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Graduate Studies Catalog (1999-2001)



Department of African and Afro-American Studies

(716) 395-2470


Chair and Associate Professor: John K. Marah, Ed.D., Syracuse University. Professor: Felix N. Okoye, Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles. Assistant Professor: Ruth Harris, Ph.D., Michigan State University. Professor Emeritus: Ena L. Farley, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin Madison.

While the Department of African and Afro-American Studies does not have a graduate degree program, its graduate course offerings may be applied as requirements and/or electives in degree programs as determined through the advisement process.



African and Afro-American Courses

AAS 504 Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa. Prerequisite: ANT 100 or instructor's permission. Cross-listed as ANT 504. Explores the rich African heritage by means of a critical review of selected African ethnographic studies with particular focus on such topics as: subsistence, trade, kinship, political systems, urban life, and religion. Serves a spectrum of students and contributes to the need to understand the increasing global inter dependence and cultural diversity of the present age. 3 Cr.

AAS 517 Cultural Heritage and the African American Child. Explores creativity, as well as the despair African Americans have and continue to exhibit, in response to discrimination and opportunity. Contrasts children's game songs with Black English controversy. Examines the influence of social and educational policies on the behavior of African Americans. 3 Cr. Spring.

AAS 528 Racial and Ethnic Relations. Cross-listed as SOC 528. Studies the role of race and ethnicity in social relations. Examines major theoretical orientations toward racial and ethnic stratification, as well as the consequences of inequality for both majority and minority groups. 3 Cr.

AAS 520 Overseas Seminar in Ghana. Consists of lectures, discussion, on-site field trips and opportunities to interact with Africans. Introduces students to various aspects of life in Africa as seen in the history, economy, culture, the arts, social change and political development of the country visited. 6 Cr.

AAS 535 Legal Rights of the Disadvantaged. Analyzes judicial behavior in terms of its effects on disadvantaged groups. Emphasizes the legal and criminal justice systems as a means of social change and the assertion of civil rights and liberties. Requires graduate students to00000 demonstrate a facility in the use of legal materials, public records and primary sources. Requires a major analytical paper. 3 Cr. Fall.

AAS 585 Jamaica Seminar. Explores Caribbean society: the cultural, sociological, economic, and political aspects of Jamaica. Requires graduate students to conduct supervised research projects on selected aspects of Jamaican society or culture. 3 Cr.

AAS 692 Research Seminar in African History. Cross-listed as HST 692. Allows students to develop skills in original scholarly research in African history, and to explore the methods and resources appropriate for a selected area of investigation. Themes vary with the instructor and include African politics, state formation, the colonial experience and P an-African movements. May be taken more than once with different instructors. Open to matriculated and non-matriculated graduate students. 3 Cr.



Department of Anthropology

(716) 395-2682

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Chairperson and Professor: Marjorie H. Stewart, D. Phil., Oxford University. Professors: Margaret B. Blackman, Ph.D., Ohio State University; Jack R. Rollwagen, Ph.D., University of Oregon. Associate Professors: Charles R. Edwards, Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo. Assistant Professor: LouAnn Wurst, Ph.D., Binghampton University.

While the Department of Anthropology does not have a graduate degree program, its graduate course offerings may be applied as requirements and/or electives in degree programs as deter mined through the advisement process.



Anthropology Courses

ANT 501 Native American Art and Culture. Prerequisite: ANT 100 or ARH 201 or permission of instructor. Provides a survey of Native American visual arts (north of Mexico) viewed within the context of Native American cultures and through the framework of anthropology. Considers Native American arts by culture area: their roots, traditional expressions, changes with European contact, and contemporary expressions. Relies heavily upon the use of audiovisual material. 3 Cr. Spring.

ANT 502 Latin America. Prerequisite: ANT 100 or instructor's permission. Analyzes contemporary Latin America through studies by social scientists on a variety of topics: rural life, agriculture, rural-urban migration, formal and informal sector, impact on Latin America of inclusion in the world system, etc. 3 Cr.

ANT 503 Biography and Life History (A). Prerequisite: ANT 100 or other cultural anthropology course or permission of instructor. Studies the expression of life stories, their collection and recording, and their presentation in written format. Includes the evolution of the life history in anthropology and oral history; genres of life history; gender and life stories; the life history as an expression of the self vs. the life history as a window on culture; and the limitations of life history research. 3 Cr. TBA.

ANT 504 Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa. Prerequisite: ANT 100 or instructor's permission. Cross-listed as AAS 504. Explores the rich African heritage by means of a critical review of selected African ethnographic studies with particular focus on such topics as: subsistence, trade, kinship, political systems, urban life, and religion. Serves a spectrum of students and contributes to the need to understand the increasing global inter dependence and cultural diversity of the present age. 3 Cr.

ANT 505 Applied Anthropology. Prerequisite: ANT 100, 300 or 321. Examines applied anthropology as the subfield of anthropology that uses anthropological perspectives to analyze and provide solutions for societal problems in the U.S. and glob ally. Using case studies and "hands on" projects, explores the theoretical, practical and ethical implications of applied anthropology. Primarily for students who will ultimately need to address a variety of applied problems in multicultural or nonwestern settings. 3 Cr.

ANT 541 Archaeological Analysis (A). Prerequisite: ANT 110 or ANT 442, or permission of instructor. Students analyze artifacts recently excavated from an archaeological site in western New York. The theoretical aspects of contemporary laboratory methods in archaeology are examined. 3 Cr. Spring.

ANT 590 Topics in Anthropology. An advanced course addressing current topics, issues, controversies, etc. of anthropological significance. Specific topics vary from semester to semester and may address issues in physical anthropology, archaeology, cultural anthropology, or applied/ developmental anthropology. Descriptions of specific topics courses offered in any particular semester may be obtained through the department. May be taken more than once for credit if topics differ. 3 Cr.

ANT 599 Independent Study in Anthropology. Established in consultation between student and instructor. 1-6 Cr. Upon Special Arrangement.

ANT 642 Field Methods in Archaeology(A). This field-based course studies the principal methods and theories of contemporary archaeology. Students will survey and excavate an archaeological site, expose and document prehistoric artifacts, and use their distribution to interpret patterns in human behavior and cultural adaptation. 6 Cr. Summer Session.




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