Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

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.

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 Latina/Latino 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: 15-20
Upper level/advanced courses is: 15

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

The American Studies program has core faculty within the Department of Transnational Studies and they consist 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.

Please visit our department website for additional information about our 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.

Study Abroad Programs
Students are encouraged to participate in study abroad programs in Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. See Study Abroad(www.buffalo.edu/studyabroad).

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

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 on their website.

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

Majors that Complement American Studies include:

Minors that Complement American Studies include:

Links to Further Information About this Program

Last updated: February 22 2022 21:08:39