African And African American Studies : About The Program

About Our Degrees

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 in AAS 100 Introduction to African American Studies

Acceptance Information

Students in the African and African American studies honors program must satisfy the requirements outlined for majors and must also maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25 in prerequisite courses.

Application deadline: Rolling

Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

The African and African American Studies program is interdisciplinary and offers courses in such areas as social sciences and the humanities. These courses cover topics on Africa and the Americas.

Most African and African American Studies courses are taught in technology classrooms that give students access to the internet and other audio and visual resources.

Popular among African and African American Studies courses are "Introduction to African American Studies," "Blacks in Film," "The African Slave Trade," "African Diaspora," "African American History."

The typical class size for:

First year/introductory courses is: 40-45
Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 30
Upper level/advanced courses is: 15-20

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

African and African American Studies has core faculty who have distinguished themselves as scholars and teachers. Faculty have been fellows at prestigious scholarly centers such as the Rockefeller Foundation and Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies. This faculty is joined by renowned affiliated faculty from throughout the university and western New York.

Our faculty has published monographs and articles, edited major journals and served on prestigious scholarly boards in the United States and abroad. They have been awarded distinguished teaching awards.

Many faculty serve on the boards of directors of local agencies.

Jessie Carter is director of undergraduate studies and is available to meet with students throughout the academic year.

See a list of our Undergraduate Faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

Notable Program Features

Community Service Programs

The African and African American Studies Community Service Program was established to organize activities that are mutually beneficial to the African American community in Buffalo and the University at Buffalo. In the past, it has collected archival material on the activities of Blacks in areas of education and politics. The program emphasizes projects that develop academic and job-related internships for students.

Students who enroll in the internship course (AAS 399) may be assigned a research project with a community-based organization. Provision for effective research enables the student to participate in the black community, and to observe the dynamics of community activities and the role of the black community in decision-making in government and social agencies, as well as in the development of cultural and economic activities.

Study Abroad Programs

Students are encouraged to participate in study abroad programs in Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. See Study Abroad(www.buffalo.edu/studyabroad).

Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience

Internships

Students have an opportunity to work on public policy projects through the offices of state and local legislators and law firms. They may also be placed in community agencies or placed with individual faculty to pursue their research interests.

Underground Railroad Project

The Underground Railroad Project features the research initiatives of the program's mandate to serve the community. Students gain hands-on experience in data collection, archival research, and preservation.

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

Honors Program Acceptance Information
1) Completion of AAS 100 Introduction to African American Studies or equivalent course and two additional courses.
2) Maintenance of a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall.
3) Maintenance of a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the prerequisite courses.
4) Students must be in good academic standing and have progressed to at least their sophomore year.

Academic Requirements
Students in the African and African American Studies honors program must satisfy the requirements outlined for majors and must also maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25 in courses within the major.

Project
Students in the honors program must complete AAS 497 Honors Seminar. This advanced level is reflected in the course's 4-credit-hour value for honors students (1 credit hour beyond that required for majors outside the honors program). The senior research project must be awarded at least a B+ (3.33) to be accepted as an honors project.

Extracurricular Activities

African and African American Studies enjoys close relationships with several student organizations, including the Black Student Union, the Caribbean Students Association and the African Students Association. African American Studies faculty often serve as advisors to these student groups.

See the UB Student Association.

Complementary Programs and Courses

Majors that Complement African and African American Studies

Minors that Complement African and African American Studies

Courses Outside African and African American Studies that Could Enhance Employment
Opportunities

Links to Further Information About this Program

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:06 EST