Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

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

Application deadline: Rolling

Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

The African & 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.

Popular African & African-American Studies courses included "Introduction to African American Studies," "Blacks in Film," "The African Slave Trade," "African Diaspora," "African American History," "Hip Hop and Social Issues," "Race and Law," "Survey of African Studies."

The typical class size for:

First year/introductory courses is: 40-45
Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 25-30
Upper level/advanced courses is: 15-20

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

The African & African-American Studies program has core faculty within the Department of Transnational Studies 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 have 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.

Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

Notable Program Features

Community Service Programs

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

Students who enroll (prior permission required) in the internship course (AAS 399) may be assigned/or may select a research project with a community-based organization. Provision for effective research enables the student to participate in the African American community, and to observe the dynamics of community activities and the role of the African American 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.

Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience


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
We do not have an independent scholarship program; however you may want to explore other avenues of financial assistance within the university described here: http://admissions.buffalo.edu/costs/index.php

Extracurricular Activities

African & African-American Studies faculty enjoy close relationships with several student organizations, including the Black Student Union, the Caribbean Students Association and the African Students Association. African-American Studies faculties often serve as advisers to these student groups.

See the UB Student Association.

Complementary Programs and Courses

Majors that Complement African & African-American Studies

Minors that Complement African & African-American Studies included:

Links to Further Information About this Program

Last updated: February 22 2022 21:08:39