American Studies : About The Program

About Our Degrees

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum 2.0 GPA overall.
Minimum 2.5 GPA in these courses:
AMS 107 Introduction to American Studies
AMS 113 American Lives and Environments (before 1900)
AMS 114 American Lives and Environments (after 1900)
Acceptance Information

Deadlines: Rolling

Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

Complete at least six American Studies courses, including at least three at the 300-400 level.

Degree Options
The American Studies program offers the American Studies major (36 credits) and minor (18 credits) in collaboration with the African and African American Studies Program, the Asian Studies Program, the Cuban and Caribbean Program, the Indigenous Studies Program, the Latino/Latina studies program, and Global Gender Studies Program, all of which share our commitment to an interdisciplinary approach.

Indigenous Studies (not a baccalaureate degree program). Indigenous American traditions provide a unique cosmological vision and an irreplaceable source of knowledge about social relationships and the natural environment.

Courses and activities are open to all, but for students pursuing an American studies BA degree with a focus in indigenous studies, the following courses are recommended: AMS 100 Indian Image on Film, AMS 179 Introduction to Native American History, AMS 231-AMS 232 Survey of Native American History, AMS 279 Contemporary Problems of American Indians, AMS 281 Native Americans and the Colonist, AMS 282 American Indian Identity Crisis, AMS 301 Introduction to Indigenous Women, and AMS 306-AMS 307 Native American Art. AMS 162 New World Imaginations is a cognate intercultural studies course.

About Our Courses

The typical class size for:

Freshman/introductory courses is: 20-25
Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 15
Upper level/advanced courses is: 10-15

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

The faculty consists of internationally and nationally renowned scholars who have been awarded prestigious awards for advocacy work, writing various texts and articles, and teaching cross-cultural courses.

See a list of our Undergraduate Faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

We encourage internships in community, labor, racial and social justice organizations such as People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) Buffalo and the Coalition for Economic Justice (CEJ). There are many Native American grants through foundations and the U.S. government as well as Native American community organizations in Western New York.


American Studies faculty and lecturers encourage internships and community service. In addition, community-based research may be included into courses.

Honors, Awards and Scholarships

Past undergraduate students have received the College of Arts & Sciences Honors Award.

Extracurricular Activities

An indigenous undergraduate group exists and is open to all students who are interested in indigenous cultures and events in the area. They hold several social events during each semester.

See the UB Student Association.

Complementary Programs and Courses

Links to Further Information About this Program

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:08 EST