Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

American Studies - Degrees & Policies

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 emails, please contact the department's undergraduate studies secretary to find out the director's office hours. Students interested in doing a major or minor in the 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 American Studies degree is provided by advisers in the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisement & Services.

Transfer Policy

Students who wish to transfer to the University at Buffalo and pursue a major in 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.

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA (Major, or Double Major, or Joint Major), Minor
Graduate: MA, PhD

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

American Studies - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum 2.0 GPA overall.
Minimum 2.5 GPA in prerequisite courses.

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

Prerequisite Courses

AMS 107 Introduction to American Studies
AMS 113 American Lives and Environments (before 1900)
AMS 114 American Lives and Environments (after 1900)

Required Courses

AMS 364 Seminar for Majors
Eight elective American Studies courses; at least four of which must be at the 300/400 level. These electives must include:
  • At least three courses focusing on gender, class, race, ethnicity, and/or indigenous studies
  • At least two courses focusing on American culture(s) before 1900
  • At least three courses focusing on cultures of the Atlantic World or the Americas beyond the United States


Any given course may fulfill more than one of the above categories. Related courses taken outside of the program may be applicable toward the major, when approved by the director of undergraduate studies.

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major 42
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 40
Additional Credits Required for Electives 38
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 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 American Studies degree is provided by advisers in the College of Arts and Sciences Advisement & Services

Learning Outcomes

**Eight electives are required (at least four must be at the 300 or 400 levels). Out of these eight electives; at least three must focus on gender; class; race/ethnicity; and/or indigenous studies; at least two must focus on aspects of U.S. culture(s) before 1900; and at least three must be on aspects of cultures of the Atlantic World or the Americas beyond the United States. NOTE: Any given course may fulfill more than one of the above categories.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:
  • 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 Native American peoples in the Americas, and their role in the history of the Americas up to the present.
  • The role of Native American peoples in the evolution of U.S. constitutional democracy through their struggles for sovereignty.
  • Major descriptive and analytical themes in the current socio-economic, political, and cultural circumstances of the Native American peoples in the Americas (including their relations with other racial minorities).
  • 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, Asian and Latina/o diasporas in the Americas, and their role in the history of the Americas up to the present.
  • Major descriptive and analytical themes in the current socio-economic, political, and cultural circumstances of the African, Asian and Latina/o diasporas in the Americas (including their relations with other racial minorities).
  • The major literary and audiovisual texts - both fiction and non-fiction - that document aspects of past and/or present socio-economic, political, and cultural circumstances of Native American peoples and the African, Asian, and Latina/o diasporas in the Americas
  • Major descriptive and analytical themes in the historical role of Native American women and the women of the African, Asian, and Latina/o diasporas in the Americas, and in their current socio-economic, political, and cultural circumstances.
  • Major descriptive and analytical themes in the historical evolution of the relationship between human beings and the natural environment in the Americas, from the pre-Columbian era to the present

Finish in Four Sequence

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

American Studies - Joint Major

Acceptance Criteria

Definition of Joint Major: See "Major Requirement" under University Degree Requirements in Policies and Procedures in this catalog.

Minimum 2.0 GPA overall.
Minimum 2.5 GPA in prerequisite courses.

Advising Notes

See the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies for advisement and suggestions on course selection.

Prerequisite Courses

AMS 107 Introduction to American Studies
AMS 113 American Lives and Environments (before 1900)
AMS 114 American Lives and Environments (after 1900)

Required Courses

AMS 364 Seminar for Majors
Four elective American Studies courses; at least four of which must be at the 300/400 level. These electives must include:
  • At least two courses focusing on gender, class, race, ethnicity, and/or indigenous studies
  • At least one course focusing on American culture(s) before 1900
  • At least one course focusing on cultures of the Atlantic World or the Americas beyond the United States
  • Any given course may fulfill more than one of the above categories. Related courses taken outside of the program may be applicable toward the major, when approved by the director of undergraduate studies.

    Summary
    Total required credit hours for the joint major: 24

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

    American Studies - Minor

    Acceptance Criteria

    Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.

    Advising Notes

    Complete and submit the application form for a minor in American Studies to the Department of Transnational Studies. (The application form is available at their website: www.transnationalstudies.buffalo.edu ).

    Required Courses

    At least six AMS or other courses among those listed for the major (see above), including at least three at the 300-400 level.

    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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