Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

African-American Studies - Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA (Major, or Double Major, or Joint Major, or Double Degree, or Subsequent Degree, or Combined Degree), Minor
Graduate: MA, PhD in the American Studies program (with a concentration in African & African American Studies)

NOTE: For definitions of the different types of degrees you can pursue in this program, "Major Requirement" under University Degree Requirements in Policies and Procedures in this catalog.

Advisement

The Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Transnational Studies, who is a member of the department's full time teaching faculty, is available to meet with students throughout the semester. As we cannot provide advisement through e-mails, please contact the department's undergraduate studies secretary to find out the director's office hours. Students interested in doing a major or a minor in the African & African-American Studies program are encouraged to speak with the director to discuss their interests in the program, as well as to plan course sequencing to meet all criteria. NOTE: advisement for "general education" and other university requirements for the African & African American Studies degree is provided by advisers in the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisement & Services.

Advanced Placement Credit
Students who have advanced placement credit in African & 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 & 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.

Advising Notes

Complete and submit the application form for a major in African & African American Studies to the Department of Transnational Studies. The application form is available at their website.

Finish in Four Sequence

View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the African-American Studies BAwhich is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

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.

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-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.


Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major 36
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 40
Additional Credits Required for Electives 44
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting prerequisite or major/minor requirements for the African & African American Studies program. For general education and remaining university requirements, see Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) . NOTE: advisement for "general education" and other university requirements for the African & African American Studies degree is provided by advisers in the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisement & Services.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:

  • Broad thematic periodization and chronology (from the perspectives of empire, race, diaspora, and resistance) of African history, and the place of Africa in world history from antiquity to the present.
  • The broad parameters (from the perspectives of internal developments as well as external relations) of the current socio-economic, political, and cultural circumstances of the people of the African continent.
  • The broad thematic periodization and chronology (from the perspectives of identity, oppression and resistance, and democracy and social justice) of the socio-economic, political, and cultural history of the African diaspora in the Americas, and the role of the African diaspora in the history of the Americas up to the present.
  • The role of African Americans (together with other minorities) in the evolution of U.S. constitutional democracy through their struggles for democratic participation and inclusion.
  • Major descriptive and analytical themes in the current socio-economic, political, and cultural circumstances of the African diaspora in the Americas (including their relations with other racial minorities).
  • Major descriptive and analytical themes in the historical role of the women of the African diaspora in the Americas, and in their current socio-economic, political, and cultural circumstances.
  • The major literary and audio-visual texts - both fiction and non-fiction - that document aspects of past and/or present socio-economic, political, and cultural circumstances of the African diaspora in the Americas (including their relations with other racial minorities)

African-American Studies - Joint Major

Acceptance Criteria

See "Major Requirement" under University Degree Requirements in Policies and Procedures in this catalog.

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 for the joint major: 24 (plus 24 from the other program)

Note: (a) Additional requirements for the joint major are determined by the other department. (b) The HUB computer system is not configured for joint majors; therefore, please see the undergraduate studies director in both departments to manually create a joint-major folder for you.

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

About the Joint Major

See "Major Requirements" under the University Degree Requirements in Policies and Procedures in this catalog for the definition of a joint major.

African-American Studies - Minor

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.

Advising Notes
Submit the application form for a minor in African & African American Studies to the Department of Transnational Studies. The application form is available at their website.

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

Minor Credit Requirements Chart
Total Credits Required for Minor/Certificate 18

Minors must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

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