African And African American Studies : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA
Graduate: MA, PhD American Studies

Advisement

Students interested in African and African American Studies are encouraged to speak with the director of undergraduate studies to discuss their interests in the program, as well as to plan course sequencing to meet all criteria.

Advanced Placement Credit
Students who have advanced placement credit in African and African American Studies may substitute those courses for comparable AAS courses.

Transfer Policy

Students who wish to transfer to the University at Buffalo and pursue a major in African and African American Studies must first be accepted by the university's admissions office before applying to the program. Students are referred by Student Advising Services to this program so that all transfer credits can be evaluated and applied. The program attempts to keep current with the curricular offerings of a number of feeder institutions. Because these offerings are subject to change, transfer students are advised to bring course descriptions and syllabi to the director of undergraduate studies.

African American Studies - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.

Required Courses

AAS 100 Introduction to African American Studies
AAS 280 Survey of African Studies
AAS 358 African Diaspora
AAS 355 Race, Class and Society
AAS 314 Black Philosophy or AAS 395 Black Gender Studies
AAS 417 Black Aesthetics or AAS 425 Liberation Struggles
AAS 320 Research Methods in African American Studies
AAS 498 Senior Seminar

Required electives

Four AAS courses (12 credit hours), no more than 3 credit hours of Independent Study, and no more than 3 credit hours from outside AAS without permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. No more than 9 out of the 12 credits can be at the 100 and 200 level.

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major...36

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

African And African American Studies - Minor

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.

Required Courses

Two of the following courses:
AAS 100 Introduction to African American Studies
AAS 260 Major Issues in African American Studies
AAS 261 Survey of the African American Experience
AAS 270 Major Issues in Caribbean Studies
AAS 280 Survey of African Studies

Required Electives
Four 200/300/400-level AAS courses

Total required credit hours for the minor......18

African American Studies - Joint Major

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.

Required Courses

AAS 100 Introduction to African American Studies
AAS 280 Survey of African Studies
AAS 358 African Diaspora
AAS 355 Race, Class, and Society
AAS 417 Black Aesthetics OR AAS 425 Liberation Struggles
AAS 320 Research Methods in African American Studies
AAS 498 Senior Seminar

Electives
Any one 200 or 300 or 400-level AAS course

Summary
Total required credit hours...24

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements. Note that additional requirements for the joint major are determined by the other department.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:06 EST