMS 264, and GGS 264, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • AAS 265SEM Spiritual and Gospel Music
    Seminar

    A study of spiritual and gospel which constitutes the musical ensemble that deals with ways African slaves in America coped with hardships of slavery by expressing their dreams and hopes to be free. This was accomplished by using topics involving Biblical characters, folk songs from Africa, the slave American experience. Explores ways in which this tradition of music has been integrated into general American folk traditions of song and dance, well beyond the slave plantations where they originated.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AAS 270LEC Major Issues in Caribbean Studies
    Lecture

    Provides a social, political and economic overview of the Caribbean. While the course focuses on the twentieth century, it also provides an historical framework for understanding the region. Discussions of that framework and of the geography and economy of the region lay the groundwork for the course. Class sessions are devoted in great degree to social and cultural issues, including ones relating to family, education, literature, religion, and popular pastimes. Our analyses uncover common experiences and identities across linguistic and other boundaries, but space is reserved for particular territories of special historical experience and interest - Haiti and Cuba notably.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 271LEC African American Literature
    Lecture

    Introduction to the study of African American Literature, with focus on major writers such as Frederick Douglass, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison. For example: Prof. H. Young, Contemporary African American Literature and Culture This class introduces students to contemporary African American literature, looking at the diversity of literary production that falls under the category of black. What does it mean to be black and how does the literature we read explode any preconceptions we might have about its various meanings in different locations and time periods? Attention will be paid to topics such as immigration, sexuality, gender and slavery. In addition to novels and graphic novels, the class will include critical analyses of popular culture such as hip-hop, music videos and blogs. Many of the topics can become controversial but the classroom will be a safe place to work through some of the messiness of race and gender. For example: D. Squires, The Black American Autobiography Perhaps the most vital genre in black American literature, autobiography has been central to understanding the development of American history and African American autobiography is central to this understanding. Key historical figures such as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson offered personal accounts of America's foundation. Instead of starting with the founding fathers, however, we'll begin in the cotton field on a journey that will take us all the way to the White House. Starting with texts written by former slaves (Douglass, Jacobs, Wells), this course will explore American life before and after the Civil War, and into the 20th century. Ida B. Wells and Richard Wright provide formidable accounts of segregated America. We will then turn to stories about civil rights movements and the struggle to desegregate the U.S. (Haley, Moody, Angelou). Well tackle questions about sex in the aftermath of the rights movements with Audre Lorde and well ask what exactly Barack Obama, and America more generally, has inherited from this exemplary tradition of American autobiography. This course is the same as ENG 271, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • AAS 275SEM Black and Female
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AAS 280LEC Survey of African Studies
    Lecture

    Overview of African history and politics since the continent's contact with Western Europe in the late fifteenth century. Covers the subject matter in three phases: precolonial times, colonialism, and the postcolonial era. We seek to (1) understand the scope and consequences of the Arab and European slave trade in Africa, (2) examine the dynamics of European imperialism in Africa, and (3) offer perspectives on current African problems. This course is the same as HIS 280, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • AAS 291SEM The African American Artist
    Seminar

    Who are the modern African American artists? How have they come to revolutionize Western arts canons? Where do the roots of their creativity come from? How has slavery influenced and guided their work? Complex, powerful, and intelligent, the African American artist has embraced western arts traditions, while preserving their own, unique, journey into self-identity and realization. In this course, we will explore these issues, including the role gender and LGBT artists have contributed. Extensive use of Powerpoints, videos, films, and readings will help illustrate the topics discussed in class.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 293SEM Race, Law, and Society
    Seminar

    Explores that part of U.S. law that has dealt with the human and civil rights of African Americans (and by implication other racial ethnic groups in U.S. society: Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, etc.) We do this by examining the relevant legislation and U.S. Supreme Court decisions. However, where appropriate, decisions of the Executive branch made under various 'Executive Orders' are also considered. Any understanding and appreciation of U.S. constitutional democracy requires us to acknowledge the powerful role of race in the evolution of this democracy. Consequently regardless of the time period--the lives of all in the U.S. (of whatever color and sex) have been touched by the interaction between law and race. In Part One of the course we concentrate on an area of legal studies called 'Critical Race Theory,' where our concern is to explore the interaction of law and race from the perspective of issues such as culture, history, gender, identity, politics, class, the media, etc. In Part Two we examine the interaction between race and law from the perspective of the historical evolution of democracy in the U.S. This course is the same as AMS 293, GGS 285 and HIS 304 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • AAS 294SEM Minorities and Education in the US
    Seminar

    Examines education from the perspective of equality of educational opportunity for African Americans and other racial minorities. Considers both the history of the struggle for equality of educational opportunity by African-Americans and the many dimensions of the struggle today - both inside and outside the classroom. Topics include: Brown v. Board of Education, the Civil Rights Movement, racial perspectives on intelligence, affirmative action, the socio-economic and socio-psychological basis of school achievement, teachers and racial identity, the multi-cultural curriculum, race and ethnicity in higher education, desegregation and re-segregation.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • AAS 295SEM Black Gender Studies
    Seminar

    Introduction to how gender shapes the experiences of women and men of African descent. Emphasis is placed on Black women's experiences in families, at work, with the media, with sexuality and fertility, and with political activism. Introduction to how gender shapes the experiences of women and men of African descent. Emphasis is placed on Black women's experiences in families, at work, with the media, with sexuality and fertility, and with political activism.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 301LEC African American Literature: Prose
    Lecture

    A survey of African American literature from mid-eighteenth century to the present. Explores historical, cultural, and aesthetic influences. Writers include those from the fugitive school, the Harlem Renaissance, the literary mainstreamers, the New Black Arts Movement and the modern Black womanist tradition.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AAS 302SEM Black Women Writers
    Seminar

    A study of modern literature by Black women writers, with emphasis on the major traditions, i.e., naturalist, civil rights, the new Black Arts movement, Black womanism, etc. and the writers' contribution to the shaping of modern literary culture. Explores the writers' expressions of political, social, artistic and aesthetic issues.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AAS 305LEC Song, Sex, and Soul
    Lecture

    Uses the lyrics and rhythms of African American music to examine some of the cultural history of the United States. The examination emphasizes how the lyrics and rhythmic patterns of this music affect our daily lives.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AAS 306SEM Structure of Urban Policy
    Seminar

    An introduction to poverty as a major social issue facing urban African-American communities. Uses an analysis of institutional discrimination to develop a comprehensive analysis of Black urban poverty as shaped by race, class, and gender. Topics covered might include surveying of how Black poverty has been analyzed in scholarship and public policy, assessing specific public policies such as Urban Renewal, school desegregation and busing, public housing, and Section 8 housing programs, for their effects on Black poverty, and exploring the special needs of specific poverty populations such as Black children.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AAS 312SEM Gender Issues Cont Africa
    Seminar

    This seminar examines current policy frameworks and agendas such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and public policy responses to poverty, gender inequalities in democratic participation and socioeconomic development. It further interrogates burning issues of human rights and the rights of the girl child as they pertain to social practices such as female mutilation and child soldiers. It analyzes also the changing dynamics of households due to the combined effects of transnational migration, HIV/Aids and conflicts and their gender implications. It revisits opportunities for social change in the face of an increased pressure from globalization, environmental degradation, a growing retrenchment of the state, and many threats to human security. This course is the same as GGS 316, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 314SEM Black Philosophy
    Seminar

    Examines the emergence of a philosophical tradition within the African, African-American, and Caribbean context, its relationship to "Western" canons of philosophical inquiry, and its engagements with questions of racial oppression, consciousness and culture, the politics of liberation, and the meaning of freedom. Specific topics addressed vary from semester to semester but may include Black Liberation Theology, Marxism and the Black Radical Tradition, Black Feminist Thought, the Black Self in Slavery and Freedom, and Blacks and Money. We also consider the lives and writing of individual thinkers from throughout the African diaspora including, but not limited to, W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Frantz Fanon, Sylvia Wynter, C.L.R. James, Audre Lorde, Leopold Senghor, Claudia Jones, Stuart Hall, Chiekh Anta Diop, Achilles Mbembe, and Angela Davis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • AAS 315LEC Ancient African Civilizations
    Lecture

    Provides an intensive examination of humans and society in ancient Africa, stretching back to humankind's evolution and including an analysis of early forms of African state formations. Ancient Africa is cut off from the period of European presence in Africa, marked by the beginnings of the Atlantic Slave Trade. The course features the following themes and topics: (1) Prehistoric ancient Africa; (2) the desiccation of the Sahara and its consequences; (3) Africa and Mediterranean civilizations; (4) Coptic Christianity and the early history of Christianity; (5) Islam and its brush with Christianity in ancient Africa; (6) Africa's ancient state formations; (7) the impact of Arab invasion and occupation on ancient African state formations; (8) the Bantu migration hypothesis; and (9) the mystery of the Great Zimbabwe's. All of these lead to an examination of the dynamics of civilizations in ancient Africa, including their failed forms, using Arnold Toynbee's perspectives on the rise and fall of civilizations as a theoretical point of departure. This course is the same as HIS 314, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • AAS 318SEM Black Presnc Lat Am Cult
    Seminar

    Considers black presence and black heritage within Latin American culture, viewed through literature, films, art, and the theatre. Also explores stereotypes in arts and the mass media. This course is the same as AMS 319, LLS 308, and HMN 318 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • AAS 320SEM Research Methods
    Seminar

    Introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of African American Studies, its relationship to other disciplines, and to social science research methodology. Students read the classic literature in the field and prepare annotated bibliographies. Topics covered may include slavery, colonialism, urbanization and migration, gender and gender construction, and intellectual movements. This course is the same as AMS 364 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: Completion of Communication Literacy 1 or completion of Writing Skills 1 (ENG 101 or placement into ENG 201)
  • AAS 324LEC Black Writers
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AAS 326LEC African-American Political Development
    Lecture

    Introduces students to black political development in the Western Hemisphere, particularly emphasizing the Caribbean area and the socio-political relationships between black West Indians and other black communities in the Western Hemisphere.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AAS 327SEM Current African Affairs
    Seminar

    Considers major current events in Africa. However, in focusing on current events our approach involves examining the historical roots of these events.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 333LEC Race, Ethnicity, and Education
    Lecture

    Explores how factors of race and ethnicity affect the relationship between schooling and society in the United States. Among the issues covered are school curriculum, equality of educational opportunity, socialization, power and ideology, school-government relations, and educational reform.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • AAS 337TUT Supervised Research
    Tutorial

    A research course designed for students interested in investigating areas of study about Africa Americans and Diaspora Blacks.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AAS 341SEM Hist of African Amer Music
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AAS 345SEM American Ethnicities
    Seminar

    Examines the phenomenon of ethnicity as a salient principle of social organization in America. The course seeks also to clarify what is unique about black ethnicity in America, analytically and historically, and to compare African American experiences with those of other ethnic groups.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AAS 346LEC Soc/Pol Change in Africa
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AAS 350SEM Identity Politics
    Seminar

    This course will look at the how politics influences social attitudes and intersects with all the activities and behaviors of urban dwellers. We will examine how the deleterious behaviors that are related to urban living conditions are often determined by politics. We will attempt to ferret out these urban social attitudes by reading such primary sources as federal and state legislation and local by-laws. Educational and residential discrimination will be specifically highlighted.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 355SEM Race, Class, and Society
    Seminar

    Considers how the social divisions of race, gender, ethnicity, and class in the United States today influence the functioning of society in terms of politics, economics, culture, and so on. The course also places special emphasis on current and historical African American experiences. This course is the same as GGS 354 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • AAS 356SEM Afr/Am Myths & Folkways
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 358SEM African Diaspora
    Seminar

    A diaspora is not merely a spreading of a particular people, but literally a forced dispersal, touched off by some great cataclysmic event or process. Africa has experienced no fewer than two such processes (both at the hands of Europe): the slave trade and imperialism (or colonialism). These diasporas have profoundly shaped the world we live in today, though Africa and its diasporas have largely been treated as an afterthought in the study of world history. One major goal of this course is to study the processes of the African diasporas to understand how Africans and their descendants have impacted world history-a world historical agency that has generally been ignored or denied. Another major goal of this course concerns the understanding not so much of the past but of our world today. This course is the same as AMS 358 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • AAS 361SEM Slavery and the Underground Railroad
    Seminar

    Deals with an aspect of American history (roughly 1830-1860) involving the quest for freedom by African slaves who ran away from bondage through an elaborate system of escape routes stretching from the U.S. South to the North and Canada. Labeled the "Underground Railroad," these networks were managed by 'conductors' who helped their 'passengers' (the escaped slaves) move from 'station' to 'station' and to reach freedom in the North. Probes the background history of slavery, the legislative backcloth of the Underground Railroad, its geography of routes, and the biography of its major 'conductors.' Explores the local history of the Underground Railroad of Western New York, including planned visits to its 'stations' in Buffalo, Rochester, and Ontario.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 363TUT Junior Seminar: Directed Readings
    Tutorial

    Introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of African American Studies, its relationship to other disciplines, and to social science research methodology. Students read the classic literature in the field and prepare annotated bibliographies. Topics covered may include slavery, colonialism, urbanization and migration, gender and gender construction, and intellectual movements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: permission of instructor
  • AAS 367LEC Communication and the Law
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 372LEC Selected African American Writers
    Lecture

    Focuses on an adherence to traditional themes in the African American canon and those writers whose outstanding efforts have continued the evolution of that canon. Discusses the themes of community and freedom and literacy, as well as the trope of black signifying.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 375SEM African's View of Am Black
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AAS 377SEM Caribbean Literature
    Seminar

    Examines the literature of the Islands within the context of historical, social, political, and economic circumstances that manifest themselves across linguistic boundaries. This seminar is devoted to major prose works written in English or in translation. Includes introductory lectures that examine broader issues relating to Caribbean literature. The class experience is enriched by videos and guest lecturers. The creative prose works are selected with an eye to thematic and conceptual variety.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 381LEC Special Topic
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 382SEM Special Topics
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 385SEM Special Topics
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 386SEM Male-Female Relationships
    Seminar

    Explores the function of various societal traits that dominate a relationship and how religion, education, economic status, family beliefs, racial beliefs, and friends influence the way a couple interacts. There are many struggles in relationships that take on such forms as dominance or subservience, fear or hope, and jealously or acceptance.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 391LEC Black Family: The Old World and the New
    Lecture

    An exploration of family life in Africa and the United States. Compares family structure in an agrarian culture and an industrial society. Examines the influences of race, class, religion, and government on the family. Topics also include familial responsibilities of health, education and general welfare.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AAS 392SEM The Black Church
    Seminar

    Explores the origin and development of the African American church and its role in the sociopolitical and economic organization of African Americans in a comprehensive historical and sociological overview of the African American religious experience. The course examines elements of the black church that have survived from Africa and includes considerations of the black presence in the Bible. It considers in some details the enlarged black church in the post-emancipation era, including its social roles in the economy, education, etc., and its transformation during the great migration of the World War I Era. The course also considers the contribution of black theology to modern black liberation and the Civil Rights movement.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AAS 393LEC Survey of Black Middle Class
    Lecture

    Simultaneously examines two centuries of black middle class virtues and vices, while each student carries out a self-examination of his/her own middle-class status and/or aspirations. Achieves the second exercise with the aid of interest tests that serve as guides for each student's five-year plan after graduation.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AAS 414SEM Health Problems in the Black Community
    Seminar

    Addresses issues of health and disease in the African Diaspora from the point of view of African peoples biology and culture. Includes African healing traditions in the Caribbean and North America, as well as black responses to modern medical revolutions. Examines selected public health issues in black communities, such as AIDS and homicide.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • AAS 415SEM Black Face/White Forum
    Seminar

    Explores the cultural development of African Americans during the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth century. Requires students to be familiar with the secondary literature on African Americans' history and culture. Also analyzes some aspects of black's social and political life in an urban setting.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AAS 416SEM Black/White View of America
    Seminar

    Examines how African Americans view themselves and how they view the opportunities available to them. We look at how the supposed differences in the viewpoints of blacks and whites divide American society into the haves and the have-nots, and how the similarities remain a secret hidden by our educational system and mass media.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • AAS 417SEM Black Aesthetics
    Seminar

    Introduces the major images elements of sound, lights, space, and time-motion, and how they are used in film and television to influence perception. The course is designed to provide students with criteria to help them judge and experience media-articulated messages at different intellectual and emotional levels. Analyses and discusses specially selected television and film materials in terms of how media elements can be used to influence perception and emotions. Encourages students to do comparative analyses of different types of mass media communications to discover relevant cultural elements and the principles underlying their uses.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • AAS 425SEM Liberation Struggles of the African Diaspora
    Seminar

    Focuses on the movements of people of African descent in search of freedom from colonialism, racial oppression, slavery, and apartheid. Uses a comparative approach to trace evolving programs and conceptions of the freedom struggle across generations and regions. Topics include the Haitian Revolution, the African-America civil rights movement, the South African anti-apartheid movement, and the anti-colonial movements of Africa and the Caribbean.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • AAS 460SEM Black Women in United States History
    Seminar

    Examines the history of black women in the United States from the slave era through the reform movements that occurred after World War II. Focuses on the range of demands placed on black women during the Gilded and Progressive eras - the founding of the National Association of Colored Women in 1896, their participation in the women's suffrage movement, black struggles for liberation in the United States and in the African Diaspora, cultural movement, war, labor force participation, and health. Also explores black women's interaction with male-dominated groups and feminists from other racial and ethnic groups. Students will analyze black women as leaders, their leadership styles and the impact that they have made on constituents. This course is the same as HIS 468 and GGS 460, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • AAS 461SEM Special Topics
    Seminar

    This research and reading seminar each semester explores a specific topic in African American Studies. Topics may include urbanization, women's history, archeology, slavery, civil rights, labor, etc.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 496TUT Community Internship
    Tutorial

    Assigns to students a research project with a community-based organization, agency, or center. Much time is spent studying how the agency structures and disseminates its services. Provision for effective research enables the student to participate in the black community and observe the dynamics of community activities and the role of the black community in decision making in government and social agencies and in the development of cultural and economic activities.

    Credits: 1 - 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • AAS 497SEM Honors Seminar
    Seminar

    One-semester course; builds on AAS 363 and culminates in a research project in cooperation with a member of the department's faculty. The Honors Seminar is tutored at a level more advanced than in the B.A. major program. Students complete AAS 464 with an awareness of the discipline's history, its changing foci and relation to other disciplines, its great works and pivotal intellectual figures, and its important research tools and resources.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • AAS 498SEM Senior Seminar: Research Project
    Seminar

    One semester course; builds on AAS 363 and culminates in a research project in cooperation with a member of the department's faculty. Students complete AAS 463 with an awareness of the discipline's history, its changing foci and relation to other disciplines, it s great works and pivotal intellectual figures, and its important research tools and resources.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • AAS 499TUT Independent Study
    Tutorial

    Students conduct research or a project under the supervision of a member of the department's faculty.

    Credits: 1 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: permission of instructor
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