American Studies : Overview

Department of Transnational Studies

Contact Information

College of Arts and Sciences
732 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: 716.645.2082
Web Address:
Keith Griffler


American Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that awards BA, MA, and PhD degrees. We take a global and hemispheric approach to the study of the Americas, examining local cultures, nations, and regions within their larger geopolitical contexts. Building on our traditional strengths in American Indian studies, critical race theory, feminism, class analysis, and community engagement, we encourage scholarly work on history, politics, visual cultures, literary and oral cultures, environmental and agricultural practices, religions, gender, sexualities, kinship systems, geography, and economics.

We are a vibrant and diverse community of faculty and students committed to rigorous, socially engaged scholarship. Reclaiming the repressed voices, histories, and cultures of marginalized peoples in the Americas has been a central mission of our program since the 1960s. UB American Studies coordinates one of the strongest American Indian studies programs in the United States. In addition, our faculty's creation and implementation of new technologies for accessing and documenting history has situated us at the forefront of American studies.

We seek students who wish to pursue a coherent program centering on the vigorous multidisciplinary study of the Americas. We also welcome international students who seek to deepen their understanding of the cultural, historical, and natural complexity of the United States, or the Americas more generally.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:08 EST