Black American Studies (BAMS)
Undergraduate Course Offerings/Descriptions
BAMS 110-010—Introduction to Black American Studies
Ussery, M. MWF 2:30pm-3:20pm
BAMS 110-011—Introduction to Black American Studies
Ussery, M. MWF 3:35pm-4:25pm
Assesses the status of Black America in the modern technological order through an examination of the major spheres of institutional life, including employment, education, politics, criminal justice, and the military.
BAMS 134-010—History of Africa
Maloba, W. TR 11:00am-12:15pm
Introduction to African history south of the Sahara, from the earliest times to 1914. Introduces
major themes in African history: pre-colonial African political, social and economic institutions;
diversity in African political organizations; slave trade and colonialism. Cross-listed with
BAMS 203-010—Art, Power and Architecture in Africa
Okoye, I. TR 2:00pm-3:15pm
Explores several African communities including Bamileke, Yoruba, Shona, Edo, Fon, Kuba and Hasua-Fulani (located among others in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Benin, Congo). Reveals the relationships, sometimes spatial, between art and architecture in their varied stances to, and as representatives of, political, social and spiritual power. Cross-listed with ARTH 204-010.
BAMS 204-010—Urban Communities
Marks, C. TR 9:30am-10:45am
Urbanization, rural-urban social differences and the organization of urban communities by race, class, ethnicity and stage in the life cycle. Cross-listed with SOCI 204-010.
BAMS 205-010—Contemporary Afro-American Issues
Coleman, A. MWF 9:05am-9:55am
The impact of important issues involving Black American people in contemporary society. Critical theoretical analyses of trends that affect programs of the Black Community.
BAMS 207-010—History of Jazz
Thomas, C. TR 2:00pm-3:15pm
Chronological study of the style changes in jazz from the late 19th century to the present. Emphasis on the sociological, economic and technological influences of the period and on the principal personalities who have been primarily responsible for change. Cross-listed with MUSC 207-010.
BAMS 220-010—American Civil Rights Movement
McDuffie, E. MWF 1:25pm-2:15pm
Team-taught, interdisciplinary, history of the American Civil Rights Movement. Deals with the crucial years from 1954 to 1970 and examines the larger history of American race relations. Cross-listed with HIST 220-010.
BAMS 304-010—History of Black America to the Civil War
Coleman, A. MWF 10:10am-11:00am
This course will explore the development of race, gender, work and culture from the colonial era through the Civil War. Using primary and secondary sources, we will explore the social, political,
religious and economic factors that produced change and transformation in the lives of African American men and women. This course has a number of goals, including providing a broad
introduction to the interdisciplinary field of African American Studies. Through history, art, religion, film, music and cultural criticism, we will discuss and explore the construction of African-American identities during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Cross-listed with HIST 325-010.
BAMS 331-010—History of the Caribbean I
Lopez-Denis, A. MWF 1:25pm-2:15pm
Examines major themes in Caribbean history from the pre-Columbian period to the end of slavery in 1838. Discussion of the demographic and ecological consequences of European contact, sugar and slavery, the evolution of Creole cultures and slave resistance. Cross-listed with HIST 331-010.
BAMS 333-010—Peoples of Africa
Weil, P. TR 2:00pm-3:15pm
Social institutions and cultural traditions of Africa; political, economics, legal and kinship systems, and modes of thought . Cross-listed with ANTH333-010.
BAMS 334-010—African American Women’s History
Armstrong-Dunbar, E. MWF 11:15am-12:05pm
Explores the diversity of African American women’s lives and development of women, work, and culture from the colonial era through the late 20th century. Examines the social, political, religious and economic factors affecting change and transformation in the lives of African American women. Provides a broad introduction to the interdisciplinary field of African American and Women’s Studies. Cross-listed with ENGL 347-010.
BAMS 345-010—African American Literature II
Henderson, C. MWF 10:10am-11:00am
Literature by African American writers from the Harlem Renaissance to the present. Cross-listed with ENGL 345-010